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The Fellowship of the Ring Paperback - 1999

by J. R. Tolkien; Notes by Douglas A. Anderson

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.


About this book

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It takes place in the fictional universe Middle-earth. It was originally published on July 29, 1954 in the United Kingdom. The volume consists of a Prologue "Concerning Hobbits, and other matters" followed by Book I and Book II.

Tolkien's publisher worried that the 'high-fantasy' novel wouldn't sell, and broke the text into three volumes to cut costs: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Because the popularity had not been tested, initial print runs on the trilogy were low, making first states scarce and valuable.

Summary

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.

First Edition Identification

The first edition, first printing of The Fellowship of the Ring was published in the UK by George Allen and Unwin. Only 3,000 copies were initially published. A fold out map in the read includes a red dot off the coast of Umbar as a first state point and 21s pricepoint on dustjacket.

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  • Title The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Author J. R. Tolkien; Notes by Douglas A. Anderson
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition [ Edition: repri
  • Pages 432
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Houghton Mifflin, Boston
  • Date 1999-09-15
  • ISBN 9780618002221 / 0618002227
  • Weight 0.96 lbs (0.44 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.28 x 5.64 x 1.04 in (21.03 x 14.33 x 2.64 cm)
  • Reading level 860
  • Library of Congress subjects Fantasy fiction, Middle Earth (Imaginary place)
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

Media reviews

"A unique, wholly realized other world, evoked from deep in the well of Time, massively detailed, absorbingly entertaining, profound in meaning." The New York Times

"Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron." -- C. S. Lewis "Exciting...Tolkien's invention is unflagging." -- W. H. Auden

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