The Lord of the Rings, Book 1

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HarperCollins, 1999 - Baggins, Frodo (Fictitious character) - 1536 pages
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Magnificent story telling. - Goodreads
Tolkien's prose is dull dull dull. - Goodreads
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This is a classic favorite of mine, and I was delighted to have it top the list I chose for my "assigned reading for 2014." I spent many a day poring through this book, and it was the source material ... Read full review

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Read this trilogy for the first time probably in about 1999, 2000, my father's battered old paperback copy printed in the 1970s so a little worse for wear. Re-read it about 6 times since, seen the ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

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 evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrķn and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher. In 2013, his title, The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In) made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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