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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1: The Ring Sets Out | [J.R.R. Tolkien]

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1: The Ring Sets Out

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
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Publisher's Summary

Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power, the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring, the ring that rules them all, which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Nearly 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collector's editions become prized and valuable items of publishing. Now it is available for the first time on digital download, complete and unabridged.

This is the first book of The Fellowship of the Ring.

Don't miss the rest of Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.

©1954, 1966 The Trustees of the J.R.R. Tolkien 1967 Settlement; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK

What the Critics Say

"An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent." (The Observer)
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." (Sunday Telegraph)

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    D Blakemore 10-02-14
    D Blakemore 10-02-14
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    "Excellent narration"
    Would you listen to The Lord of the Rings again? Why?

    I have loved The Lord of the Rings since I first read it in the 70s and have read it many times since. This narration by Rob Inglis really brings it to life and I have noticed things in the description of the story that I haven't noticed before in my own readings.


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    Sivitrii 09-01-14
    Sivitrii 09-01-14 Member Since 2009
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    "First stage in an epic journey and story"
    What did you love best about The Lord of the Rings?

    The comprehensive world created by JRR Tolkien


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gandalf's humour, especially in relation to hobbits.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The songs, they left me completely cold when I first (and second, and third) read this. He gave life to the songs and the snippets of other languages, really bringing the world into focus.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't help but smile at much of Sam's character, what he says, how he thinks, what he does. I was also surprised at several points, not having read the book for so long that things like the hobbit's knowledge of the ring took me by surprise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm 07-08-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "The Ring sets out."
    What made the experience of listening to The Lord of the Rings the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable part of listening to this book is Rob Ingliss' excellent narration and character performances. He should not have sung the songs though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings?

    When the Hobbits meet Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. This is a wonderfully moment filled with J.R.R. Tolkien 's humour and Bombadil' s merry laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    Just this, The Lord of the Rings is just one of the greatest stories ever told. Rob Ingliss' performance was excellent although it may not do Tolkien 's masterpiece justice. Then again who could have? Still an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 05-21-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 05-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bombadil"

    My loset character that is sorrily missed and I am aware that he is not that importent, but he was so different then all the other characters. I love the book and the reader is pleasant to listen to he sings the songs and he is steady in his Quenia.

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    Von-Mari Cape Town, South Africa 01-30-13
    Von-Mari Cape Town, South Africa 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic"
    What did you love best about The Lord of the Rings?

    The story


    What other book might you compare The Lord of the Rings to and why?

    The Hobbit


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    His voice


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There are movies of these books and it is wonderful to read it and compare it to the movies


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Childers, Australia 05-29-12
    Ellen Childers, Australia 05-29-12
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    "Lord of the rings"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings to be better than the print version?

    I think the Audio is just as good.
    My eye sight has detiorated and have found audio books are good
    for that reason.
    I still love to read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I mlike the hobbits,
    Being Little folk who are peaceful
    makes the intrest in the story
    also I like Aragon he is good as a king humble yet
    commanding when needed


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    Amara Durham, NC, United States 04-02-12
    Amara Durham, NC, United States 04-02-12
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    "Americans: Don't Buy!"
    Any additional comments?

    You can't download the rest of the books if you live in the U.S., beware. All Americans who have downloaded this are stuck with only half a book.

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    Phil 12-03-05
    Phil 12-03-05
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    "Can't get it here!"

    Evidently can't get it in Colorado, therefore hard to rate!

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
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  • Aisha
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    12/11/12
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    "Incredible!"

    I love this audio book and all the other Lord of the Rings books read by Rob Inglis.

    He has a calming and clear voice that really brings the songs of Tolkien to life. I have listened to it over and over again, a fantastic distraction during a boring night shift!

    Thank you Mr Inglis!



    Aisha.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly Rickard
    england, derby
    12/8/14
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    "Really 2 credits for one book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

    No because I can buy the book for one price but have to use 2 credits for this one title


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aragorn


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Really good


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I love this book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • patrick
    11/23/14
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    "A strange tale, either good or bad"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    To say the least, I enjoy parts of this volume - Some elements of world building such as the shire's culture and people was interesting and the initial plot at the beginning of the novel keeps a steady pace but later on it comes to a crawl and by the end, I lost interest in what was going on.The worst parts must have been the songs which were just unappealing but if I was to dare cut anything out of the supposed 'Grand father of fantasy' it would of easily been Tom Bombadil - a character who killed all sense of urgency within the narrative.


    What will your next listen be?

    I might get around to the second part of this tale, but not anytime soon.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favourite?

    I enjoy them all equally as the narration was all-around excellent and if this was done under the wrong narration voice, I would of been bored into the oblivion.


    Did The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 inspire you to do anything?

    I have always considered writing a novel myself and by reading this, I've picked up on the mistakes on what to avoid when writing such a tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I would say I was disappointed but I do see the appeal, for every piece and chapter I found poor - I found other parts of this fantasy world that took great interest of mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    9/27/14
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    "Really does it justice!"
    What did you like most about The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1?

    The songs! The songs! 'O, Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadil-o!'


    Any additional comments?

    This is a masterful rendition of a true classic. Also, there is a very interesting introduction - if you're into that sort of thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    York, United Kingdom
    9/10/14
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    "Oh no! NOT another song..."
    Would you listen to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 again? Why?

    Yes, it is one of my all-time favourites. I had read the book, the full 3 volumes of the actual book, more than 20 times before leaving home to go to music college: I kept count. I'm 55 now and have read it a few more times in the intervening years. The audio-book version is a real godsend now that my eyes are starting to struggle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1?

    I remember virtually all of it, so I can't answer this question.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    In my opinion as a musician... He should NEVER, NEVER have been asked to 'SING'. I found his singing utterly unlistenable, excruciating, even embarrassing and everywhere they occurred completely ruinous of the otherwise excellent reading. If only he had just read the songs as poems, which is what ALL actual readers have to do, all would have been well. Tolkien's lyrics are, in any case, the weakest part of his work. Moreover, music defines and describes an emotional landscape more precisely than words alone, essentially forcing one particular and narrow context. So in this reading, everyone, even the elves, seem to be from Cecil Sharp's and Vaughan Williams' South/West Country. WHAT A DISASTER! All the songs should be re-recorded with him simply reading the poems. If that were done, the reading would be really excellent: and I mean REALLY excellent.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes actually, there are several places, particularly near the end that make me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    This apples, I am VERY sorry to say, to all three books. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.This review is my opinion, so no 'hate' responses please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SarahLJ
    UK
    1/9/14
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    "Good"

    I watched the movies at the cinema when they came out, but never read the book. I wanted to read the book to see the differences and decided that the audible audiobook copy would be a great way to do that. I'm glad that I did. The narrator was good and the story was interesting. It was a good listen and one that I would recommend and wouldn't hesitate to listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    morecambe, United Kingdom
    9/1/13
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    "Wicked writing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

    The way Rob Inglis changed the accents for the characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action and the pursuit p


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Weather top


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliantly written and read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Again great part of the series"

    Couldn't find the time to read the series & I decided to listen while running. Initially it feels slightly dated however I found myself griped after a while & found myself running more just to hear the stories through. Even the singing parts were ok albeit didn't add much to the story. I'd say if you like fantasy at all you have to read tolkeins work, or like me listen if you don't have the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aniko
    READING, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Review"

    Very good audiobook, easy to understand and enjoyable to listen to. Recommended for all Tolkien fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jakob
    Mount Barker, Australia
    4/13/13
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    "Timeless classic"

    Marvelously done, perfect voice for the story and brings to life everything I loved about the books the first time I read them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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