Lord of the Rings books related reviews


Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
The Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Books


I picked up these books when I was 17, and it's rare that I put them down. The timelessness and re-readability of The Lord of the Rings is unmatched (in my humble opinion) by any other book. I read them once a year now, and each time I discover so many new aspects and happenings that it's almost like reading a whole new book. The Lord of the Rings does what fantasy is intended to do. Tolkien has created a Middle Earth that is wholly fanciful, and yet so parallel to our world in countless ways. The epic battles of good versus evil draw the reader in entirely, and the vivid descriptions of creatures, humans, landscapes and events almost make you feel as though you are standing amidst the story, perhaps made invisible by the ring, tiny among the vast tales of Middle-Earth and its inhabitants.Frodo is a hobbit, a small, hairy-footed inhabitant of a region of Middle Earth called the Shire. Through fate (in the form of inheritance) he comes into possesion of the Ring of Power, created by the Dark Lord Sauron in his quest to dominate all life. It falls upon him to assume the responsibility of Ringbearer, and to set out with a company to destroy the ring in the realm of Sauron in which it was created. The book follows the company's various adventures - Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin, the hobbits of the Shire; Legolas the Elf, ancient and fair; Gimli the Dwarf, who, when he fights, inspires comment such as "Never have I seen an axe so wielded"; Aragorn of the race of Men (whose fate is vastly different than what you might guess when you're introduced to him); Boromir, also of the race of men, whose inner turmoil is so palpable one can almost feel his struggle; and Gandalf the Wizard, whose power is great enough to conquer the most ancient enemies.The folk they meet on their way are equally fascinating. In fact there are so many it would seem nearly impossible to keep them all straight; yet, each character draws you in, and is developed by Tolkien in such a way that each and every one seems real. The protagonists are so noble, and their foes so loathsome, it is difficult sometimes not to urge them on aloud as you read, hoping that in this fantasy world, good will prevail.I have hope that the popularity of the LOTR films will draw many people into the writings that the movies are based upon. If you have only seen the movies, and are considering delving into the books, I strongly urge you to do so. Moviegoers - you ain't seen nothing yet!



Product: Book Paperback
Title: The Hobbit : The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Del Rey
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 1/5
The Hobbit : The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings
Well this book wins the award for the most boring, stupid &


This book had way to many characters! Is boring from start to end and has no point! What the hell does this book mean?



Product: Book Paperback
Title: The Hobbit : The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Del Rey
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
The Hobbit : The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings
a young person's introduction to european style fantasy


A pleasant fantasy story that played an important role in developing the genre. For those readers who need something more to sink their teeth into, I'm with you. Though hobbits and dwarfs and such are cute, in a way, the themes are basic and there are deeper and richer sci-fi and fantasy stories now.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 3/5
The Lord of the Rings
Lacks believable characters


The first time I read LOTR I was fifteen and I discovered that Tolkien's style of writing is not easy to read. I found pages of minute description and background history that was fascinating yet lent very little to the pace and purpose of the story. Some parts of the books were amazingly slow while other parts led up to action sequences that never happened or were disposed with in one paragraph. For those who have just watched the movie it should be noted that the fight with the Balrog was much better on screen than in the book. However, years later I went back to LOTR's and read them again thinking that maybe I was just young and the books were meant for a more mature audience. I found many of the same nagging questions I had the first tiime around. For instance, the true nature of the magic rings are never really described in detail. We know the One Ring controls all of the rings but what does that mean? We know that Gandalf has one of the elven rings along with Elrond and the Elf Queen but how do they ever benefit from them? More importantly we know Gandalf is a wizard but when does he cast a useful spell? On top of this I realized the books lack vivid and accurate characters. I never really identified with any of the characters because they all seemed so inhuman and predictable. So many things in the books just didn't make sense to me. For instance, if the Nazguls are so powerful (and immortal) why don't they just land in the middle of an army and decimate the warriors? Why are the elves leaving to the west? What do the orcs eat if the eastlands are all desolate waste? What the hell is Tom Bombadil dancing around for all the time? Why are there no female characters?In short, the books do have literary merit and Tolkien was one the first people to write such a compelling fantasy story. However, he did not invent the fantasy genre as so many claim, and his books are not without flaws. But if imitation is the measure of genius than Tolkien deserves the utmost respect.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: The War of the Ring: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Three (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 8)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
The War of the Ring: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Three (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 8)
Another masterful contribution to an excellent series


