Lord of the Rings books related reviews


Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien, Alan Lee
Rating: 5/5
The Lord of the Rings
Masterful Writing in a Fantasy Epic


"The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" can stand separately, but tell a bigger, better story, if read together. The four books represent one of the earliest fantasy epics, and none have surpassed it. J.R.R. Tolkien created a complex, unreal but realistic world inhabited by many creatures, good, evil, and in-between. The story itself is simple in plot: Bilbo Baggins gets semi-shanghaied into helping a band of dwarves reclaim their family treasure, which was stolen by a dragon. After many adventures, they succeed, but Bilbo happens to acquire a mysterious ring along the way. Without fully understanding its power, Bilbo's cousin/nephew, Frodo inherits the ring, which turns out to be the key to the power of The Enemy, Sauron, who wants to rule the world. The ring gives its wearer long life, invisibility, and the potential to command others, but it is basically evil and corrupts the wearer. Therefore, Frodo must journey into the heart of Sauron's territory to throw it into the volcano, Mt. Doom, as that is the only way to truly destroy it. Frodo is accompanied by a group of (mostly) faithful companions. The ending is predictable, but "God is in the details" and the journey is fraught with danger, plots, treachery, unpleasant surprises, a few pleasant surprises, and many strange beings.J.R.R. Tolkien took pieces of many myths and legends, along with pieces of English folklore, put it in a blender, and produced a masterpiece of imagination and literature. The story is good for any avid reader from age 10 to 150. When a book stays popular over several generations, you know it's something special, and this is a prime example of durability. Enjoy repeatedly over the years!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Lord of the Rings (Leatherette Collector's Edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: 1/5
The Lord of the Rings (Leatherette Collector's Edition)
Where are the women?


I read the book (only) twice at the age of 11 and 14, and thought it was the best book ever. But as I don't any longer think of "Bluesbrothers" as the best movie ever I must admit that even in the LoR there are simply too many things missing: 1) Where are the women? I have a little daughter (4month) and I will not give her the book, because all the heroes are male (see deserves more than beeing a princess) 2) Where is the loss of important people? Dead of people we love is an important part of our lifes. In the LoR all heroes survife: its a fairy tale nothing more. (As Tolkine says, too. 3) Where are the problems between the main charaters? Look at Star Trek TNG: The first episodes are terrible boring, because "we all love eachother" - Star Trek DS9, which had no such restrictions, is much better - right from the beginning.So it is truely a very good book, but only with respect to a very limmited part of human life.



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: 2/5
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1)
THE FIRST = THE WORST


Uau, this is obnoxious writing. It seems Tolkien was mockering his readers. IT's not possible, to a book classified as "fantasy", to start a trilogy in such a boring manner. The description of the hobbits' breakfast, lunch and dinner are annoying, a total waste of time, it only makes some readers (like myself) want to get rid of the little fellas!!! Then comes the endless descriptions of the sun rising, wind from the west, winds from the east, the green of the ground, the waters falling in cascade, the sun rising, the sun going down...!!! Enough!! The FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING is the worst book of the three. As I see, here are the merits and flaws of Tolkien's totally overrated trilogy:* MERITS:1- Someone willing to write such a long book must be respected by the enormous difficulty of the taske alone;
2- TOlkien was really a respected English teacher and historian, and you can sense his joy in writing the book* FLAWS:1- The characters, all of them, are totally faceless, in the style of Frederick Forsyth's characters. We don't have any insight about heir feelings, about what's really going on inside their heads and hearts;2- Tolkien clearly copied unashamedly so many points from other fables, like the Arturian legend, for example;3- The endless descriptions sometimes makes one wonder that he is only gaining time (and pages), by repeating himself over and over again, like " the sun was coming down, the air was heavy, the sun was rising, the air was clean and bright........."" Irc!I really think the complete trilogy would fit in just one 500 pages book. That's all.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Finding God in the Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Authors: Kurt D. Bruner, Jim Ware, Kurt Bruner
Rating: 1/5
Finding God in the Lord of the Rings
JUST WANTED TO POINT THIS OUT


When Tolkien wrote the Lord of the Rings, i gather from all i have read on him that he had no intention of having relate to god. If you read the history set forth in other books he has written on Middle-Earth you will find that while the god in the books is the one and only god they have many god-like beings, unlike the cristain religon. The elves for instance worship countless numbers of these "beings". Tom Bombadil is only one example of this. However for all i know Tolkien may have for some obsure reason written the Lord of the Rings with refrences to the christian religon but as he devoloped it, it is clear to that he evolved it out of that phase. Now, do not think me as a disloyal christain, because i'm not a christain. So, buy this book if you like, but for my sake please stop and laugh at it every ten seconds.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
Everyone should read this.


