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J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

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This four-volume, 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 The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in Hobbiton by the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves. He finds himself caught up in
Mass Market Paperback, Hobbit Movie Tie-in Boxed set, 1728 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published October 20th 1955)
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Sep 19, 2008 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
Jul 06, 2009 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
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This trilogy is for you if… you possess the stamina and enthusiasm for epic fantasy or simply who want to know the beginnings of the genre

The individual reviews for each book in this series can be found here:
The Hobbit
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Admittedly, this was not one of my favourite reads, not by a long shot. If it weren't for the giddy excitement of finally discovering the literary roots of o
Sep 16, 2012 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
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update December 2020:
I‘ve been eyeing this edition for a while and was circling it for the last few days. When I checked this morning, the delivery date shown was before Christmas. So this is now officially my Christmas present to myself.

I love Lord of the Rings. I doubt I can add anything of value to the discussion, that hasn't already been written about LOTR.

I had a one-volume-edition once, like Tolkien intended it. It looked a bit daunting at first. I had meant to read the book for 20 y
Oct 04, 2011 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 Eowyn) ...more
May 12, 2012 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
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-series
Starting a re-read in early February!
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... ...more
Heather's Mum
Sep 09, 2007 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
Mar 19, 2009 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.
Ebster Davis
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was introduced to The Lord of the Rings as the sequel to The Hobbit. I knew going into reading there wasn't going to be a lot of Bilbo, but that didn't stop me from reading ahead occasionally to see when his name would pop up next.

Reading The Lord of the Rings was a really different experience from The Hobbit not only because it's got a more epic scope and deals with more POV characters, but also because I felt like it introduced me to "Mr Tolkien". Tolkien in The Hobbit is writing for an a p
Pete daPixie
Feb 01, 2009 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. ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's been many years since I read this for the first time and what struck me is that I had completely forgotten it was written for children. Tolkien addresses the young reader directly several times, reminding them of something he's told them in an earlier chapter and that sort of thing. He never forgets the child reading the book. There are trolls and massive spiders and other scary creatures but they aren't dwelt upon and they are always quickly defeated. It's very much a child's story in whic ...more
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: epic, fantasy
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 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 rated it did not like it
I agree with Michael Moorcock: racist petit-bourgeois bullshit.
Jan 25, 2009 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.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 12, 2010 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 similar in the least. ...more
Riju Ganguly
Apr 16, 2012 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 your ...more
May 26, 2007 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, wasn´t there Aragorn, Gandalf and some hobbits too? And weren´t 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 I´m still fond of them. Yes, some people and books are destined
Timothy Ware
May 05, 2012 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.
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
Reread them over and over
Lexi Faith Carlson
Nothing is better than sitting down and reading a good book. We all know this. But, when it's leather bound and the pages are the yellowish color. Its like jumping into middle earth it self! ...more
Andrew Orflan
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I mean, if this isn't the foundation upon which all fantasy is built, I don't know what is. ...more
M.H.S. Pourri
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Again, amazing book. I actually had to read it through several times
Jacob A. Mirallegro
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I recognize that this series has been talked to death and I am very late to the party, however I will share my thoughts anyway and probably go on a rant, creating yet another giant ass review that probably nobody will take the time to read.

The Hobbit: my parents read this to me and I had read it myself when I was very little so I have nostalgia for it. Surprisingly it both didn't live up to my memories and didn't disappoint. It was pretty much just how I remembered it but a lot slower. I consist
John Orwell
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book created a generation, beautiful and fun it was the leader of fantasy until Game of Thrones. Worth the read for anyone who enjoys well crafted and fun novels
Joe Streeter
Aug 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I've enjoyed these books for years. I don't have anything high-minded to say about them. Just another satisfied reader. ...more
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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

Other books in the series

The Lord of the Rings (4 books)
  • The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
  • 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)

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