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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)
This book is targeting everyone !


Uniting all 3 volumes in one book, gives new readers the chance to get into the ring very easily and understand the epic masterpeace. Also for people who actually do not often read books because they do not find the right ones, it has elements that can be enjoyed by everyone.



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)
"Fellowship of the Ring: Part 1 & 2,Unabridged (15 audio ca


This is a review of "Fellowship of the Ring: Part 1 & 2, Unabridged (15 audio cassettes)"The reader is quite good and uses different voices for the different characters. The cassettes are clearly marked so you can place them in the player in a car with out having to look for a little "side a symbol." When side one comes to an end you can press the button to side two and the recording starts there. There are no long empty spaces from the first to the last. Being unabridged, you get Tolkien's words on the fact that the story is not an allegory or has anything to do with any real war.



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
Far richer than Peter Jackson's vision


I'm a long time fan of the Lord of the Rings having first read the Hobbit 35 years ago! I've since read the trilogy through perhaps 10 times. Many people here have described the plot so I won't bother. Instead I want to talk about the way that Tolkien creates a 'believeable' world out of totally fantastic material -- and why Peter Jackson's movies are bound to have such mixed results.Throughout LOTR, Tolkien employs an interesting strategy for dealing with the most fantastical events that occur -- he only lets us see them secondhand through the recollection of the characters. This happens in many places: Gandalf's imprisonment by Saruman is told to us after the fact by Gandalf himself at the Council of Elrond; the battle with the Balrog on Zirak-Zigil is again Gandalf's recollection. I could go on: the destruction of Isengard by the Ents is not directly narrated but comes to us as Merry and Pippin tell the story to their companions, Aragorn's battle with Sauron to wrest control of the Palantir is told from Aragorn's memory, we experience the harrowing Paths of the Dead in the form of Gimli's painful confessional.There are a few places where fantastic events are directly described but most of the time Tolkien lets his characters tell us about 'magical' happenings after the fact. He does this, I think, because it allows the reader to accept them more easily. Tolkien painstakingly creates human-like characters that we trust (even when they're dwarves or hobbits!) and the lets them tell us what happens. So when Merry and Pippin describe the fall of Isengard I believe them. More unconditionally than if I had been shown it 'directly'.Movies, however, can't work this way. I do like many parts of the Peter Jackson's 'Fellowship' -- Hobbiton, Bag-End, Frodo, Legolas and Boromir are all nearly perfect visions from the books. But when really magical things begin to happen the movie falls into caricature in ways that the books avoid. One only needs to compare Gandalf's economical telling of his contest with Saruman at Orthanc to the 'Kung-Fu Wizards' scene in 'Fellowship' to get the idea.The books are an entirely different experience for this reason and more. I could write another review that just talks about the poems and songs for which the movies have no time. If you've become familiar with LOTR through the movies by all means enjoy them! But then do yourself a favor and *run* to get the real thing and read them over and over.



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: 1/5
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1)
The Diary of Anne Frank Syndrome(DAFS)


What's that you ask?
DAFS is a condition first expressed by my Social Studies, Reading, and Histrory teacher in 7th grade. She was talking about the Diary of Anne Frank, saying she had tried to read it many times, but could never get into it. She says now that it is so renowned that people are afraid to say it's bad. I beleive the Fellowship of the Ring (FotR) suffer from DAFS.
Sadly, I'm only 13, and haven't read many books from Tolkien time period (plus I think it's stupid to say "That's kinda the writing style back then." If's it's a "classic," shouldn't it be "timeless?"
First of all, the novel is flat out boring.
This emantes primarily from Tolkein's writing style. It's nice to know what the terrain and enviroment the traveling in, sure. BUT Tolkein almost seems to develop the terrain and enviroment RATHER than Frodo and companey. It's as if he's more interested in these than his own characters!
Perhaps becuase of this, his characters seem abhorrably cardboard. Especially Sam, he's almost a robot modeled like a broken record ("I must serve my master...I must serve--)
There is no development in the characters, excluding Legolas's and Gimli's budding friendship (consisting of maybe three lines of dialouge per chapter.)

Even now I question why sole reason for reading it: The movie was coming out and I wanted to be able to compare and contrast. Don't spend your time. P.S. A BIG thank you to the filmmakers behind the movie. The manage to turn out a great film from a tereible book.



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)
You'll see reality in another way


The work Tolkien has done with this book should make us see how a human can create a world where every language in it has its own grammar, where all characters which appear have their onw linage and where everything in it can be accurately explained by reading other books of the same. Landscapes and places are treated with such an elegance and perfection that you can really feel the humidity, the darkness or the morning wind touching your face. He has done of a week and small creature the heroe of an epic fantasy novel and has avoided using the usual strong and intelligent one. It's certainly the masterpiece of a literature master. What I admire of this book is everything, maybe because I firstly read others of Tolkien such as the hobbit (indispensable if you want to fully understand the LotR)and the Silmarillion. It's not appropiate for an under fifteen boy to read it as he would find it boring. I would recomend it to those who are keen on fantasy and that would pay for living in another world where strange creatures and places existed.



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