Lord of the Rings books related reviews


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 one that started it all... Yes its a bit 'kiddy'


Perhaps THE BEST little adventure story every written. Written for kids but certainly enjoyed by all. It has trolls, dragons, a kindly but strange wizard, dwarves, and of course Hobbits. It's really a story of bravery and strong friendships in the face of mishaps and evil things. What stands out in this book and The Lord of the Rings is that the world Tolkien creates sucks you in hopelessly. It only takes a few sentances and you really feel like you are along for the journey.
Tolkien creates a world with a huge history full of peoples and monsters and dwarves, with nature playing a large role in all of his books. The history part is small in The Hobbit since its focused on the journey and characters. The Hobbit is meant to be a lead-in to The Lord of the Rings, which has much more history and nature and more characters than the Hobbit. 'Rings is a darker tale and much more serious. Its harder to read, much longer, and I think the best adventure story ever written. In response to Chris Fletcher, you have some valid criticisms of Tolkien. His writing style is a bit, well, sticky. When you think things should be moving faster and faster and the action is coming, you instead get "and then the big troll (or whatever) was killed. On to the next adventure." However, the upside to this is you really feel like you are reading a kind of history book found in Middle Earth. I think Tolkien was a bit nuts and that's why his stuff was so good. He half-believed he really was writing and living in the world of his own making. He created entire languages, maps, unforgetable characters and mostly sad but gripping tales of adventure. Some people can't get through Tolkien's sticky prose when reading the lengthy The Lord of the Rings and I understand why, but stick with it! After reading the whole thing you will be glad you did. Remember no one can tell you how to read a book. If you come accross a paragraph about Bilbo's half-sister and all her family and the history of her cat, just skip it if you want. Tolkien really does go out on a limb sometimes escpecially with all the names and family trees and fictional history.
However, this same strange Tolkien style allows for re-reading and getting much more information, and a sense of depth and life to Middle Earth that is truely amazing. I have read the series, both the Hobbit and LOTR twice and I got much more the second time through. I read it slower and tried to keep the characters and places in my head. You can buy a nice map book which lays out all of tolkiens worlds in detail including battles and paths that the characters follow. Its by Karen Wynn Fonstad and has a lot of detail. Careful though, some plot happenings are given away in the tracking of characters and the battle maps :D
If you really want to get background info you have to start with the Silmarillion. And that beast can drive you crazy. Parts of it are amazing to read however and it explains some of the history that was confusing in LOTR. Where did Galadriel come from? What or who exactly is Gandalf? What's a wizard? What are the counterparts to Sauron and other evil in middle earth? Surely there must be some good gods or angel like beings? So, Silmarillion: very difficult, for tolkein fans mostly. Its long, hundreds of names, not a continuous story. It does explain a great deal about the gods and formation of Middle Earth and many things and people and places that show up later in the Hobbit and LOTR. Hobbit: very easy fun read, not a whole lot of depth, short, great characters, great adventure. The Lord of the Rings: medium difficulty, lots of depth, some history, lots of names, some difficult and confusing paragraphs, but a truely great tale. The kind of book where you find yourself kinda stunned after reading the last sentance. (The movie is not bad, but messed things up a bit, read the book! Notice that Tolkien's name is not on the movie. The family took their name off it because of the Hollywood treatment.)



Product: Book Audio CD
Title: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Gift Set
Publisher: Recorded Books Unabridged
Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: 3/5
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Gift Set
Addendum!


I'm a big LOTR fan. I hoped to find this a way to enjoy the books while walking, etc. And up to now it has been wonderful. The production of this audiobook is great (five stars)--the care in putting it together physically is nil stars--so I've opted for three. Inglis manages to bring Middle Earth and its inhabitants to life--and while some say he sounds bored at times, I think it may be that curious "story-telling" inflection, not boredom at all. It's like having someone tell you a rousing good story without being over dramatic and loud. No musical distractions No bombast, no sound effects. Just a warm, jolly voice telling me a great tale. Although I must say I was disappointed not to hear the prologue.However, I am missing disk 16. I see someone else is missing disk 15. I wonder if the makers were in a rush to get some product out there after the success of the films, and were a bit lax in quality control.I wish to make it clear that in NO way do I blame AMAZON for this problem. They have been more than fair...and I am quite happy with their service and wouldn't hesitate to deal with them again. I will also say that the package arrived almost a full month before I expected it! I will put it down to a freak of packaging. Still...one anticipates, and I am disappointed.



Product: Book Audio CD
Title: The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Book 2)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Book 2)
No "middle child" syndrome here


In this , the second volume of Tolkein's classic trilogy , the pace of the action really picks up! After a modestly slow start in "The Fellowship of the Ring" , all of the major characters are in place and an action filled epic unfolds in a magical world best viewed in the marvelous images created by the author in one's own mind. Each reader has his own mental image of Frodo--of Gandalf--and of the despicable orcs. After the fall into the abyss of Gandalf the Grey with the Balrog in "The Fellowship", we see a new and awesomely powerful Gandalf the White emerge (an almost Biblical resurrection , to make a comparison).
In this volume Treebeard the Ent is introduced , and the episodes of Merry and Pippin with the Ents are marvelously entertaining. The little folk , the Hobbits , show an unforseen inner strength that is one of the things I enjoy most in this tale. The strength of will and devotion of Samwise Gamgee to Frodo is heartwarming. The segement "In Shelob's Lair" is one of the more genuinely scary parts of the book. I probably shouldn't reveal too much more about what transpires in the story and spoil it for a first-time reader ; of the three volumes in the trilogy this is probably the most action filled and fun reading one , and is therefore my favorite.If you haven't read it yet--what are you waiting for?! Five stars don't do it justice!



