The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary Edition

The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary Edition

by J. R. R. Tolkien

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The Fellowship of the Ring, part one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, first reached these shores on October 21, 1954, arriving, as C. S. Lewis proclaimed, “like lightning from a clear sky.” Fifty years and nearly one hundred million American readers later comes a beautiful new one-volume collector’s edition befitting the stature of this crown jewel of our list. With a text fully corrected under the supervision of Christopher Tolkien to meet the author’s exacting wishes, two large-format fold-out maps, a ribbon placemarker, gilded page edges, a color insert depicting Tolkien's own paintings of the Book of Mazarbul and exceptionally elegant and sturdy overall packaging housed within an attractive slipcase, this edition is the finest we’ve ever produced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618517657
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/21/2004
Series: Lord of the Rings Series
Edition description: 50th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 1184
Sales rank: 46,951
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 3.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Date of Birth:

January 3, 1892

Date of Death:

September 2, 1973

Place of Birth:

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)

Place of Death:

Oxford, England


B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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"An extraordinary work—pure excitement..." The New York Times Book Review

“A work of immense narrative power that can sweep the reader up and hold him enthralled for days and weeks.” The Nation

"J.R.R. Tolkien's epic trilogy remains the ultimate quest, the ultimate battle between good and evil, the ultimate chronicle of stewardship of the earth. Endlessly imitated, it has never been surpassed." Kansas City Star

"For many, it is a book like no other, to be read and reread, discussed and treasured." Los Angeles Times

“A remarkable book” Newsweek

“One of the great fairy-tale quests in modern literature” Time Magazine

"A sustained feat of imagination that has entranced millions" The Chicago Tribune

“Tolkien’s stories take place against a background of measureless depth…That background is ever-present in the creator’s mind and it gives Frodo and company a three-dimensional reality that is seldom found in this kind of writing.” The Washington Post