I've already written more detailed reviews of "The Return of the Shadow" and "The Treason of Isengard" so I won't rehash what I wrote earlier. All I will say is that if you are as much interested in J. R. R. Tolkien's creation of Middle Earth as in "The Lord of the Rings" as finished product you must read the works in Christopher Tolkien's "History of the Lord of the Rings" series. Kudos to Mr. Tolkien for taking the time and effort to help us understand the magnitude of his father's creative effort.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: The Hobbit : The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Del Rey
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
The Hobbit : The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit: or the Critic


I enjoyed this as a teenager (who didn't), and can't wait until my son is old enough so that I can read it to him every night. The book that launched a genre.



Product: Book Audio CD
Title: The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, Book 3)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, Book 3)
A refreshing vacation from this particular reality


The urge to see Middle Earth and the sadness to see it "end" when I (with other reviewers) finished the book, makes me wonder if we were'nt made to inhabit some world that has more in common with Middle Earth. I mean, when I thirst;there is water:when I hunger;there is food. Now I am home-sick for Middle Earth; does'nt it exist?! Only a master writer like Tolkien can explain a world that creates such a yearning that invokes such a question. He was an avowed Christian so the answer may be in Heaven with him. If so,I wonder,is Middle Earth still "in" Tolkien, or is Tolkien "in" Middle Earth now ? If the latter is true,then I am going to ask him; "Is there room for some fans of yours too?"



Product: Book Paperback
Title: The Making of the Movie Trilogy (The Lord of the Rings)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Authors: Brian Sibley
Rating: 5/5
The Making of the Movie Trilogy (The Lord of the Rings)
Great Look Into The Greatest Film Project of All Time


The Making of the Movie Trilogy is a great glimpse of just how much though, time, work, and energy went into this wonderful movie trilogy. I own it and love it. The only thing I warn buyers of is that it does not cover much of how "The Return of the King", the third and final "Lord of the Rings" film, was made because the book came out before the third film. Therefore, they didn't want to spoil too much for the final film. I'm sure there will probably be more in-depth books just like this one after all the films are released. Make your decision. I bought it because I couldn't wait!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Lord of the Rings (Leatherette Collector's Edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
The Lord of the Rings (Leatherette Collector's Edition)
BREATHTAKING!


Although I am not a big fan of fantasy, I know that I will always see this as the best book ever written. It both greatly excites the reader and deeply moves them. The only time I've cried after finising a book. Too short



Product: Book Audio CD
Title: The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1)
A great book, but maybe not for everyone.


I make it a habit to read one star reviews of items, so that I can better guage how I might light something. Usually 5 star reviews are over the top and too much to actually trust. But on this occasion, I believe that the one star reveiws have missed the mark. Tolkien's works ARE extremely detailed in their nature. I agree that it slows the pace down drastically. But this isn't a quick little adventure that the characters are on. This is a long journey to save their lives, the homes, and their civilization. You can't expect to solve something so grand without writing it in a grand scale.As for those that have compared this work to an encyclopedia, it is. Look at all that Tolkien wrote about Middle-Earth. This is just one piece of the history. I, myself have yet to finish the Silmarillion do to it's extremely detailed presentation. Do I count that as a terrible book? No. Just detailed. For everyone that said the book was slow and too much, give it another chance sometime in the future. I too enjoy Terry Brooks's Shannara novels, but in my opinion those novels lack a certain amount of detail that Tolkien provides. Yes Mr. Brooks's novels are more action oriented but they lack a "feel." A Tolkien novel gives me the "feel" of Middle-Earth. It makes that a reality. No other novel has that quality for me. Others are simply escapist fare. Tolkien takes me to another world.



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