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Saturday, 13 October 2012

The Lord Of The Rings – The Fellowship Of The Ring (Part 1) – JRR Tolkien [Unabridged]

The Dark Lord Sauron forges the Ruling Ring of Power in Mordor. In battle it is cut off by Isildur, who claims it, but he is later killed by Orcs, and the Ring falls into the Great River. Gollum murderously obtains the Ring while fishing and keeps it for a very long time before losing it, when it is found by Bilbo Baggins. Unaware of its origins, Frodo Baggins inherits the ring from Bilbo. Gollum eventually wanders into Mordor while looking for the Ring and is captured and interrogated by Sauron’s minions, who send the Ringwraiths to find the Ring.

Gandalf learns some of this history and advises Frodo to take the Ring away. Frodo takes his loyal gardener, Samwise “Sam” Gamgee, and two cousins, Merry and Pippin, to help him. On their dangerous journey, they run into many difficulties and are pursued by the Ringwraiths. Various characters give aid along the way, including a disguised Aragorn, Isildur’s heir and rightful king of Gondor. At Weathertop, Frodo is wounded by the Ringwraiths, but eventually the company defeat them at the Ford of Bruinen, aided by Elrond, master of Rivendell, and the noble elf Glorfindel.

Frodo recovers under the care of Elrond. The Council of Elrond reveals much significant information about Sauron and the Ring, including the escape of Gollum from Mirkwood, the disappearance of Balin the dwarf in Moria, and the corruption of Saruman. The council decides that the only course of action is to destroy the Ring in Mordor. Frodo volunteers to take the Ring, and a “Fellowship of the Ring” is chosen to accompany him.

The company is forced to travel through the Mines of Moria, where they are attacked by Orcs. Gandalf fights a Balrog and falls into a deep chasm. The others escape and take refuge in Lothlórien. With boats and gifts from the Lady Galadriel, the company then travel down the great River Anduin to the Amon Hen. There, Boromir, heir to the current rulers of Gondor, attempts to take the ring from Frodo, who then breaks from the Fellowship and continues the trek to Mordor accompanied only by Sam.

A reissue for the 50th Anniversary of the classic complete and unabridged 46 CD gift set, complete with new slipcase artwork. The ultimate Tolkien audio experience. This completely unabridged version of Lord of the Rings is brought vividly to life through an assured performance by Rob Inglis. The packaging has been changed to match the 50th anniversary livery of the books.

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