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J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (Middle-Earth Universe)

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This four volume, deluxe paperback boxed set contains J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterworks The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord Of The Rings (The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return Of The King) in their definitive text settings complete with maps and cover illustrations from the motion pictures. In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is whisked away from his ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Hobbit Movie Tie-in Boxed set, 1728 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1973)
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Sep 19, 2008 Lizzie rated it it was amazing
Some will shout with joy, others will scream in derision. However, we can all agree on one thing:

It's long.
J.G. Keely
Dec 10, 2013 J.G. Keely rated it liked it
Writers who inspire a genre are usually misunderstood. Tolkien's reasons for writing were completely unlike those of the authors he inspired. He didn't have an audience, a genre, and scores of contemporaries. There was a tradition of high adventure fairy tales, as represented by Eddison, Dunsany, Morris, MacDonald, Haggard, and Kipling, but this was only part of what inspired Tolkien.

His writing was chiefly influenced by his familiarity with the mythological traditions of the Norse and Welsh cul
Madelene Shepherd
Dec 26, 2013 Madelene Shepherd rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
It might be a classic, but there are many who have stern reservations about reading this series, partially I suspect due to its length... Well my answer to this is simply: DON'T BE LAZY!

My journey within Middle Earth stated as young teenager - my parents gave me 'The Hobbit' as a Christmas present one year and my father and I decided we'd enjoy it together. I think it was the last book he ever read me as a 'bedtime story', but we embarked on the adventures of Bilbo Baggins together and absolutel
Mar 23, 2007 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone literate
I first read The Hobbit at the ripe old age of 12, and remember having to really concentrate to finish it. (I was probably still emerging from a really heavy Judy Blume phase at the time.) Even then I already had a true sense of loyalty of Tolkien, thanks to that great animated cartoon I watched as a little kid. When I later read the trilogy in high school, it was far easier to immerse myself in Tolkien's writing. Though I love all of the books, by far my favorite is The Two Towers. I think it ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing
My third time to read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I read all the poetry and verse this time. I loved these books. They are so different from the typical fiction of this genre. These were so well written, so well thought through. I love how they teach loyalty, fidelity, duty, and love of things more than self. They connect back to the greatness of the past. One other thing, we see that evil gets nervous also and that it will eventually collapse in on itself. In many pieces that ...more
Heather's Mum
Dec 26, 2013 Heather's Mum rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Who can resist the charm of J. R. R. Tolkien's brave little hairy toed Hobbits, awesome Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn, Tom Bombadil, Elf-lord Glorfindel, Half-elven lord Elrond, beautiful Arwen, Boromir, Lady Galadriel, Gimli the Dwarf, and Legolas the Elf.

Tolkien describes Hobbits: "I picture a fairly human figure, not a kind of fairy rabbit as some of my British reviewers seem to fancy: fattish in the stomach, shortish in the leg. A round, jovial face; ears only slightly pointed and 'elvish'; hair
Dec 15, 2013 Bookworm rated it it was ok
It's a genuinely good series. Very inventive and original. The reason I gave it 2 stars is because it was so god damn boring. Descriptions were tedious, fight scenes were tedious. I couldn't wrap my head around the story in general. Sometimes I skimmed whole paragraphs and pages and understood everything that was happening just fine! Honestly, I'm still wondering where the hell I got the patience to sit down and read the whole thing. Especially with so few female characters (thank god for ...more
If my life would be writen between the pages of a book; I wish it be the Lord of the ring. By the master's pen; all became real, so Hail to my inspiration Tolkien who made me feel the beauty of words. Hail...
Mar 19, 2009 J.C. rated it it was amazing
Well, I don't really have this boxed set, but of course I've read all the books.

