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

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.

The 53rd 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 (Bookman.com)
  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 (themodernnovel.com)
  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. - 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)
  12. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  13. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (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 (Amazon.com (UK))
  17. - 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)
  18. - The Great American Read (PBS)
  19. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  20. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)

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The Lord of the Rings (4 Volume Set) Mass Market Paperback 968692 $50.00 $10.16
The Silmarillion Hardcover 45746 $30.73 $0.01
The Silmarillion, Second Edition Paperback 829209 $5.50 $2.20
Narn I Chn Hrin: The Tale of the Children of Hrin. by J.R.R. Tolkien Paperback 593319 $10.74 $0.01 2008
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Mass Market Paperback 2328319 $25.57
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - Boxed Set: The Hobbit / The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Paperback 371886 $36.29 $24.35
The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings (2) Paperback 8707 $6.01 $1.51 2012
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) Mass Market Paperback 84864 $13.99 $3.26 2001
The Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit Hardcover 3471359 $1,032.93 2000
The Lord of the Rings: One Volume Kindle Edition 1008 $10.99 2012
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition Hardcover 43072 $21.67 $8.09 2005
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) Mass Market Paperback 31708 $2.70 $0.01 1986
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1) Audio CD 46683 $31.57 $19.43 2001
The Children of Hurin Kindle Edition 17987 $6.83 2012
The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings Paperback 62046 $5.74 $0.01 2005
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2) Mass Market Paperback 105032 $0.89 $0.01 1986
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Book 2) Audio CD 64053 $26.94 $14.80 2001
The Return of the King: Being theThird Part of the Lord of the Rings Kindle Edition 6693 $7.69 2012
The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings, Part 3) Hardcover 69470 $11.48 $0.01 1988
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, Part 3) Mass Market Paperback 102660 $1.95 $0.01 1986
The Children of Hurin Paperback 26305 $0.38 $0.01 2008
The Children of Hurin Hardcover 33532 $3.74 $0.01 2007
The Children of Húrin Audio CD 485514 $22.86 $6.44 2007
The Lord of the Rings (Wood Box Edition) Audio CD 297944 $21.88 $14.75 2012
The Return of the King (The Lord of The Rings, Part 3) Paperback 314501 $1.00 $0.01
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2) Paperback 355668 $1.00 $0.01
The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien Hardcover 63734 $20.00 2015
THE LORD OF THE RINGS BOX SET The Hobbit - the Return of the King - the Two Towers - the Fellowship of the Ring Mass Market Paperback 1723006 $17.77
The Silmarillion Hardcover 51359 $22.72 $7.48 2004
Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Boxed Set of 4 Books Mass Market Paperback 2052806 $14.00
Lords of the Rings and Hobbit - Box Set of 4 Voumes Mass Market Paperback 1948203 $32.66 $8.81
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) Paperback 337738 $0.99 $0.01 2003
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set Paperback 27148 $34.33 2014
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover 601752 $76.00 $88.90 2004
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) Paperback 151635 $3.50 $0.01
Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings) (Vol 3) Hardcover 1572463 $12.64 $3.91 1991
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings) (Vol 1) Paperback 1715349 $7.95 $0.01 2007
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One of The Lord of the Rings Audio CD 3187805 $105.95 $15.02
THE SILMARILLION Mass Market Paperback 1806249 $8.91 $0.01 1979
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, Part 3) Paperback 1028037 $0.01 $0.01 2003
Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth Paperback 32231 $9.44 $3.68 2001
Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth Hardcover 86421 $14.61 $4.89 2001
The Lord of the Rings Part One the Fellowship of the Ring Paperback 202837 $0.97 1905
The Lord of the Rings (Movie Art Cover) Paperback 259923 $1.43 $0.01
The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion (The Lord of The Rings) Hardcover 4690534 $37.25 $0.01 2001
Lord of the Rings Box Set (The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King) (Volumes 1-4) Mass Market Paperback 1844836 $199.00 $5.99
J.R.R. Tolkien's Celebrated Trilogy: The Lord of the Rings Audio CD 580009 $29.87 $9.80
The Lord of the Rings Paperback 279516 $5.39 $0.01 2003
The War of the Ring: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Three Hardcover 634562 $47.94 $11.99 1990
The War of the Ring: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Three (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 8) Paperback 35775 $7.75 $2.94
The War Of The Ring - 1st Edition/1st Printing Hardcover 4941337 $35.71
The Lord of the Rings Deluxe Edition Paperback 27931 $16.86 $12.73 2013
Unfinished Tales (Deluxe Slipcase Edition) Hardcover 256345 $56.22 $57.12 2013
Lord of the Rings Two Towers Hardcover 2519304 $23.96
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Hardcover 1592944 $31.35 $14.74 2005
The Lord of the Rings trilogy boxed set: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King Paperback 912159 $16.01
The "Lord of the Rings" Official Movie Guide Hardcover 5655848 $19.98 $0.01 2001
The Fellowship of the Ring: Lord of the Rings, Book 1 Audible Audiobook 831 $33.68 2021
