The Authorized Edition of "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien is a three-book paperback set measuring 7" x 4" and 527/447/544 pages respectively, published by Ballantine Books, with Houghton Mifflin Company, first published in 1965, this copy is the third printing of August, 1966. The books have minor creases to the spine and some minor foxing and tiny ink markings to the top edge of book two but the books are in good condition considering the age. The box containing the books is time-worn, with foxing and stains. This is a reader's set.
J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy "The Lord of the Rings" has passed from the discovery of a small cult to become one of the treasured and most widely read novels of an entire generation.
The Fellowship of the Ring--first of the three books that comprise the complete story--tells of the fateful power of the One Ring, and begins the magnificent tale of war and adventure which is continued in The Two Towers and reaches its mighty climax in The Return of the King.
The Return of the King, which brings to a close the great epic of war and adventure begun in The Fellowship of the Ring and continued in The Two Towers, is the third and final part of J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece. In these three books, which form one continuous narrative, Tolkien created the saga of the Hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings.