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Paperback THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Ring Sets Out; The Ring Goes South; The Treason of Isengard; The Ring Goes East; The War of the Ring; The End of the Third Age; Appendices Book

ISBN: 0007123817

ISBN13: 9780007123810

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Ring Sets Out; The Ring Goes South; The Treason of Isengard; The Ring Goes East; The War of the Ring; The End of the Third Age; Appendices

(Part of the The Lord of the Rings Series)

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Book Overview

J.R.R. Tolkien's grand masterwork in a new hardcover illustrated with the art created by Tolkien himself as he envisioned Middle-earth One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to... This description may be from another edition of this product.

Customer Reviews

17 ratings

Worse than acceptable

There was a large portion of the book that was not glued anymore, the only thing in the description was missing dust cover. So pretty sure that is not acceptable condition.😥

Missing pages

Received book and didn’t open it right away and when I opened it last night I found the first 93 pages are missing from the book. Very frustrating!

Slightly disappointed.

I really wanted the red cover edition and I received something completely different. It was pretty beat up, but I'm not too worried over that since it wasn't expensive.

Pleasantly Surprised

This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised. The book itself is in good condition, very thick and I loved the beautiful maps in the back. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Who doesn't love Lord Of The Rings?

I haven't met anyone who doesn't love this series. 100% worth reading. Came on time and in great condition as well!

Tolkien is a Genius

I purchased the edition that has all three volumes in one book. It's in good condition and looks like it's already been well read. I look forward to revising one of my longtime favorites. Tolkien has a way with words that no one else does. He weaves such a vivid picture and his attention to detail is second to none. For those unfamiliar with the way the books are written - they are actually 6 books broken down into 3 volumes. Once the Fellowship splits apart, half of Two Towers and Return of the King follows Frodo and Sam's story while the other half follows the other characters. It isn't written in the format of all the characters' stories running simultaneously. All of the events that Frodo and Sam experience in say, Two Towers, is told all at once. And then it goes into the section about Aragorn and the rest of them.

Lord of the Rings is a great read.

Purchased the book for my 8 and 10 year old nephews I’m mentoring and excited to see their need to read. Received the book in excellent condition and delivered very quickly.

A little beat up but still awesome

The 3 pack comes in a nice cardboard box set. It was a bit beat up but still a great story and well worth what little I had to pay!


It was in excellent condition was not what I was expecting and would recommended it to everyone. Absolutely Love the book!


This edition is spotless. It came very quickly and is absolutely beautiful. Its not entirely what I was expecting but it is still a beautiful book!!!

Not like the picture...

I was disappointing to receive my books. I had selected hardcover books and what I got was three paperbacks.

Favourtie trilogy of all time!

Since I was 12 years old, I have loved (and always will) this special trilogy! It is wonderful, meaningful, and all around inspiring and brilliant. One day, I'll read this book to my children and children's children in hopes for the legend to live on. This copy is absolutely magnificent with the appendices, family trees, guides, and extra information. In perfect condition for a great price. I'll definitely be buying from Thrift Books again!

The entire story AND more, all in one book...

This is, and shall always be one of my favorite books. I like it because it's all three parts in one - more manageable. Although the story is in itself an incomparable epic, the other main reason I like this copy is because of the excellent appendices: my favorites were the concise guide to elvish and dwarvish languages - which got me interested in them. If you're not into gimmicks and showy covers, this is possibly the best copy you could find - the entire story for a great price.

The finest edition of LOTR ever published

While the price of this book is steep, this is easily the best version of this book in existance. The gilded pages and high-quality leather look, smell and feel wonderful. This is not the questionable quality leather used on previous versions, this is the real deal. More importantly, this version has, as J.R.R. recorded in letters, reproductions of the Book of Marzubul. These are the pages from the Dwarven book found in the Mines of Moria by Gandalf and the Fellowship. In the begining and ending of the book are also included maps that fold out to render Middle-earth for the reader, again as the author originally wanted. This is the book that Tolkien dreamed of having published but couldn't due to the realities of post-WWII publishing costs and questions about a 400,000 word publication. For me, there is an emtoional response to this book for two reasons. One, it is as fine or better than the book the author originally wished to have published and two, it is a beautiful piece of art all on its own, suitable for display. If you love books or love Tolkien or both, this is a must have and the centerpiece of any worthy collection.


This is excellent, the way the Lord of the Rings should always have been published. It was the way it was intended to be published as well. If you don't have the trilogy, what are you waiting for?

Review on Editions

Houghton Mifflin Co published three editions of the one-volume LOTR, all of which include the complete text and the appendices:This 1991 centennial edition has largest text. It includes durable binding, smooth white pages, glossy illustrations, an illustrated cover jacket, and an red ribbon bookmark sewn into the binding. However, the book is the largest LOTR book I've ever seen in my life -- It's quite hefty.There is a red, faux-leather collector's edition published in 1974. It is slightly smaller in dimensions compared to the centennial edition and weighs considerably less. The cover is beautiful and unmatched in elegance. Chapter headings and margin headings are in orange red. The pages are slightly tinted yellow, as smooth as the centennial edition, and seem to emit a pleasant flagrance. However, there is "broken type" on nearly every page because the text is not conventionally set, but rather a photo offset from another edition. (Conventionally set text would read like a Word document printed with a laser printer. Photo offset would be as if one had scanned that laser-printed World document into a JPEG, and reprinted out that JPEG.) The binding of this edition also seems to be of lesser quality than the 1991 centennial edition.There is also the LOTR Movie Art Cover edition printed in June of 2001. Like the centennial edition's cover illustration, this edition's movie art is also on a cover jacket. I am not too familiar with this edition, but from casual browsing, I've found that the text, though smallest, looks the most "conventionally set," and the pages are of the same quality as the centennial edition. The book is smaller in height and width but thicker than the collector's edition. The binding looks solid enough, but there is no movie art in the book.My personal favorite is the centennial edition.


I have never read a more incredible story about fantasy, every page has more adventure and is all perfectly filled with power.Tolkien knows how to make us feel in harmony and in darkness too, this story goes from the most beauty and peacefull to the last places of doom and shadows. A must read story that will always remain among the fantasy classics.

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