The Return of the King: Lord of the Rings, Book 3 Audible Audiobook 1579 $30.62 2021
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set Paperback 3492913 $38.75 $38.45 2020
The Silmarillion (Pre-Lord of the Rings) Mass Market Paperback 5450 $4.61 $0.01 1985
The Silmarillion Kindle Edition 3892 $7.31 2012
The Silmarillion Hardcover 8465 $12.14 $6.64 1985
The Silmarillion Audio CD 38578 $33.30 $31.25 1998
The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide Hardcover 680950 $6.95 $0.01 2001
Children of Hurin, The: Complete & Unabridged Hardcover 493340 $71.61 2007
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) Paperback 1810142 $5.79 $0.01 1983
The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings, 1) Audio CD 442576 $49.99 2021
The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition) DVD 228366 $45.99 $13.98 2003
The Hobbit Audible Audio Edition 1 $23.95 2012
The Two Towers Mass Market Paperback 512984 $56.40 $0.01 1973
The Return of the King Paperback 641502 $2.99 $0.01
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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) Hardcover 501912 $19.97 $3.65 2002
The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings (Lord of the Rings, Part I) Hardcover 13216 $11.71 $1.98 1988
BOX SET "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy": The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Mass Market Paperback 1966105 $42.99
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised) Audible Audio Edition 9732 $9.95 2007
Lord of the Rings Hardcover 2810208 $219.52 $26.15 1991
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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Paperback 150615 $26.86 $3.76 1999
The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings) Audio CD 1522554 $4.48 $0.34 2002
Two Towers (Lord of the Rings) Hardcover 378413 $11.16 $11.10 1986
The Two Towers Mass Market Paperback 2402254 $3.00 $0.01 1976
The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings (1) Paperback 4551 $6.09 $2.05 2012
The Fellowship of the Ring (Book 1) [Unabridged, Audiobook] Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition Audio CD 924378 $38.34 $18.39
The Lord of the Rings Paperback 2133370 $9.98 $0.01 1995
Sauron Defeated (History of Middle-Earth) Paperback 269728 $10.48 $10.11 1995
Sauron Defeated Hardcover 5392422 $83.10
Hobbit, The (Lord of the Rings) Audio CD 265145 $29.48 $28.90 2020
The Lord of the Rings Hardcover 673056 $94.99 $46.27 2004
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) Audio CD 2190465 $25.99 2021
The Lord of the Rings: The Trilogy: The Complete Collection Of The Classic BBC Radio Production (BBC Radio Collection) Audio CD 386945 $71.30 $62.08 2002
Lord Of The Rings. Three Volume Boxed Set comprising The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return Of The King Mass Market Paperback 5288190 $79.99
The Lord of the Rings (Millennium Edition) Hardcover 1509474 $268.92 $100.00 1999
The Lord of the Rings Hardcover 154241 $57.98 $38.79
The Lord of the Rings Complete Gift Set: 50th Anniversary Audio CD 1738215 $517.80 2005
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Mass Market Paperback 8504866 $11.25
The Lord of the Rings Paperback 578298 $15.95 $0.01 1999
The History of the Lord of the Rings Paperback 253429 $25.97 $16.49 2000
The Hobbit And The Lord Of The Rings (4 Volume Boxed Set) Mass Market Paperback 3176220 $85.00 $8.99
Unfinished Tales Paperback 739908 $9.41 $0.54 1998
3: El Senor De Los Anillos / the Lord of the Rings: El Retorno Del Rey (Lord of the Rings in Spanish) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 17118936 $44.42 2002
The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again Hardcover 142653 $84.45 $9.06 1984
The Fellowship of the Ring Mass Market Paperback 3383234 $0.42
The Lord of the Rings (The Two Towers) (Pt.2) Audio CD 2844575 $25.15 $42.61 2002
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part Two) Paperback 171337 $2.68 $0.01
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2) 2nd (second) edition Text Only Hardcover 2007094 $19.76 $6.38
The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings (1) Paperback 706254 $46.00 $1.13 2005
The Hobbit: The Lord Of The Rings Paperback 6358383 $49.91 $63.68 2010
Hobbit & Lord of the Rings (4 Volume Set) Paperback 706239 $48.00 1975
The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings Complete Gift Set Audio CD 3895712 $110.81 $103.35 2012
The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings Paperback 23116 $9.49 $2.00 2012
El Señor de los Anillos 1 (Movie Ed): La Comunidad del Anillo (El Senor De Los Anillos / the Lord of the Rings) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 664961 $11.02 $9.71 2012
The Hobbit (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Lord of the Rings) School & Library Binding 1526899 $17.69 $9.43 1981
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The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Audible Audiobook 196 $29.95 2012
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Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Box Set Mass Market Paperback 3832485 $44.95
Fellowship of the Ring Mass Market Paperback 1768551 $201.54 $0.01 1991
The Lord of the Rings Hardcover 302305 $36.41 $25.49 1988
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Audio CD 2021403 $97.00 $26.77 2002
Fellowship of the Ring Mass Market Paperback 2168312 $24.51 $0.01 1977
The Complete Lord of the Rings Trilogy Audio CD 956522 $14.98 $10.79 2010
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Audible Audio Edition 110 $28.95 2012
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The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings Kindle Edition 4358 $7.69 2012
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The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization) Audio CD 156498 $60.99 $11.99 1999
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