The Fellowship of the Ring
Being the first part of The Lord of the Rings
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780618129034, 398pp.)
Publication Date: September 2001
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Part one of The Lord of the Rings, now featuring film art on the cover.
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.
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
"An extraordinary work--pure excitement..." The New York Times
A remarkable book” Newsweek
One of the great fairy-tale quests in modern literature” Time Magazine
One of the very few works of genius in recent literature” New Republic
A work of immense narrative power that can sweep the reader up and hold him enthralled for days and weeks.” The Nation
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." Sunday Telegraph
Tolkien’s stories take place against a background of measureless depth That background is ever-present in the creator’s mind and it gives Frodo and company a three-dimensional reality that is seldom found in this kind of writing.” The Washington Post
A masterful story an epic in its own way with elements of high adventure, suspense, mystery, poetry and fantasy.” Boston Herald