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The Ring Sets Out (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1) (The Lord of the Rings: Seven Book Editions #1)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  957 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Continuing the story of The Hobbit, this seven-volume paperback boxed set of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings is a collection to treasure.

Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power; the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring -- the ring that rules them all -- which has
Paperback, Film Tie-In Edition, 283 pages
Published September 3rd 2001 by Collins (first published July 29th 1954)
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Jun 23, 2014 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-and-ireland
Years ago I went to the cinema with my brother (who loves LOTR) to see the second Lord of the Rings-film. I hadn’t seen the first one, but my brother was so enthusiastic I went with him. I was a bit confused. Though the fight scenes were cool and I remember Legolas sliding down stairs/railings shooting arrows and I thought that was cool as well. There were talking trees, which was weird. I liked Merry and especially Pippin. Frodo was a bit mean.

About a year later I watched the first film. Alone
Ben Payne
Dec 09, 2013 Ben Payne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the Audible version of this book (or half book if you prefer - it's the first half of Fellowship of the Ring - the first "book" of that book).

Like a lot of fantasy readers, I read Tolkien when I was really young, then read lots of other fantasy by other authors that were derivative of Tolkien, and eventually became a little embarrassed of liking Tolkien. I started to feel that these books were a bit antiquated and full of outdated attitudes.

While that's true, to some extent, they'
Jun 29, 2014 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it
There aren't many books that are written quite like this anymore. It is a well written fantasy about Hobbits mainly Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo, who had come upon the unfortunate findings of a Ring . The ONE ring to rule them all...etc that was lost long ago and picked up by Smiegle. This ring is the sole connection between The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. I must say that I adored The Hobbit and I can't wait for the last movie to come out. How exciting.

Frodo is so sweet and kind as
Apr 04, 2014 I'mogén rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so my review got... Not saved somewhere along the line... So I have to try and remember allllll that was said! -.-
Here we go!
The Lord of The Rings The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One: The Ring Sets Out is just that! Frodo and friends set out on their first adventure with the ring in order to meet with Gandalf and learn more about the current troubles of MiddleEarth, which Frodo's inherited ring seems to be the target of.
I was rather pleasantly surprised that this novel didn't start as The
Stuck between 3 and 4 stars. Some of it was great but then other parts consisted of 15 pages of "the road went down and then sloped back up and then went back down and then went right and up again" le sigh. Also very much underestimated the huge difference between the book and the film.
Jennifer Grace Fleming
In all honestly I was torn between 3 and 4 stars for a while as I can appreciate how incredibly written it is however I tried reading this book a couple of years ago and really struggled to get into it. I don't know whether it was because I was too young or whether the first 150 pages really are very difficult to get through as I literally picked up where I left off this time, given they were still walking around just outside the Shire halfway in.

That said, after picking it up again after promis
Mar 12, 2008 flajol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Yet another attempt to make it through the full set of books...

I actually liked Tom Bombadil this time around, so that's an improvement on my previous false starts with this book.
Rok Uraan
I, like many of the other reviewers here, watched the movies before reading the books. I have also only just gotten back into reading after years of not even opening a book, so take that into account when seeing my rating. A huge amount of this book is just the necessary back-story needed to kick off the adventure to Candy Mountain, the other portion is descriptions of the terrain. The hills went up, the hills went down, up down, turn around and do the hokey pokey. It was a real slog to read, bu ...more
Tasneem Mhmd
Aug 16, 2009 Tasneem Mhmd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nice novel baaad movie
Jakob Sandevill
Nov 11, 2015 Jakob Sandevill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
First of all I want to mention that I see The Lord of the Rings as 6 books, so I will give each of them separate review, than I will combine ratings for books 1&2 to make rating of Fellowship of the Rings (Same goes for books 3 and 4 and books 5 and 6), and when I am done with all 6 books then their average rating will be rating of The Lord of the Rings.
Alsa, I will be refering to first of six books as "Book", and I will call entirety of the Fellowship of the Rings as "Volume" or by it's tit
Brendan Childs
The reason I read this book is because it is from a genre of books that I like (fantasy), and it is a classic series of fantasy books that are known to be one of the best that there are. I also read this because I have never gotten round to reading this series even though I have seen the movies may times. The category this book completes is a book written before my grandparents were born.