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since others were asking, it is all three books in one.
Ifrost More than 1 year ago
I recently completed a course at a community college in California where we reviewed The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, and the movies (all four movies, if you count the animated hobbit film as a movie, which I do only begrudgingly). This post is the final assignment in the class. We learned a bit about the author in the class, and I have more respect for Tolkien now. What I didn't know before was that Tolkien had already created middle earth in his mind, unlike many modern fantasy writers who seem to just throw together a generic map and give it some crazy name. In Tolkien's work there is a sense that the world is much older than the stories he is telling, it is less so with other writers who sometimes create two or more worlds, which seem only as a place for the story to take place. Middle Earth has a quality that makes it more than that, it's almost a character rather than a location. My first exposure to Tolkien was in anticipation of the first movie in 2000. I read the first book before the first movie came out, then completed the other two books before the second movie came out. I also read The Hobbit at some point. I enjoyed the movies enough that I only watched them a couple of times so as to preserve the enchantment. I was a young teenager when I first read the books, and I was too young to appreciate the good writing. At the time I preferred the movies over the books because I found the names and locations to be difficult to distinguish in reading, but easy to visualize with the movies. Having taken this course I now have a reversed opinion of the books and movies. I believe the movies are as good as can be done, but the literary work is much better. However, I am not a purist when it comes to movies vs. books. Reading and watching Lord of the Rings in conjunction with each other was a great experience because it gave two points of view of the same story. I would recommend that everyone with an interest in the series compare the two. It is pretty well accepted that movie renditions are never as good as the book they are based on, and out of necessity there are things altered to fit budget and time restraints, but if you can take those facts as read there are some interesting comparisons that can be made between the two media sources. For example, the character Faramir is completely different in the movie. Some people are content to say that the movie ruined Faramir, but getting past the differences helps to get a new view of the character. I used this practice with any apparant discrepancies between the book and movies. After ranting about how they messed up in the movie, I took an objective view and it helped me to value both works higher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read The Lord of the Rings when I was nine years old. I am, however, twelve years old now and have read it twice every year since. This is, by far, the most compelling book-nay work of art-that I have ever been able to come upon. The sheer depth and rich detail, alongside the intelectual storyline, are the basic characteristics to why this amazing piece of literature shall remain a masterpiece for the rest of the existence of Modern English. Thus, the lessons and moral values that can be deciphered from the within the text itself can also be considered timeless.
OZackO More than 1 year ago
If you are reading this, then I am sure this isn't the first time you've heard about the LOTR "Trilogy". Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 60 years or so, you know what the hype is all about. I have about 4 different printings of the LOTR series spanning back to about 1964, and this ebook version is my favorite one to read. Many of the annotated places and people have a link sending you to the footnote to read and an easy back button so you don't lose your page. The Elven script is reproduced flawlessly. The only thing I miss are the maps that are printed in the paperback versions of the story.
stevaleelee More than 1 year ago
I am very pleased with this edition and would heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a single volume edition of The Lord of The Rings. Starting with the down side - there is very little wrong with this volume. I just finished reading the novels (not the appendixes) and found only two typos. This is much better than average for texts scanned from a paper original. I would also have preferred to have more of Tolkien's original illustrations included. The exterior of my copy had rubber cement drips from the glueing of the fold out maps. They came off but were a little disappointing in a book of this quality. On the positive side - The binding of the volume is consistent with its price. The leather is soft and pleasant to the touch. The ribbon page marker is a nice convenience for such a large volume. The fold out maps are very nice and a big plus for a first time reader trying to understand Middle Earth. The high gloss photographs depicting the book of Mazarbul are a nice bonus. The weight and substance of the book are fitting for the chapters of long and dreary walking. The leather and the gilt edges lend to the sense of majesty and consequence captured by the writing. A fitting tribute to the text itself.
MilwaukieGal More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed these books for years in printed form. These are a replacement for loaned and never returned books, it is a joy to read them on my Nookcolor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is all three volumes of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic in one eBook. It is one of my favorite book series of all time. The characters are engaging, Middle Earth seems as real as our own wold, the story arc is exciting and well-told, and his poetry is magnificent. Everyone should read the whole thing at some point.
ColinB More than 1 year ago
This hardcover one-volume edition of Lord of the Rings was released for the 50th anniversary of its publication (1954). Over the years, numerous "corrections" in the spelling of certain words by well-intentioned publishers and printers led to some confusion among readers. They weren't really serious mistakes but some readers were left confused by the lack of consistency in the text. They never really took away from the beauty of the novel, but Tolkien was constantly frustrated by these constantly reoccurring errors. This is supposed to be the definitive edition with all mistakes corrected, without altering anything significant in the text or really changing what the author himself wrote. It's printed on good glossyish paper and the type is easy to read. I've carried the book around for a while and it isn't falling apart at the seams. It seems to be bound well enough to last a while. The *only* shortcoming that this edition of the Lord of the Rings has, in my opinion, is the lack of fold-out maps that appear in the collectors editions and the three volume editions of the novel (and that is what it is: a novel and NOT a trilogy). Instead, it shows four different maps, as if the original map of middle earth were divided into quarters at the center, but they overlap for convenience. It's not a bad thing but I think for the price the publisher really could have included a fold-out map or two. But that's the only drawback whatsoever and his original map of the Shire at the beginning of book one is still there intact. As for the novel itself, what a great, epic tale. I really only wanted this review to explain the new edition and what makes it good since so many already know the story behind the Lord of the Rings. The movies, to get off topic for a moment, were actually pretty faithful to the book in many respects. But even if you've seen the movies you haven't seen nothin' yet until you