The Lord Of The Rings : The Film Book Of J.R.R. Tolkien's

The Lord Of The Rings : The Film Book Of J.R.R. Tolkien's

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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1978.
ISBN: 9780345281395
034528139X
Characteristics: 76 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Zaentz, Saul
Bakshi, Ralph

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scribby
Nov 26, 2018

Well, this doesn’t really need an introduction, does it? THE classic of the fantasy genre (some would say, erroneously, its founder), mother of countless similar books and whole worlds, video games, album covers, Led Zep songs, symphonies, parodies, stage plays, conlangs, and two movie versions. It’s nice to re-read it again, and to experience where all of this comes from. And yes – it IS quite an experience. (...And no, it's not really a trilogy.) Obviously there’s the contrast of the human (or hobbit) drama versus the mythic sweep of the narrative – partly supported by some of the characters’ homespun speech on one hand and the grand archaic language on the other (though the latter, not based on any actual historical form of English, gets a little overwrought in the Gondor section). Almost as obvious, there’s the allegory: Christian (there are three archetypal Christ-figures, if you think about it, as well as discussions on the nature of good and evil); WWII (obvious references to Nazism); environmentalist; possible others – part of the novel’s strength is its refusal to be shoved into a single interpretation. (In a development that would have left Tolkien aghast, some have claimed it to be satanic and/or a manifesto for white supremacy – both claims are as absurd as the philosophies that spawned them.) BUT – all of these interpretations (including the bad ones, I suppose) can be assigned to most fantasy novels, or novels of any genre. LOTR still stands apart. I think part of what’s compelling about it (even decades after its publication) is the comprehensiveness of the world that it creates and the fact that the characters are an intrinsic part of that world. Often a character (or the narrator!) refers to the mythology or long history of Middle Earth (which, obviously, a reader would not know) and makes no further comment – and the other characters immediately know the reference. We readers know the reference too, somewhere in our hearts and not our conscious minds. Middle Earth is completely self-referential in that way, but, in Tolkien’s own words, still refers to “things higher and deeper and darker” than mundane reality. These multiple layers indicate many ways to enjoy the tale, and therein lies its secret. Read and enjoy.

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JonMoss
Oct 28, 2018

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TheHobbit_0
Jul 14, 2018

Oh my gosh, where do I even begin with Tolkien? He is one of my favorite authors, along with C. S. Lewis. The thought that Tolkien put into the landscape and history is just amazing. I am in 8th grade and read this a few years ago. It is LONG, but lemme tell you, this is a great book.

ArapahoeRachel Nov 17, 2017

L.O.T.R. buried me so deeply in rich descriptions of setting, plot, and internal dialogue. I wanted to stay lost in this world far longer than the 1,100 pages allowed me to.

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joshua7279
Aug 02, 2017

How does one even begin to review this seminal work. Tolkien's depth of story is mind blowing. Every time I read it I find something new I didn't see before. Its a book that's meant to be enjoyed again and again. It brings such a great feeling that Tolkien coined his own term for it. "I coined the word 'eucatastrophe': the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears (which I argued it is the highest function of fairy-stories to produce)."

mabrazeau Jun 04, 2017

A very engaging and rich text.
This trilogy had me traveling to another world.

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Gidgers
Apr 17, 2017

J.R.R. Tolkien's literature is exceptional. This series of books is long, sometimes slow, but altogether a masterpiece. This series is my recommendation for someone who wants to read a good book. I would recommend ages 10 and up. Good books. Read them.

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Ismael_2509
Mar 13, 2017

When I read the Hobbit, i managed to finish it within two weeks, I really enjoyed.

But for The Lord of the Rings, it's an on and off again read. I read several chapters, I burn out and stop reading, read a different book, and come back to TLotR.

*sigh* I really want to finish the story. I'm currently at the part when Gandalf fell into a chasm after fighting the Balrog. It was an epic moment in the book.

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Kirby11330055
Nov 23, 2016

My inner nerd trembles to even touch Lord of the Rings.

DCPL_JohnB Nov 10, 2016

It's hard to review a classic that's pervaded our entire culture and basically established the modern fantasy.

Suffice it to say, The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece of high fantasy fiction. Some readers might find parts a bit dry since some passages read more like a history or classic epic compared to more modern fantasy.

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Violence: Bashing off people's heads,Ect.Ect.

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twilightmom
Mar 28, 2013

Coarse Language: The writing is in high English so at times can be coarse and hard to read, one of the main reasons that Twilight is sooooooo good is because it uses simple, easy to understand language for a mom.

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twilightmom
Mar 28, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Frightening creatures and disturbing images.

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twilightmom
Mar 28, 2013

Violence: Decapitations, slaying of orcs and men, and death.

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twilightmom
Mar 28, 2013

Other: There are swords in this book.

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

“Eomer said, 'How is a man to judge what to do in such times?'
As he has ever judged,' said Aragorn. 'Good and evil have not changed since yesteryear, nor are they one thing among Elves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.” -The Two Towers

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

“For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” -The Return of the King

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” -The Fellowship of the Ring

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” -The Fellowship of the Ring

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