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The Lord of the Rings (One Volume)by J. R. R. Tolkien
Signed by Illustrator Alan Lee
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This special edition of The Lord of the Rings celebrates the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien with fifty paintings specially commissioned from the noted English artist Alan Lee.
Since its first publication in the 1950s, The Lord of the Rings has been accepted as a unique creation, becoming, as Tolkien envisioned, one of the living "myths" of the English-speaking peoples.
In this one volume the three parts of The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King are enhanced by the work of a dedicated artist whose vision matches Tolkien's own.
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring to rule all the others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and remained lost until after many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo, and was then bequeathed to his young nephew, Frodo. The Lord of the Rings tells of the quest undertaken by Frodo together with the fellowship of the ring: Gandalf the wizard; Merry, Pippin, and Sam, the hobbits; Gimli the dwarf; Legolas the elf; Boromir, man of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger named Strider.
Their quest was perilous: 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.
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." Sunday Telegraph
"A unique, wholly realized other world, evoked from deep in the well of Time, massively detailed, absorbingly entertaining, profound in meaning." The New York Times
Book News Annotation:
**** Endorsed by BCL3, this is a reprinting of Tolkien's classic fantasy trilogy with 50 new paintings by Alan Lee commissioned for this celebration of the 100th anniversary of JRR's birth. An elegant package. Printed on acidic paper.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Three-volume boxed set edition lavishly illustrated in full color by Alan Lee
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 still it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.
From his fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, Sauron's power spread far and wide. He gathered all the Great Rings to him, but ever he searched far and wide for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.
On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo dissapeared 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.
This special edition of The Lord of the Rings celebrates the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien with fifty gorgeous paintings full of beauty and mystery, specially commissioned from the noted English artist Alan Lee. In this one volume the three parts of The Lord of the Rings are enhanced by the work of a dedicated artist whose vision matches Tolkien's own. 50 color paintings.
About the Author
J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. He is the renowned creator of Middle-earth and author of the great modern classic, The Hobbit, the prelude to his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Other works by J.R.R. Tolkien include The Silmarillion. J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.
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