The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Grandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
The complete story in 1137 pages, plus maps.
My favorite books. They are unique, inspiring, engrossing, uplifting, filled with adventure and courage and imagination and if i were on a desert island and could only have one book this is the book i would choose. whenever i finish it i want to immediately start reading that first page again. I've read it aloud once or twice and read it probably 18 times over the years. these books turned my brother from a non-reader, into a reader. And Tolkien's name is pronounced "tahl' keen" - information given to our college class by our professor who was Tolkien's personal secretary while he was working on the Silmarilion(sp?).
i have been reading LOTR since early 1970's ... [that makes me old , darn it !] .. in the last few years , i have read this set , and the hobbit , at least once a year . one of my favorite books . yes it can be tedious in places , but i think that is not a bad mark on the books , but rather .. on the current society . we have gotten so used to instant , fast gratification , that anything that takes a little longer is frowned upon . the language and writing is excellent . there is no foul language or other questionable content . just a really REALLY good story .
I just watched the movies for the first time, and just had to get the books! As is the general rule, the books are always better than the movie. However, as much as I loved the books, I could not read them all the way through, mainly because I had just watched the movies and knew too much.
Tolkien was a wonderful writer, and as you read you almost forget that Middle-Earth was created out of his imagination.
The books ARE a slow read, even for a speedy reader such as myself. Some parts, I admit, I skimmed over bacause they were detailing (with a little too much detail) the history of Middle Earth.
Overall, these books are wonderful, and should be at least skimmed through by fans of the movies. You'll appreciate the work they put into the movies even more.