Written on: 14/10/2008 by Luther (2 reviews written)
Not only the story is very well written, but Tolkien managed brilliantly to recreate a world with a somehaw complex history and a mythology of it's own. If you think the movie was good, the book is even better. (read more)
Written on: 28/09/2006 by 23173 (7 reviews written)
This is THE book to define the fantasy genre, even if (like me) you weren't that interested in the genre to begin with, this book will change that. The story itself is amazing, with so much depth. Because not all of the information Professor Tolkien wanted to give to the reader could fit within the story's pages, there is an appendices at the back of The Return of the King to fill in any gaps. Once you start to read this book you will not put it down, which is one of the reasons this book is... (read more)
Written on: 07/07/2006 by thepaladin (49 reviews written)
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings is quite simply the fantasy that all other fantasies are measured against. If you haven't yet read it, drop what you're doing, run out now and get it.
Some books are fantasies that happen to be good books, this is a wonderful book that happens to be a fantasy. (read more)
Written on: 04/12/2003 by ANGEL1964 (7 reviews written)
I have read all of the Toilken books both with my son and again in later years and have enjoyed them more each time.
A great way to live the adventure with emotions running from scared to excited at what is going to happen to Frodo next. (read more)
Written on: 22/08/2003 by michaelranns (1 review written)
This man should be given a Knighthood or something i have read all his books over a dozen times and i still can't put it down. He has created a World where you can visit time and time again he is simply the master of fantasy he has created some of the most wonderful people and places (read more)
Written on: 08/07/2003 by Gudrid.
After re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien\'s Lord of the Rings, I found myself discovering new and interesting elements in the books that I had never remarked before. For instance, the battle scenes, which my imagination had assured me went on for pages and pages, actually only run for a few paragraphs. But so vivid is Tolkien\'s writing, the reader is almost able to \'see\' the action in reel to reel footage. (And yes, I do think the first two LOTR films have succeeded in interpreting Tolkien\'s... (read more)
Written on: 17/06/2003 by George.
I found the lord of the rings books great.They make you want to read them over and over again.No matter how hard i tried i could not put them down.Truly a great masterpiece. (read more)
Written on: 02/05/2003 by Bob.
Its the sheer scale of the book thats brings me back to it time and again. Not just for the amazing invention/imagination of the lands, peoples, creatures, languages etc nor even for the tale itself (which is superbly thought out and exciting), but the fact that Tolkien has created a complete sense of history and where exactly the LotR tale fits into that History (ie how history created the circumstances in which the LotR tale took place and that tale would affect the future). You do... (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2003 by Velaineil.
It is kind of difficult to review all of LotR plus the related works, but I will try... The Silmarrilion: Is the complete history to Middle-Earth, tells of the coming of the elves and their exile from Valinor. What would have happened, I wonder, if they hadn't been banished? Perhaps they would have gone on living forever with and beside the Valar. When would Morgoth rerise? What would have happened to the Silmarrils? Would there even be Silmarrils? The war of the ring probably never would... (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2002 by Mark.
J K Rowling has nothing on JRR Tolkien. The all time master of imaginative fantasy epics. A true epic that will never be surpassed. The LOTR doesn't stop at three books it began with the Hobbit and continues in The History of Middle Earth. Tolkien's aptitude for pure detail is amazing. To write 15+ books of pure middle earth history is beyond belief. LOTR can be difficult to get into so read The Hobbit first. For the older reader who, amazingly didn't read it in their teens, try reading it... (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2002 by VinoJ.
Lord Of The Rings by JRR Tolkien was voted book of the century, and it's no suprise in my opinion. This book is an epic in every way. Tolkien created a fanastic new world, with a rich history and language. The characters are brillant along with their flaws.
If you read other fantasy, you can see so much of it derives from Tolkiens world, which must be a huge compliment.
One thing to note is the first book is tough going, so keep at it! (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2002 by Steven Rogers.
The Lord of The Rings is simply the greatest book that I have ever read and will ever read. I read The Hobbit before I read LOTR, which I would recommend (LOTR makes more sense after reading The Hobbit.)
LOTR's is really a bitter sweet story. But that is part of the reason why it is so great, because life is not just a bag of good memories. Tolkien incorporated a lot of problems along with a lot of merry making and triumphs. Wherever good is and pureness, lurking somewhere in that very... (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2002 by CT.
Lord Of The Rings by JRR Tolkien is one of the greatest stories I've ever read. Totally addictive, once you begin reading it you can't put it down until it is finished. It is a very dark book considering some people believe it is meant for children. I personally don't believe that for one minute. The film is quite entertaining but I would advise anybody who is going to see the film to wait and read the book first as the book always has much more detail, which helps you to get to grips with... (read more)
Written on: 30/01/2002 by Genny.
I made three attempts at reading this trilogy of books before I finally succeeded when I was about 19 or 20. But I still found some of the action hard to follow, and the characters and their motivation confusing. I was not enough of a fan to read and re-read until I had it straight, so I was never too enthusiastic, although I loved Gollum, Tom Bombadil, the Ents and of course the Hobbits and Gandalf. My recommendation to anyone who hasn't read these books is to go and see the fantastic... (read more)
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