The things I liked about this book is that it starts the series really well and introduces you to all the ch
Chris Finke
Jul 12, 2014 Chris Finke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
"The Ring Sets Out" is the beginning of the story that has mesmerized fans of print and film alike. Easily marked as one of the top 100 titles of the twentieth century, the Lord of the Rings is often mistaken as a trilogy. In fact, it is a "hexology" consisting of six books. Most readers are accustomed to Tolkien's magnum opus being published as three volumes. The three volumes are marked "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers," and "The Return of the King." When reading each of these one ...more
Ramizah R
Oct 08, 2012 Ramizah R rated it it was ok
Shelves: um-library
Reading this book is like eating vegetables I don't like.. I need to get over it though. I read it once when I was in school. My friend has this whole set of The Lord of the Rings book but he didn't read it and he didn't like it. I was curious why and I tried to read it. I closed the book after few pages cause I found that the book was kinda hard for me. I saw this book in the library so I thought of giving it another try now. Wondering what was hard for me back then. I can follow the story. But ...more
Dec 24, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the opening chapter of the lord of the rings is hard to review since it is just that. an opening chapter. sure there is a beginning but the ending is for now FAR out of reach.
Bibin  Elampallil
Do you like slow movies. ? If yes, this would be a good book for you. This is an epic novel which says about an imaginary wolrd consisting of human and other human like creatures. Little slow but worth reading.
Jayanth Aluguri
I know I have started reading one of the finest works of all time - The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. The name says it all. You couldn't ask for more from him. This is the first book in the entire series and it gives you a broad picture on how the ring found Frodo Baggins, how he embarks his adventure with his buddy hobbits. The hobbits set out on a mission to reach Rivendell and this book speaks about the beautiful landscapes of the Shire, Bree, Buckland. And also about whether they accomplish th ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
J'ai lu toute la trilogie du Seigneur des anneaux, péniblement. Avec un certain intérêt, mais constamment frustrée par les longueurs. J'ai sauté plusieurs pages, des passages véritablement interminables. Les personnages, les univers, la complexité du contenu historique, c'était fascinant. Mais le rythme était trop lent, le style un peu trop naïf à mon goût et l'écriture, pauvre - comme je le mentionnais dans mon commentaire sur Bilbo le hobbit, c'est peut-être à cause d'une mauvaise traduction f ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Marauder#5 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So boring, travel, travel, travel and more travel...
Cindi Chaisson
Apr 13, 2013 Cindi Chaisson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time putting this one down! J.R.R Tolkien was light years ahead of his time when he wrote this epic series. Rich with detail, this book transports you to a whole new world, one created for the reader. Tolkien had an amazing imagination and he shares that with us, his readers by taking us on an amazing adventure through a land and time that inspires readers to allow themselves to escape into the pages of this masterpiece.
Mar 10, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Tolkien's writing style and the mysteries of Middle Earth, especally Tom Bombadil because he is just awsome and I don't think that I will ever uncover his mysteries. I cant wait to continue reading this series so I can see where this adventure goes.
Dec 29, 2015 Lennart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think millions of reviews have been made of this book.
The biggest challenge I faced, when reading it was 'time.' Tolkiens writing is amazing and when digging into his universe you need time to give your self into it. This is definitely not a book to just read a few pages on the go.
I am looking forward to continue reading Tolkien - when I have the time to absorbing.
Natalie George
Apr 25, 2014 Natalie George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spring-2014
Well it's a great tell for a book and takes u back to a place that is magical and has wired thing coming out of ever little hole like a hobbit and warlocks and wizards all kinds of stuff so it's a good read
Bruno Kulić
May 29, 2016 Bruno Kulić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay, I found a way to make my rereads count on the challenge!
This has always been my favourite part of the whole series, but lately (during the last two rereads) I've found the forrest part before Tom Bombadil to be completely forced and unnecessary.
Sep 11, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY starting the LOTR septilogy!! I never really read it because I always associated that book with The Lord of the Flies, which is a book that always makes me shudder to think about.
Aug 12, 2009 Mblaineeichin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I put this at 4 stars is that the songs are a bit hard to get through...I ended up listening to this whole trilogy on tape - a great idea for a super long trip...
Jan 04, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whoa. An amazing story, I will do a video review when I finish the second book, making up the Fellowship of the Ring.

Chris Lemmerman
Dec 14, 2012 Chris Lemmerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books-read
Not really much to say here other than I enjoyed this a lot more than when I attempted to read it about 10 years ago.
Sannie Hald
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. B r i l l i a n t.
Krishna N
Jan 24, 2016 Krishna N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The movie is not as good as the book, so many changes.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

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Other Books in the Series

The Lord of the Rings: Seven Book Editions (7 books)
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“But it is said: Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. The choice is yours: to go or wait.'
'And it is also said,' answered Frodo: 'Go not to the Elves for counsel for they will answer both no and yes.'
'Is it indeed?' laughed Gildor. 'Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.”
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