Synopses & Reviews
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 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 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, Merry, Pippin, and Sam, Gimli the Dwarf, Legolas the Elf, Boromir of Gondor, and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
"A unique, wholly realized other world, evoked from deep
in the well of time, massively detailed, absorbingly entertaining, profound in meaning." New York Times Book Review
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." Sunday Telegraph (London)
The story of the century becomes a movie of the year, with the remarkable landscape of New Zealand standing in for Tolkien's Middle-earth under the direction of Academy Award( nominee Peter Jackson.
Following the resounding success of The Hobbit
in 1938, J.R.R. Tolkiens publisher warned him that "a large public will be clamoring next year to hear more from you about Hobbits." In 1950, Tolkien wrote his publisher, "My work has escaped from my control, and I have produced a monster...it is not really a sequel to The Hobbit
, but to The Silmarillion
." It would be 1954 before the first volume of The Lord of the Rings
would reach bookstore shelves, but Tolkien would see his "monster" captivate millions of devoted readers all over the world.
Soon to be an epic motion picture trilogy from New Line Cinema.
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.