Fellowship of the Ring

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Ballantine Books, May 12, 1976 - Fiction - 527 pages
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The fellowship of the ring tells of the fateful power of the one ring, and begins the magnificent tale of adventure which is continued in the Two Towers and in the Return of the King.

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Great story and great storytelling. - Goodreads
However, the writing was a disappointment. - Goodreads
That said, Tolkein is not a terribly good writer. - Goodreads
Cute poll, but the wrong premise. - Goodreads
The writing style is too dry. - Goodreads
He can't advance a plotline. - Goodreads

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User Review  - maheswaranm - LibraryThing

a reread. maybe I am biased because its a Tolkien classic. love this book. a must read for anyone who has done the lord of the rings. I am sure they would have already read this if they completed LOTR ... Read full review

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User Review  - LoisHaight - LibraryThing

For some reason, I've never really thought of the Hobbit as a children's books, even though its intended audience is children and I was a 10-year-old when I first read Tolkien's books. Upon my ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue page
19
Note on the Shire Records
37
Book I
41
Copyright

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About the author (1976)

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as attested to by, among other works, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse:English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Hos latest work, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, was never before published. It was written while Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford during the 1920's and 1930's before The Lord of the Rings.

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