Fellowship of the Rings

Version: Unabridged
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrator: Rob Inglis
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: July 2001
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

The first volume of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, revised and with a new foreword and an index by Professor Tolkien. The trilogy recounts the War of the Ring, in which the Third Age of Middle-earth came. This volume opens with the discovery of the Nature of the Ring. "Destined to outlast our time." -- New York Herald Tribune

Reviews (5)

Outstanding

Written by Anonymous on August 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The narrator for this book was excellent and I really enjoyed every minute of it. I have read all Tolkien's books before but it was really fun to listen to them again.

Loved it

Written by Anonymous from Monroe, OR on May 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great narration, allways a good book. Can't wait to get two towers in the mail.

Excellent

Written by Jean on May 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The narrator does an excellent job reading this wonderful story. Middle Earth comes to life with all of its wonderful characters. If you're looking for a bit of an escape, this is it!

lord of the rings

Written by Mario Thibert on January 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

it is great! it is so convineient to read. you can just listen any time any where you want!

The Fellowship of the Ring

Written by Anonymous on September 10th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful to listen to the performance of this well-known and loved story.

Author Details

Author Details

Tolkien, J.R.R.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shined in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called 'The Book of Lost Tales' but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.