This three-volume boxed set of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings—including The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King—is lavishly illustrated in full color by renowned Tolkien artist Alan Lee.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
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 still it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.
From his fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, Sauron's power spread far and wide. He gathered all the Great Rings to him, but ever he searched far and wide for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.
On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo disappeared bequeathing to his young cousin, Frodo, the Ruling Ring, and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.
ALAN LEE was born in Middlesex in 1947. His illustrated books include Faeries
(with Brian Froud), Castles and Merlin Dreams
, and the three ‘Great Tales’ of Middle-earth: The Children of Húrin
, and The Fall of Gondolin
. He has worked on such prestigious films as Erik the Viking
(Terry Gilliam), Legend
(Ridley Scott), and the acclaimed NBC miniseries Merlin
. He is best known, however, for his work on the books The Hobbit
and The Lord of the Rings
, and now the film versions.
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over sixty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
"A work of immense narrative power that can sweep the reader up and hold him enthralled for days and weeks." The Nation —