If thier is any bood that should be required reading for high-schools it is these books. There are no better examples of storytelling and very few that can equall it. Tolken filled a void that had been missing in western culture since the acient greeks (or at least the Nordic tribes) stopped writing. He has created a modern myth. In doing this he started a style of writing that focuses on the basics of storytelling. This writing syle is based of how imaginative the storytelling is, more than the ideas that the writing conveys. Tolken manages to bring the story together in a way that is somthing in between Homer's epics and the classic fairy tales. The plotlines of these books are both generic and incredibly origonal. It has all of the elements that make stories like Star Wars so entertaining to everyone, while at the same time leaving the knowing that the book was about more than adventure, it was about finding some piece of bravery within themselves. The fact that the story is mostly told through the eyes of the hobbits is important. The hobbits give the reader a veiw of a world that is bigger than it would if they were human. This is supposed to make the reader relate to when they have felt small, and as if all of the events in the world are just too big for them to control. The actions of most of the humans is told in a very aloof fashion, as if it happens above the tasks that Bilbo or Frodo are trying to acomplish. Whatever people get out of the Lord of the Rings, Tolken has created what is probably the perfect story. All fatasy is in some way tring to reacreate the feel and imagination that this story created.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
read THE best books ever written!!


Gosh. That is the best book not only of all I've read, but of all you'll ever be able to read, for there is nothing better. It's impossible to explain: elves, ents, battles, journeys, ships, eagles, wizards, orcs, towers, flames, light, dark, temptation, wisdom, mercy, courage - everything is there. Perhaps Tolkien could make the book even better. But if so, I can't see how. One feature that is oftentimes overlooked is the novel's poems and songs. They are simply so beautiful you feel pain in your heart. "The Lord of the Rings" has no drawbacks. What? Too long? Good things don't get too long. Characters are too perfect? None of them, even Aragorn; they are NEARLY perfect, but they had to be such. Besides, there is Gimli, and old Gaffer, and others, they all are incredible. What else? Not enough action? Read about the The Battle of the Pelennor Fields; besides, I hate to say this, but only fools love so-called "action". Read something of Conan endless series, that's your stuff.There are two other books (not by Tolkien), which stand close to the great Middle Earth series. These are the Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin and "The Cronicles of Narnia" by C. S. Lewis. They sometimes share the similar, but still not the same spirit.What else can I say? When I finished reading the last chapter, I, as many others, cried. I'm not ashamed. Read the trilogy and you'll understand why.



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)
One of the great books of our time...


The Lord of the Rings--a challenging, daunting title. The book is over 600,000 words long, and is not by any means a quick read. So why invest all of the time it takes to read this monumental work and everything attached to it?It has been suggested that Tolkien wrote these books in an attempt to educate the masses with ideas and notions from the medieval period. While that may be partly true, no one has really studied or even suggested the psychological reasons for Tolkien's undertaking. He was an Oxford scholar whose specialty was philology(study of languages). He greatly valued the medieval environment in which Lord of the Rings is saturated. There are many points in the books where the medieval influence tends to weigh the reading down, making it more of an advanced history textbook than a story, especially with all of the references to names and events of earlier times gone by. However, that is not to be held against a work of such magnificent significance.It is not simply enough to say that "Lord of the Rings is great!" The book can be approached (and appreciated) on a variety of levels--at the literary, lingual, historical, and for enjoyment for the most part. It is this versatility in which one can approach the book which makes it such a masterpiece. And if one would like to skip over some of the more detailed and descriptive parts, they could still take away a tale of a fantastic journey with enormous ramifications (although it is not recommended). The main point of consideration for these books is that Tolkien meant for them to be an open interpretation. This should mean to anyone what it will, not what the author intended it to be. And maybe, this is a reflection of how he felt about medieval culture, particularly the stories. And we must come back to the crux of this entire work--It is a fantastical world in which trials and tribulations are endured, and joy and mirth are rewarded to those who chose the side of good. For, isn't that the way things should be? As far as the creation of a fantastical world with a vast depth of history goes, the Lord of the Rings has no rival.



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)
A classic for the generations


I highly reccomend this edition to anyone who considers themself a fan of the Lord of the Rings. If you are reading this, you probably already know you like the story. This edition is great for a few reasons. It puts all three books together they way they are meant to be read. I also like it because it is very sturdy and quite good looking on the shelf. This book is meant to be read again and again and still look good. As a nice added bonus, there is a big fold out map in the back that can be helpful if you have trouble visualizing where everything is.This edition may be a bit more expensive than others, but it is well worth it. I have no doubt that I will still be enjoying this book 20 or more years from now.



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)
Beautiful collectible


My daughter asked for this, she wanted a prety copy of the book. I was surprised that she asked, not for the book,but for the collectable version as well as one she would read...It is a lovely edition. When she first asked me for this copy, I was not going to purchae it at the full price the bookstore had it listed for. When I found on Amazon.com, I ordered it right away. It is worth so far more that the price I paid. She is also learning responsibility, taking care of somehting that you care about...



Product: Book Paperback
Title: J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
Inspiring


After growing up on a diet of excellent Irish myths and legends I spent one summer during my student days feasting on Lord of the Rings. Many years later it remains by far my most favourite read - the ultimate victory of good over evil. I now want to buy separate boxed sets as gifts to my children so that they can enjoy and share their enjoyment with me.



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