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The Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit (4 Volumes)

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Yet unlike Satan, we do not get an explanation of what makes Strider superior, worthy, or--more importantly--righteous.

The characters in The Lord of the Rings were beautifully developed and incredibly relatable, each facing their own trials and tribulations. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. 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. I knew going into reading there wasn't going to be a lot of Bilbo, but that didn't stop me from reading ahead occasionally to see when his name would pop up next. One cannot entirely blame Tolkien because Jordan, Martin, Goodkind, Paolini, Brooks, and Salvatore have created a genre out of his work which is unoriginal, cloying, escapist, and sexually unpalatable (if often successful).

To a Jesuit friend he wrote: 'The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously at first, but consciously in the revision. I think it was the last book he ever read me as a 'bedtime story', but we embarked on the adventures of Bilbo Baggins together and absolutely loved every minute of it! Tolkien firmly believed that his characters had existed long before he had, that God had given him the story. It might be a classic, but there are many who have stern reservations about reading this series, partially I suspect due to its length.

Adrian Harrington began trading in 1971, as part of Harrington Brothers in the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's fashionable King's Road. Tolkien’s intricate world-building and the sheer depth of his storytelling skills were awe-inspiring, making Middle-earth feel like a living, breathing realm. Tolkien would be one of those guys who, if I could invite any 3 people to have dinner with, would get a seat at the table. While there are have been plenty of hugely popular series in recent years—Fifty Shades of Grey, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Divergent come to mind…the series is also a hallmark of literary history.For further information about your statutory rights, contact your local authority Trading Standards department or consumer advice center (for example the Citizen's Advice Bureau if you are in the UK).

Dec 2013: Rereading with my 2 oldest kids after seeing "Desolation of Smaug" (they wanted to read it, the 2nd hasn't read beyond "Hobbit" yet, and I wanted to check my memory since I didn't remember things the same way the directors of the movie seemed to ;) Also gave a challenge to them, as in, "I'll read these with you if you'll read through DICKENS with me, ha ha ha ha". And each time I try, I'm quickly dissuaded; I'd rather read a new adventure than re-read an adventure I remember quite well. At any rate, I come from a background in which I have come to believe that "man is that he might have joy. We mainly use Royal Mail Tracked 48 Service for goods which weight less then 2kg, all other goods will be delivered by a Courier. There are trolls and massive spiders and other scary creatures but they aren't dwelt upon and they are always quickly defeated.Tolkien addresses the young reader directly several times, reminding them of something he's told them in an earlier chapter and that sort of thing. Tolkien's flaws have been well-documented by notable authors, from Moorcock's 'Epic Pooh' to Mieville's adroit analysis, but for all that, he was no slouch.

I love these words from Tolkien's introduction: "Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer. The struggles and hardships are of such importance and value to both the reader and the characters by the end of the journey, Tolkien has spoken volumes about friendship, love, bravery, honour, loyalty, deceit.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. I read about 2/3rds of the trilogy in one block in the end as I decided to forbid myself to watch the epic films again until I was done with the books because I knew that every time I grew impatient for the story to continue without wanting to spend the time or the energy reading it, I'd watch the films and that would result in me not feeling the need to continue the book for a good while.

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