The lord of the rings books are one the best series of fantasy books!
They ensure that one who is a fan of books of this genre or similar indulge in the story, which is very well written and published!
All three books are fantastic reads, though for some people they seem to be quite advanced and hard to read at the same time, not to mention that in the books Tolkien commonly has a number of paragraphs describing certain scenes etc, before actually getting the narrative in!!
If you enjoy books which are of fantasy or are interested I would highly recommend it!
It has its ups and downs, but overall a great read!
PS I would recommend the hobbit before the lord of the rings, as it certianly gets one into the series plus the fact its easier to read, but at the same time maintains its status as a book with similar Repatoire to LOTR!
Though admittingly I have never read the series, the basic story is about some silly ring that must be thrown into this volcano, if you don't then evil will 'strike the hearts of men....yadda yadda yadda'. Two little hobbits walk there with many 'adventures' on the way.
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Really good book, although very long! Make sure you don't give up on it too soon if its slow to get going.
If your not into EPIC reads download the audiobook?
Trust me, it's got to be read. The Return of the King is one of the most engrossing things I've ever read. The last part of the book, that isn't in the film (people who've read it will know what I mean), is just downright awesome.
Stick it out until you get about 1/2 way through the first one, then it gets progressively better.
I wasn't a fan of LOTR. The first one was the best of them, I found the second quite boring. I'm not into fantasy books though, so if you are you will probably like it more than I did.
I read them when I was fifteen or so and have to say that I loved the story and the writing is really great but it gets really boring when there are pages after pages of descriptions. Especially in the second book. The only thing about LotR is that it's written in the style of an epic so the language is sometimes a bit hard and the style is "heavy" (this isn't very technical but I can't find another word to describe it).
If you persevere however I think you will enjoy it.
It takes about 8 chapters to get into, Tolkien loves dance dance around the obvious, the songs, the fact that there are long periods in which nothing happens.