The Lord of the RingsAuthor: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: Mariner Books
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.
When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.
The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
Publication Date: 2012-08-14
Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.8 inches
J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Tolkien was a very devout Roman Catholic and is credited with influencing C.S. Lewis's conversion from atheism to Christianity, although Tolkien was disappointed that C.S. Lewis had joined the Church of England rather than Roman Catholicism. Tolkien was quite dismayed by some of the liturgical reforms and changes implemented after the Second Vatican Council, so much so that he would continue to make all his responses loudly in Latin while the rest of the congregation would respond in English.