In Lord of the Rings, the inhabitants of Middle Earth join to save themselves from enslavement by the malevolent Sauron. Centuries before, Sauron forged a Ring, putting much of his power into it, to control through a series of lesser rings, men, dwarves, and elves. Some men fell into his power, but an alliance of men and elves defeated him, and the Ring was cut from his hand. It should have been destroyed, but a human prince, Isildur, took it. Isildur was slain, and the Ring fell into a river. There, the hobbit-like Deagol eventually found it. His friend Sméagol killed Deagol for the Ring. From Sméagol it passed to Bilbo Baggins, who, innocent of its powers and dangers, takes it back to his home and eventually leaves it to his cousin heir……..
I am very pleased with this edition and would heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a single volume edition of The Lord of The Rings.
Tolkien’s combination of storytelling, fantasy, rural landscapes, and even the use of maps, leaves these fictional events and reality in such a blur, that one would think that they actually happened. Although he passed away in seventy-three, his tale (along with the others) will last forever and ever.