Product: Book Paperback
Title: The Hobbit : The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings
Publisher: Del Rey
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 3/5
The Hobbit : The Enchanting Prelude to The Lord of the Rings
It was good, but not that good


This was a good book that had many interesting conflicts and sub plots. Yet, it wasn't the best fantasy book I've ever read. I read some of the other comments on this book but fail to see why those morons who didn't like it gave it a 1. They obviously are pathetic and shouldn't be reading at all since they have no idea what fiction means. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure books.



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)
Most amazing books ever written


The world that Tolkien created stands on its own merit, its own reality, and its own power. There's really nothing more to say. If you plan on seeing the movies coming out soon, YOU MUST read the books first!!!! I can confidently say that the movies, while creating a wonderful rendition of the story (perhaps), will not do justice to the awesome power of the books themselves.I would also suggest an older version.



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)
Totally pleasing and worth buying!!!!


Ever since these films came out, ive been totally hooked. So ive gone on an escapade to buy as many of the books related to the films as possible. Naturally this book was one that a sought after highly.
It is filled with so much detail that one almost understands exactly what the entire cast and crew went through in those years.
I would totally recommend it for any LofR fan.
If a HAD to make one complaint, it would be that some of the photos are maybe a bit small but this is trivial.
Go out, buy and it & ENJOY!!!!



Product: Book Audio CD
Title: The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 5/5
The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization)
Great Buy


When i bought this book it was for a road trip i had been planning for. Not expecting too much i put it into my car cd player and began listening. By the time i arrived i wasnt through with the cd's but i was allready addicted to the book. It is hi quality with great sound effects. It also with relation to the story definatly grabs onto you and when it came to my road trip it made a very boring trip enjoyable. BUY IT!! You wont be sorry



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
Review for The Hobbit


The Hobbit, written by J.R.R. Tolkien is the best book I have ever read. The story of Bilbo's journey is exciting, adventurous, and keeps you wanting to read. The Hobbit has many thrilling stories inside the long tale. This book was just fun to read! It is easy to follow and understand, while it still vastly describes the world of Middle Earth, created by Tolkien. It gives a better understanding of Tolkien's world and is a good intro to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Hobbit can be enjoyed by all ages and should be part of everybody's bookshelves.



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
Bob's Thoughts on The Hobbit


The Hobbit, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, chronicles the travels of Bilbo Baggins and his troop of dwarves. The overall setting is in the fictitious world of Middle-Earth. The story begins in the Shire at Bilbo's home and journeys through opaque labyrinths and inscrutable wilderness. The wizard, Gandalf, directly foreshadows the role of Bilbo in this book, and why he was included on this perilous quest, with the statement, "Bilbo is stronger than you or he knows." Bilbo, while skeptical of his abilities, proceeds to prove his worth and valor again and again. Throughout the book, the virtues of courage and intelligence are shown to greatly influence the outcome of any predicament. Bilbo, an unlikely representative of good, triumphs over evil. Hordes of mythical beasts, such as goblins, trolls, evil wolves, giant spiders, and mischievous elves all oppose Bilbo and company in their quest for the Lonely Mountain. The areas of the journey in which there is darkness are always associated with evil. In the end, it is Bilbo all alone, and he is forced to demonstrate a courage previously unknown to him as he faces the personification of evil, the great dragon Smaug, guardian of the Lonely Mountain. One of the few grievances I have with this novel is the lack of complexity in the characters. Understandably, Bilbo is the only dynamic character, however we know very little about the dwarves that accompany him throughout this adventure.



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)
Not enough can be said


How could I possibly fit every glorious thing there is about this series of books into 1000 words? Tolkien is a genius; there is no way to deny that. He has managed to create an entirely different world, every tree, every creature, every nuance of language, every folktale; everything is on these pages that might possibly exist in middle earth. That I believe is Tolkien's true genius, his ability to construct this world in his head and to let us visit it, completely and fully for four glorious books. However, maybe that is not the extent of his genius. Maybe not because Tolkien also tells a ripping good tale throughout these novels. The prelude with Bilbo being swept up by a band of dwarves and being sent against his will to battle a dragon takes about a night to read, despite the fact that it covers over 300 pages. And then you start the true trilogy, and the ring that Bilbo finds which seemed like a neat little trick in The Hobbit (it grants the wearer the benefit of invisibility) this ring is suddenly so much more than a very handy parlor trick. It is THE ring; crafted ages ago in elven halls with unspeakable power and unfightable draw. Men kill for it, dwarves kill for it, everyone would kill for it and suddenly you are swept off on another adventure with another unsuspecting hobbit that covers all of middle earth and includes the fate of the world...all over this little unassuming ring that must be destroyed. The journey you take in these books will not easily be forgotten, here I am getting chills thinking about the epic battles between good and evil that spring up like weeds around the path of this little ring and Frodo, the hobbit who is charged with destroying it. These books are just wonderous, I cannot say that enough.



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