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*Includes characters spotlights on Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, Aragorn and other important characters. *Explains the origins of Middle Earth, its creatures, and its magic. *Comprehensively covers the plots and themes of each volume. *Includes a Table of Contents. In 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien published one of the fantasy genre’s seminal works with The Hobbit, which delighted adults and children alike telling an adventurous tale about hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who leaves the cozy comforts of his home to try to win a share of a treasure guarded by a dragon named Smaug. The popularity of the book made his publisher and audience want a follow-up involving his Middle Earth and hobbit creations. To say Tolkien outdid himself in response would be a drastic understatement. What followed was the most famous trilogy of the fantasy genre, The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien drew upon his background and spent over a decade fashioning the history of his world and the characters, including some of the old (Gandalf and Bilbo) and a lot of the new (Frodo, Aragorn, Sam). Though Tolkien’s epic fantasy was published more than 50 years ago, it remains a stalwart piece of writing today. More than 150 million copies have been sold in more than 30 languages, and the trilogy is among the top-selling novels of all time. Like The Hobbit, Tolkien’s expertise with language and history inform the story, but The Lord of the Rings is a staggering, complex work for adults, not children. Tolkien took the themes from The Hobbit and revisited them, but this time he went even deeper. The corruptive nature of power and the many forms of bravery are once again front and center as major themes. Working together and the environmental degradation of industrialization and war are also themes woven through the work. Although the fantasy element of The Lord of the Rings is undeniable, it is the human story at the center that truly draws readers in. It is a story of people—whether they be dwarves or elves or hobbits—who bravely stand up to evil in an effort to make their world a better place. That central story resonates and will continue to resonate. As Tolkien said: “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” Your Guide to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is the perfect resource for understanding Tolkien’s classic books. In addition to exploring Tolkien’s life and experiences, this guide explains the background of each volume, including its characters and plot, its major themes, and its influential and enduring legacy. With The Lord of the Rings as popular as ever, get caught up quickly with this resourceful guide. Charles River Editors is an independent publisher of thousands of ebooks on Kindle , Nook , Kobo , and Apple iBookstore & provider of original content for third parties.
4 out of 5 (very good)
In this clear and concise guide, you learn about the general plot of Lord of the Rings, as well as a more in depth look at some of the main characters. You will read about how Lord of the Rings came to be, as well as the inspiration for some of the scenes.
Very well written, with good explanations throughout, offering insight into things that may not have been told in the films, this is a wonderful addition to any fan of the Lord of the Rings.
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