I get more out of them with each re-reading. Tolkien would be one of those guys who, if I could invite any 3 people to have dinner with, would get a seat at the table.
Pete daPixie
Oct 10, 2016 Pete daPixie rated it it was amazing
I read this, mainly through my break times during a vile summer job, when I was a student. Tolkien's classic helped to isolate the Trolls I was working with at the time.
Nov 04, 2009 Grace rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, epic
Again, I can't do epics. I will watch the movie rather than read this again any day of the week. The writing's very dense, and it's clear that Tolkien was a major history buff. He's created a world that is fully, fully fleshed-out. He probably could have written you a tome that details every moment of Middle Earth for 5000 years (which may be "The Simarillion", actually -- I don't know, I only made it fifty pages into that one).

But I just don't have the patience for it. After reading these as a
Jun 13, 2011 Owen rated it it was amazing
Given that Tolkien did not just invent a world, new creatures and weapons, but invented an actual freaking language, he gets 5 stars from me (I'm sure he was anxiously awaiting my approval). I could do without the 80 pages on tobacco production, but Tolkien wasn't writing a story; he was writing a history of a place that had never existed. I resisted reading them for years as I thought they were a level of dork I was not ready for. Then I saw the first movie and had to know what happened. I'm so ...more
Jan 28, 2008 Bryn rated it did not like it
I agree with Michael Moorcock: racist petit-bourgeois bullshit.
Jan 05, 2014 K. rated it it was amazing
Dec 2013: Rereading with my 2 oldest kids after seeing "Desolation of Smaug" (they wanted to read it, the 2nd hasn't read beyond "Hobbit" yet, and I wanted to check my memory since I didn't remember things the same way the directors of the movie seemed to ;) Also gave a challenge to them, as in, "I'll read these with you if you'll read through DICKENS with me, ha ha ha ha"...diabolical but they both accepted...we'll see how it goes. How about it you two??)

Enjoyed "The Hobbit" tremendously again.
Riju Ganguly
Mar 27, 2014 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not the first edition of this book that I had read. I had LOTR & The Hobbit long-back, in different editions, at different stages of mind. Before the movies had been released, LOTR/H used to be our own secret garden where we could have escaped any time we liked, but now oue own images have been replaced or landscaped by Peter Jackson. Nevertheless, if you think that G.R.R. martin is the last word in terms of writing fantastically entertaining fantasy, then read this book, and change ...more
Sep 01, 2016 Inara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
What can I say? I just love Orlando B… arrgh I mean Legolas! And Glorfindel! And Haldir! And Elladan and Elrohir! And all the elves.. sigh!
Oh, wasnt there Aragorn, Gandalf and some hobbits too? And werent they pursued by evil orcs while wandering through the forest? I think a ring was also playing a main part…
I fell instantly in love with these books when I read them for the first time ( I think I was about fifteen that time) and Im still fond of them. Yes, some people and books are destined to
M.H.S. Pourri
Sep 14, 2013 M.H.S. Pourri rated it really liked it
Again, amazing book. I actually had to read it through several times
Arthur Graham
See my review of Narnia, yo.
Muz Murray
Oct 18, 2016 Muz Murray rated it it was amazing
Frankly, this is the best fantasy book I ever read. The secondary world Tolkien created is believable and true to it own creation. It grips me every time I read it and this trilogy has carried me through every winter for the past 50 years!
May 18, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This series is the Yardstick by which I measure all Fantasy stories. Fantastic story-telling, far ahead of its time in the genre. Many an author has stood on the shoulders of Tolkien to try to weave their magic, though few have done so in a way that have equaled his work. Two series have, in my opinion rivaled and one surpassed Tolkien's tales. Though both stood upon his shoulders to get there.

Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series struck me and began to rival and then surpass Tolkien as I read i
Dec 01, 2010 Rose rated it it was amazing
This series was fantastic. The artwork by Alan Lee was beautiful too. That Tolkien imagined this wonderful world so long ago is amazing! He was ahead of his time in creativity & imagination. Seems to me he paved the way for other writers to embrace & run with their imaginations & creativity & even bogus ideas. My beloved Harry Potter series for example is a definite distant relative to Lord of the Rings. They always compare Harry Potter to the Twilight saga but they aren't ...more
Brianna Weaver
Jan 28, 2011 Brianna Weaver rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
this is a great book. If you like the lord of the rings movies and books you should read this. its the prequel to the story. Its all about how he got the ring and how it all started. tons of fighting and action but also at times calm. As you can tell from the title its about the hobbits but it also has the elves, dwarfs, and many other creatures. There is also a dragon and you get to meet gollum, the weird little creature that alway says "my precious", who at a time was also a hobbit untill he ...more
May 05, 2012 Timothy rated it liked it
In many ways this has the same failings as the bible: Long-winded, confusing, too much violence, comes off preachy, an inaccurate historical piece, excessively moralistic and boring. But, like the bible, able to spawn some great movies.

Too much walking.
Linda Edmondson
Dec 19, 2007 Linda Edmondson rated it it was amazing
My favoritestest series ever!!! I could lose myself in Middle Earth forever. I have read this series cover to cover during every life changing, painful period of my life. Yes, I have read it seven times.
Elise Stokes
Jan 14, 2011 Elise Stokes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Tolkien's imagination astounds me. I was thoroughly pulled into the mythical world he creates, and appreciated how he masterfully wove his personal faith throughout, especially in Frodo's quest. A must read for all ages.
Jd Ferries-rowe
Jan 04, 2013 Jd Ferries-rowe rated it it was amazing
Just went through the trilogy plus hobbit on audiobook. Great narration and even singing! Interesting to visualize and made me want to watch the movies again to see some of those epic battles.
Brandi Wamsley
A great read from beginning to very long ending. A well written fantasy book whose only fault in my eyes is the drawn out ending. Love the whole series.
sha gha
Sep 08, 2010 sha gha rated it it was amazing
The only thing I can say about these series of books is: "The Lord of The Rings is a real masterpiece". It really worth the time you spend for reading it!
اية محمود Aya Mahmoud
ويبقى السؤال الأزلي هو ليه أدب الفانتازيا بيؤرخ بتولكين؟
ليه المتخصصين والنقاد بيعتبروا ان ما قبل الهوبيت وسيد الخواتم حقبة وما بعد الهوبيت سيد الخواتم حقبة تانية؟
الإجابة بسيطة جدا
لأن تولكين عمل حاجات ماعملهاش كاتب فانتازيا قبله
تولكين ببساطة عمل عالم جديد تماما
ما علينا
الموضوع بدأ كالآتي وزي كل الناس اللي اتفرجوا على أفلام اخونا العزيز بيتر جاكسون عارفين ان القصة بدأت لما كان بيلبو الهوبيت اللي في أواخر عامه ال49 قاعد في بيتهم مرتاح ومبسوط واتفاجئ بساحر و13 قزم جوه بيته بيسحبوه لمغامرة احتمال ماير
Subrina Wood
Oct 04, 2014 Subrina Wood rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone cool
Recommended to Subrina by: Hippie radical in Harvard Square
Great books. Wonder new world.
I read to Hobbit back in the 70's after seeing a pin in a Harvard Square shop(that was a trend in those days, to hang out in Harvard Square on the weekend and buy cool hippie stuff)that said 'Frodo Lives'. Who the hell is Frodo, my 14 year old self asked? Well, it wasn't as easy to find things out in those pre-smart phone...I had to ask the manager. He was a cute radical type, with a pierce ear which was down right scandalous in those days. That sent me to go to my
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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 .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan
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Other Books in the Series

Middle-Earth Universe (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • The Hobbit
  • The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
  • The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
  • The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
  • The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)
  • Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth
  • The Children of Húrin
  • Beren and Lúthien
  • The Book of Lost Tales, Part One (The History of Middle-Earth, #1)
  • The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two (The History of Middle-Earth, #2)

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