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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 is an enthraling adventure


Okay, I think this is the 2nd best book in history! (The best being the lord of the rings). This thing says that you can read the lord of the rings without reading this. Untrue. The person who wrote that is a ben sova. I saw the cartoon movie at 6, and read the book all in 1 day when I was 7. Unbeliviable? I learned to read at the age of 2! The book was so good, I coulnd't stop reading. The book was rather short, compared to my lastest reading at that time: Ivanhoe! 556 pages! Rather good book.



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 classic!


The Hobbit is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings and tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins acquires the ring that becomes the central focus of that trilogy, however it also has its own story to tell. In fact other than Bilbo's encounter with Gollum, this book has little connection to the trilogy that would follow it other than introducing readers to the world of Middle Earth. In fact, it is written in a completely different style. The prose of The Hobbit has more of a fairy tale feel to it than the straight-forward fantasy of The Lord of the Rings. This gives the book a large appeal to children, but it can still be enjoyed by readers of all ages. In The Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf involves Bilbo in an adventure (despite hobbits' aversion to such escapades) with a company of dwarves. They seek to repossess a treasure that is rightfully theirs and is currently in the lair of the dragon Smaug. Along the way, Bilbo and his companions encounter trolls, elves, goblins, giant spiders, and a host of other fantasy story creatures. Bilbo also encounters the strange creature, Gollum, in a diversion from the main story. In this part of the book, readers meet one of the most memorable creatures of all fantasy literature in a fateful encounter that sets the stage for Frodo's later adventures. Of course Gandalf and Bilbo also rank up there among the most recognized characters of fantasy literature as well.The Hobbit gives readers an introduction to Tolkien's world of Middle Earth which is probably one of the best developed worlds in fantasy literature. Every creature in his world is alive, even the plants and the birds. This gives an animated and lively feel to the world that keeps the reader engrossed in the story. Tolkien also does a masterful job of contrasting the feeling of safety and security in places like the shire and Elrond's home with feelings of dread and uneasiness that the reader experiences as Bilbo and his companions venture through such places as the Goblin caves, Mirkwood, and Smaug's lair. This draws the reader into the story and helps them feel like they are experiencing it with the characters.Tolkien only wrote four complete novels about Middle Earth, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also wrote a wealth of background material as well as several short stories about Middle Earth. For the new initiate to Tolkien as well as the young reader, The Hobbit is the place to start. And for those revisiting Middle Earth, The Hobbit reintroduces them to the fantasy world that is as familiar as it is wonderful.



Product: Book Audio CD
Title: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Gift Set
Publisher: Recorded Books Unabridged
Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Gift Set
The Lord of The Rings


Read it! If you're anything like me, you'll love it. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, 3,000 pages long.



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)
Sheer genius -- completely supported throughout


I will not belabor the obvious with praises of Tolkien's works. I've read the whole trilogy (and "The Hobbit," of course) over 30 times and love them all more with each reading. Just wanted to say to be sure to read the appendixes -- valuable and insightful (and amusing) additions to the storyline. Frodo Lives!



Product: Book Audio CD
Title: Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: 1/5
Lord of the Rings
A terrible abridged version of a great book


I have been a long time fan of the LOTR. Since the movies were released some of my friends wanted to know more about the books, so I checked this set out of the Library thinking it was a good place to start. Sadly I was mistaken from the very begining this recording is a disappointment. The Actors voices are flat and devoid of expression. As a result, the listener gets the impression that the characters treat their task with the same respect that they would place on a Disney movie.
After one disc of waiting for things to get better, I decided to try listening to the battle Of Helms Deep. Here too I found nothing but an endless monotone backed by poor sound effects.
If you are a true Tolkien fan or someone who wants to get the full magic of The Lord of the Rings I recommend the BBC production starring Ian Holm.



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