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The 50th anniversary one-volume edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic   "An extraordinary work -- pure excitement." -- New York Times Book Review   One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bi...

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  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Publish Date: 2012-08-14
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    Best fantasy series ever written(Ranked 1 out of 10)

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    Reviews/Comments On Lord Of The Rings


    20 out of 26 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2012-10-06 06:34:49

    the best book of all time it deserves to be number one

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    By: Anonymous
    2012-11-28 10:21:06

    The best fantasy series ever. Only it's not really a series :) Unless you count the Hobit and Silmarillion.

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    8 out of 23 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2012-11-29 06:13:30

    The writing style in the texts themselves didn't really age that well. Thank god for the films for bringing such a great story into the modern age.

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    RE: RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2013-03-22 05:28:14

    I read this series through twice at ages 14

    RE: RE: RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2013-03-25 02:45:17

    I didn't mean age in the subjective way.

    RE: RE: RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2014-11-03 08:11:06

    It is not a series.

    RE: RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2014-11-02 01:57:21

    The writing is fantastic, and "aged" perfectly well. There is no vocabulary a person wouldn't recognize today. There are no "thees" or "thous", but the writing is serious. Tolkien was an Oxford professor and wrote a solid Anglo-Saxon prose. No French (but for one word describing Aragorn - which I will leave you to find yourself).

    RE: RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2016-10-09 08:22:40

    The writing is superb, as epic as the story itself and needs no updating. The movie is ok but, as usually, it's a poor and shallow reflex of the original work. That's the "modernization" you are talking about. A easy version suited for the mainstream consumers.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2012-12-05 12:19:58

    The classic, and creator of the fantasy genre, and due all the respect it gets. Truthfully though, if it were just written today, it'd be a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars. Too many slow parts, and quite frankly many non-fantasy readers might not finish it. I wouldn't read it twice, but it is still a classic.

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    RE: RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2014-11-02 02:00:56

    I first read it in 5th grade, and another dozen times before college (It was my thing at the time). It fits best in the literary fantasy category. Think PBS rather than Game of Thrones. One is popular, one is best.

    RE: RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2014-12-24 02:53:48

    Agreed. The world he created is almost undoubtedly second to none: history, language, legends, etc. But the actual plot and story doesn't grab you in the way that the best modern fantasy works do. It can be a very plodding journey.

    RE: RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2016-03-01 09:32:25

    Tolkien was not the creator of the fantasy genre.

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    RE: Best Fantasy Series
    By: Anonymous
    2013-05-20 03:43:13

    The ironic thing is that this is ONE BOOK. I wouldn't classify this as a "series," even though you see it typically broken into three books, three movies, etc. It is ONE BOOK, ONE STORY. But obviously for historical and genre-altering purposes, this should be #1 on ANY list!

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    RE: RE: Best Fantasy Series
    By: Anonymous
    2017-10-16 02:12:19

    It was technically broken into 6 books and sold as 3 volumes.

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    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2013-06-02 06:50:32

    What a great read! I have read the series three times through. First as a pre-teen, then as a pot smoking ent-teen, then as a clean and sober post-teen. It was great all three times. Well written and engaging. The characters were well developed and distinct from one another. The amazing thing about these books is that a huge plot was unfurled in just a 1000 pages! I wish Robert Jordan was a little more like this, though that series ranks at the very top for me as well. Many books today seem to have endless fill with little substance.

    The symbolism and allegory is amazing. The ring, filled with unfathomable power that is difficult to use and incredibly dangerous to the holder is all but impossible to let go of. Very similar to a drug addiction. Or, in Christian terms the sinful nature. Only by destroying it, our putting to death the old self, is freedom attained. Let's not forget that WWII had recently ended at the time if this writing. All the fear and trepidation of a Nazi run world was still fresh in peoples minds.

    Any way, this is a great read that can be enjoyed on a number of levels. I am now re reading it again for the fourth time and having watched all the films many times over, it is nice to understand some of the underpinnings that drove the plot and see what was left out or was changed.

    I Could go on and on...if you've never read out, give it a try and if you have read it, you'll already know what I mean.

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    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2013-10-23 08:21:49

    A classic. Thank you, Tolkien for my introduction tothe fantasy genre. Where would we be without you.

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    By: LOTR lover
    2013-10-31 02:58:49

    There afre slow spots but if you get tough them you will find it is the best book ever!!!

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    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Series
    By: Anonymous
    2014-01-08 01:57:03

    By far the best fantasy trilogy ever written.

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    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2014-01-30 06:09:50

    I've read this series through five or six times. It's like an old friend. Best of all time, it set the standard to which everyone else borrowed. Whoever wrote thank goodness for the movies is an idiot.

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    2014-04-22 01:41:03

    horrid

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    RE: Best fantasy series ever written
    By: Anonymous
    2014-05-06 07:45:59

    Tolkien created a WHOLE NEW UNIVERSE. With history, wars, and great adventures.. The best!

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    By: Anonymous
    2014-12-21 03:40:56

    There where to many slow parts and Tolkien has a detached style of writing that makes it hard to get into the story, but when the action picked up it certainly had it's moments. (3.5 stars)

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    By: Anonymous
    2015-01-24 03:55:38

    How can these books have the number 4. It should be number 1

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    By: Phil Bakes
    2015-02-15 12:12:47

    Simply the best. There are no wasted words in 1500 pages. Everything else I have tried pales in comparison

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    By: Anonymous
    2016-09-20 04:26:22

    Clearly you don't read a lot.

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    RE: Best Fantasy Series
    By: Anonymous
    2015-07-27 04:06:30

    Extremely influential and a classic, very well thought out and well written. That being said, from a purely modern point of view, the series is a bit too slow and the characters are very simple.

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    By: Anonymous
    2016-02-15 11:23:51

    Best books ever. The Silmarillion is in fact about a Dozen Lord of the Rings compressedm into 1 book and brilliant in its own right

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    By: Anonymous
    2016-04-05 05:07:00

    Tolkien shouldn't even be ranked. If you're new to fantasy you should just start here. If you didn't start here you must put down what you're reading and start here. :)

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    By: Anonymous
    2016-09-20 04:25:13

    Not one of the best at all. Boring, stilted, writing. That, of course, is not necessarily bad, as people like different things. What is bad is that Tolkien is given credit for "inventing" world building fantasy. He did not. L. Frank Baum wrote a series of 14 books long before Tolkien...and every trope that Tolkien gets credit for had already been written in Baum's books.

    If you want to be bored, and give credit where credit is NOT due...read Tolkien. If not, there are far better options out there.

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    2016-09-21 10:00:19

    The books are a great read and a must as a basis for any fantasy read thereafter. However, with all of the great fantasy I've been reading lately, I'd have a hard time placing this series in the top 5 anymore based on how much I enjoyed the read.

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