The first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS 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 into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
“A unique, wholly realized other world, evoked from deep in the well of Time, massively detailed, absorbingly entertaining, profound in meaning.” – New York Times
Total awesome read
I'm a fan of fantasy literature,and I became absolutely smitten with the Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's work of fantasy is so rich in detail, and character development. I recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy novels.
Maps quality is appalling
Great book, but the image quality of the maps is terrible. I cannot believe so little effort was put into this ebook. The publisher needs to rescan the maps and update the image quality.
Where's the added value
I'm familiar with the Tolkien watercolored pencil drawing which inspired the book cover (I'd rather have the pencil drawing) this clean black modernist cover is conflict with the spirit of these books. I could think of so many ways to add value to an ebook version of Lord of the Rings: rich illustrations (I still prefer the first editions I read with cover art by Tolkien himself), interactive maps, perhaps (but only if done well) audio of elfish songs but definitely and audio pronunciation dictionary. Imagine having tools to help explore the various languages, or consolidating the genealogies. This edition has none of that, it is simply the text of the book in its most expensive digital format (the identical Kindle version is less expensive but still expensive) -- heck, this is a dollar more than buying a new paperback version. I don't begrudge the Tolkien estate their profits but this smells of greedy distributors -- I'm waiting for someone to add some value for the profits they intend to reap.