In celebration of The Hobbit's fiftieth anniversary, the authoritative edition of its stirring sequel, The Lord of The Rings, is elegantly presented in handsome, uniform editions. In the First Part of The Lord of the Rings, 111 year-old Bilbo Baggins (hero of The Hobbit) passed along his magical ring to his orphaned nephew, Frodo--unwittingly setting its original owner, the horrible Gollum, on his trail. Less the ring fall into evil hands, Frodo sought to destroy it at the Mountain of Fire in the enemy land of Mordor. In the Second Part, which recounts his perilous journey, Frodo succeeded in taming Gollum and enlisting his aid; the creature's treacherous nature, however, soon reasserted itself. As the Third Part opens, Frodo has been captured by orcs, and the task of destroying the ring--and saving the world of Middle-earth--falls to his plucky servant, Samwise. This edition includes appendixes of: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, Family trees (Hobbits), Pronounciation of Words and Names, an Index of names, and much more! Also included is a large pull out map of the land.
The standard harcover edition of the concluding volume of The Lord of the Rings includes a large format fold-out map and extensive appendices. As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive -- now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.
"A triumphant close . . . a grand piece of work, grand in both conception and execution. An astonishing imaginative tour de force." -- Daily Telegraph
"An impressive achievement, unique among the imaginative works of our times." The New York Herald-Tribune
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