The Critique Circle Public Library

The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
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PublisherHoughton Mifflin
Release Date2002-11 (added to CC 4 Aug 2007)
Amazon Sales Rank9,194
Three-volume boxed set edition lavishly illustrated in full color by Alan Lee

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth still it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

From his fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, Sauron's power spread far and wide. He gathered all the Great Rings to him, but ever he searched far and wide for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo dissapeared bequeathing to his young cousin, Frodo, the Ruling Ring, and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the wizard, the hobbits Merry, Pippin and Sam, Gimli the Dwarf, Legolas the Elf, Boromir of Gondor, and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
Larrue is the author of this book

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A must read for every fantasy fan.This is the series that created orcs in the first place. Tolkien writes in a style that no longer exists and the world is a darker place without it. His writing is so descriptive and beautiful that I physically wanted to leave my dorm and fight orcs in the battle of Gondor. His work is so influential that you will see themes he created in modern writers today. My favorite series and a true master piece.
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I'm a rabid fan of this...I love it. There's always something new each time you read it.
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I am rather surprised that CC doesn't have the best of the best fantasy novels: The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Anyone wanting to write well, especially for fantasy, can do no better than to take a leaf out of Tolkeins book.
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