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lord of the rings

by J.R.R. Tolkien

4.38 avg rating
Book 5 of 130 in the Best Fantasy Books for Children
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"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 bind them

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, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he 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; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

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Anonymous | 2012-10-06 06:34:49
the best book of all time it deserves to be number one
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Anonymous | 2013-10-23 08:21:49
A classic. Thank you, Tolkien for my introduction tothe fantasy genre. Where would we be without you.
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!!!
Anonymous | 2014-01-08 01:57:03
By far the best fantasy trilogy ever written.
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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Anonymous | 2014-05-06 07:45:59
Tolkien created a WHOLE NEW UNIVERSE. With history, wars, and great adventures.. The best!
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)\
Anonymous | 2015-01-24 03:55:38
How can these books have the number 4. It should be number 1
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
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.
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
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. :)
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 Tolkien. If not, there are far better options out there.
Anonymous | 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.
Anonymous | 2017-09-11 10:02:55
Tolkien deserves to be on the top of the list of Best Fantasy Books of all time. He set the standard and inspired generations of readers. His world-building is unsurpassed and his skill for designing languages is phenomenal. Before Joseph Campbell there was Tolkien. | 2018-05-14 11:57:22
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