The Lord of the Rings J. Tolkien 1955/1956 5,4,2 Set with Dustjackets. The Lord of the Rings.
Published by: George Allen and Unwin Ltd. Printed in: 1956, 1956, 1955. · Complete three volume set. · Comes with Dust Jackets. These book are in good condition.The Fellowship of the Ring has a signature in the front. There are no signatures, bookplates, or markings of any other kind. These books were all printed in 1955 and 1956, with The Fellowship of the Ring being an fifth impression printed in 1956, The Two Towers being a fourth impression printed in 1956, and The Return of the King being an second impression printed in 1956. The gilt lettering to the spines is somewhat dulled.
There is some foxing to the endpapers, but the rest of the pages in the books are clean and free of any foxing. All three books have their original maps in the rear.
All three of the books have Dustjackets. The jackets are from other printings : The Fellowship of the Ring is from a 12th printing, it is in good condition with some wear to its edges. The Two Towers is from a 3rd impression, it is in good condition with a chip to one corner.
The Return of the King is from an 8th impression. It is in fair condition, it is missing the bottom part of its spine. A rare set of Tolkien's classic work. The Lord of the Rings is a high fantasy epic written by Oxford professor J.
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. The story takes place in the context of historical events in North-West Middle-earth.Long before the start of the novel the Dark Lord Sauron forged the One Ring in the year 1600 of the Second Age to gain power over other rings held by the leaders of Men, Elves and Dwarves. He is defeated in battle in the year of 3441 of the Second Age, and Isildur cuts off his Ring and claims it as an heirloom for his line. Isildur is later killed by Orcs, and the Ring is lost in the river Anduin. Over two thousand years later, the Ring comes into the hands of the hobbit Déagol, who is then strangled to death by his friend Sméagol, who takes the ring, is banished from his community and hides under the mountains, where the Ring transforms him over the course of hundreds of years into a twisted, corrupted creature called Gollum.
Eventually he loses the Ring, which, as recounted in The Hobbit, is found by Bilbo Baggins. Meanwhile Sauron takes a new physical form and reoccupies Mordor, his old realm.
Gollum sets out in search of the Ring, but is captured by Sauron, who learns that Bilbo Baggins has the Ring. Gollum is set loose, and Sauron, who needs the Ring to regain his full power, sends forth the Ringwraiths, his dark, fearsome servants, to seize it. Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature there from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C. Lewis-they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings.Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972. While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (which hasn't been out of print since the paper shortages of the Second World War) led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre. This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the "father" of modern fantasy literature-or, more precisely, of high fantasy.
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