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"Amongst the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." Sunday Telegraph
"A story magnificently told, with every kind of colour and movement and greatness." New Statesman
"Masterpiece? Oh yes, I’ve no doubt about that." Evening Standard
"It is hard to put into words the happiness that can be felt when reading a fantasy book as good as this and anybody who has never read it should set aside some time to do so." Fantasy Book Review
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 disappeared, 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, Merry, Pippin and Sam, Gimli the Dwarf, Legolas the Elf, Boromir of Gondor, and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider...
Nitya from India
The trilogy is worth reading once. For readers who like fast paced action , this is not a series I would recommend. It progresses quite slowly and the descriptions are lengthy - not really my type. But if you have the patience, the plot is worth it.
Anon from UK
I read The Lord of the Rings when I was sixteen, way back in 1969. And, no, I was not a hippie stoner, as some hostile reviewers here think that lovers of this book must be. In fact, I never touched drugs. I loved The Lord of the Rings than and have read if a few time since. I just picked it up for the first time in twenty years and finished The Fellowship of the Ring. It\'s lost a little something over the years. But then again, I suspect that I\'m the one who\'s lost a little something. In one sense, that has even made the book greater - I can see the greatness of the book by what I now lack to fully appreciate it: youthful ideals and hopes and dreams. To all those dreamers, read on.
Ela from Dir
Not a review, just read the review and wanted to point out that the first sentence is wrong. Sauron hadn\'t gathered all the Rings of Power as the three elven rings were owned by Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel.
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