have read the book (which is quite often the case with great novels that get made into movies). My favorite character is Sam, Frodo's faithful companion. While book one starts out a bit slow, it picks up the pace considerably in book two and really gets into the action. Yes, it's long, but it's as just about as long as it needs to be. This hardcover edition is well worth the price, and more convenient to read than a three volume edition, where you'd have to keep flipping from one volume to the next if you were to refer to the index or appendices that follow volume three. I recommend getting this 50th anniversary hardcover edition (or at a lesser cost, the paperback version of it). I do not regret a single penny I paid for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of the best books that was ever written. Tolkien, may he rest in peace, was one of the best fantasy writers that ever lived, and Lord of the Rings is definitely the finest piece of work he wrote. Finally, it is honored with this beautiful edition, that is worthy of such a great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This exciting trilogy is even better in this beautiful collectors set! A must have for an fan or collector!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, that I just had to get the Red Leather Edition and the New 50th Ann. Black edition(Though I thought it was blue from the small photo online). I also have the great green leather 'There and Back Again' (The Hobbit). When other J.R.R. books come along in Leather, I'll add that to my collection... which I hope other books such as 'The Silmarillion' will be shortly. I suggest reading the book before seeing the movie, or do somewhat of a review book/movie (i.e. to see what they left out - think of your own reasons why, besides the movie would have been more than 3 hours long per 'episode' and odd characters).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes it does contain all three books. The words, " boxed set" and the fact that the title doesnt specify any book in the series and instead just putting the name of the series itself are just a few clues to look for to make sure it contains all three. This, however only contains, "the fellowship of the ring, the two towers, and the return of the king" . It does not contain, "the hobbit" . So if you were expecting it to include that, well, too bad.
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
the best fantasy book there is. definitely a classic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all who are wondering, this contains the fellowship of the Ring, two towers, and the return of the king. These are all the books in the series. The hobbit is not included. I enjoy all of the books and find them thrillig, suspesfull, and WAY better than the movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To those asking if this is the entire trilogy, YES it is. This is a great deal with all three volumes together. To those saying this was written by idiots, that's ALMOST like saying Shakespeare was a idiot. Shakespeare may not be to your tastes, but you cannot deny his genius. The same goes for Tolkien. The plot may be too complicated with too many characters for some, but you can't deny the incredible amount of thought and creativity that went into this epic fantasy - in essence , pure genius.
Mechen More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely stunning, and it is without a doubt one of my favorite books that I own. The book has the Lord of the Rings put together as Tolkien originally meant for it to be. Its a timeless classic in the epic novels. I highly recommend that any person who enjoyed the series picks this book up. Its priced a little high, but if you collect the books at all it is well worth the price for what you get.
tasha-kitty More than 1 year ago
If you are a Tolkien fan, you are probably like me and already have this in book form. But I decided to also buy as an ebook to have handy for travel, or just reading in bed. Since I read this every few years, it is a long term investment for me - not just a one time read. the e-version is easy to read, and seems to be complete/error free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tolkien has amazed me with his language and literature. The Lord of the Rings is just one of many examples of his superb ability as an author. The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, as well as The Histories of Middle Earth are all great books, but none can compare with the characterization, plot, and setting of the Lord of the Rings.
In this book, the use of characters and their roles in the overall effect of the book is outstanding. Not only the protagonists, but also the antagonists, make up the foundation of Tolkien's land known as Middle Earth. I was amazed at the characterization and the depth at which Tolkien displays each and every character. The book portrays the ideal story of good versus evil, the story of an innocent character shaped and developed by the trials of reality and the unknown world.
I am not one who usually gives five stars to a book, but this novel deserves more than five. I recommend this book to any reader in search for a story of adventure, action, and magic. Five stars, well earned. hIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS INFINITELY BETTER THAN EVEN THE BEST REVIEWS MAKE IT SOUND!!!!! This story is so thoroughly detailed and full of excitement, you don't even believe that someone could write that well!!! I WOULD GIVE THIS AN INFINITE AMOUNT OF STARS IF IT WERE POSSIBLE!!!!! LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jrr Tolkiens the Lord of The Rings is the best novel ever! Adore Jrr toliken! He was a strong christian and it shows in his works! I have always been amazed how Jrr Tolkien lead his athiest friend CS Lewis to become one of the most insperational authors ever to have lived! He used fiction to convert him if you have never watched on youtube the reinactment of thre debate watch it!!!!!!!!! Its life chaning and powerful it will have you weeping before its done! This book is highly complex and very action packed when you finally reach the end of the amazing story, adventure, and roller coaster you weep and crie so you read it again and again! And watch the awe inspireing movies and read up on the author and learn about the complex and well thought world! What Tolkien did has never been done and will never be done! A lot of people think its just three boring book but no! Its sprit is carryed on in the silarillian and the lost tales the hobbit and the adventures of tom bambidill
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out a fan of the movies, but I love this trilogy of books way more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost everything i think of now has to do with LotR. Had a dream that i was in one of the battles. Ps im a girl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for ages 13 and up, in my opinion. It it a wonderful book. If you really want to understand the book to its fullest extent, I would suggest first reading The Simirillion, then the prelude to LOTR: The Hobbit. Then continue to this trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. If you are a humungous fan of Tolkien and Middle Earth, (like I am), then I suggest venturing to buy the 12 volume History if Middle-Earth. I will be posting a full-length review soon, so keep checking back! (P.S. I am 13 years old, and I can fully comprehend these books to the extent Tolkien meant it to be, so don't think these are to big or confusing for ou younger readers! ") keep reading guys and girls!)
GreatWhiteWhale More than 1 year ago
You cannot get any better then the original writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. You've seen the read the books. You will see so much more to the picture you will be amazed (if you haven't already done so).