Special 50th anniversary edition of the literary phenomenon voted Book of the Century and the Nation's favourite Big Read. Includes revised and reset text and special features unique to this edition. One of the greatest works of imaginative fiction in the English language -- the acknowledged Book of the 20th Century The Lord of the Rings -- the biggest movie event of the 21st century Winner of the BBC's Big Read with 174,000 votes, almost 40,000 more than the runner-up Major DVD release of The Return of the King extended edition in December 2004 50th anniversary edition -- with unique extras, sumptuous slipcased binding and fully corrected, definitive 'must-have' text for fans The anniversary year will see Royal Mail issuing stamps of Tolkien's artwork; Royal Mint issuing commeorative LOTR coins, confirming Tolkien as a national treasure The Lord of the Rings West End musical in 2005 Competition: None.
Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 and The BBC Big Read Top 21 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
'Masterpiece? Oh yes, I've no doubt about that.' Evening Standard 'Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the 20th century.' Sunday Telegraph 'The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them' Sunday Times 'A story magnificently told, with every kind of colour and movement and greatness' New Statesman
J.R.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. His books have been translated into 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.