The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

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The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by philologist and Oxford University professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's earlier, less complex children's fantasy novel The Hobbit (1937), but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War II. Although generally known to readers as a trilogy, the work was initially intended by Tolkien to be one volume of a two-volume set along with The Silmarillion; however, the publisher decided to omit the second volume and instead published The Lord of the Rings in 1954-55 as three books rather than one, for economic reasons. It has since been reprinted numerous times and translated into many languages, becoming one of the most popular and influential works in 20th-century literature.

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The 68th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 1st on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  2. - 5th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (
  3. - 6th on The Celebrity Reading List (Gardiner Public Library)
  4. - 8th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  5. - 10th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (
  6. - 26th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  7. - 40th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  8. - 58th on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)
  9. - 64th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  10. - 100th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  11. - The Great American Read (PBS)
  12. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  13. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime ( (USA))
  14. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  15. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  16. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime ( (UK))
  17. - 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)
  18. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)

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