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Black Arrow
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Personnaly, I rate LotR as a 11 out of 10 star book. Although it is slow in some parts, I find I can't put it down! Man, it would take a lot of imagination in order to write a book like this! Tell me if you feel the same way about this book. If you ask me, it's more than a book!

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It's the book of the century. Not only LOTR, but LOTR in connection with all the other books: SILM, Unfinished Tales, etc. []
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Merewyn
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Well, I never really liked fantasy, and when we were read The Hobbit as a class when we were about 8, no-one was really that interested. But when I heard LOTR was going to be a film, I thought I'd read the books before seeing the film, so I did- and they were so much better than I'd thought! Now I would certainly say that they are the best books I've ever read, and I'm about a quarter of the way through the Silmarillion at the moment!
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it is AMAZING. there are only about three books (if that) i can think of with such power and pathos. no story has ever gripped me as it has. ever.
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10 out of 10. It is indeed a spectacular book. Other awesome ones: Count of Monte Cristo. Tale of Two Cities. Till We Have Faces. The Bible

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"The Lord of the Rings" is a fantastic book, but I don't think that it is the book of the century. I can't say if it is the "best" book I have ever read, because "best" can have many meanings. It certainly isn't the most enjoyable book I have ever read, it is the best fantasy novel I have ever read, but then again I haven't read that much fantasy. Certainly the most creative and widely ranged, so I guess it is one of the "best" books I have ever read, but I can't say that it is THE "best".
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Lotr is definetly a 10 out of 10. It takes the cake as far as I am concerned. I liked Issac Asimov's Foundation book almost as much and stephen king (in my opinion) can also write great. But Tolkien will always be my favorite because he can actually make me laugh out loud, and cry (when thorin died). So thats my two cents. Good thread by the way.
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While Lord of the Rings is a great book, I don't know exactly how I would rate it.

There are so many wonderful books that I hate doing book ratings, because I usually leave something out. It's definately in my upper level of books, though, along with (in no particular order) Les Misérables, Catch-22, The Jungle, Pride and Prejudice, Slaughterhouse Five, A Farewell to Arms, The Mists of Avalon, On The Beach, The Postman, The Ender's Game series and The Táin.

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Estel Elessar
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Ten out of ten!

The perfect fantasy book!

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No other book that I have read has as much fictional history as LOTR. It is THE best fictional book written. The Bible is in different class, being that it is NOT fiction.

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18 out of 6

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Mandin, I would consider the Bible 62 books.
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Anduril, I do see your point, but I consider it one book.

Incidentally, Lord of the Rings is a perfect 10. I never skip any parts, and am not bored by ANY part of the story. I find that, with every new reading, I enjoy the parts that are slow more and more. I love it, and haven't put it down for over a year, while reading it my 4th time now.

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Elaron of the Wild
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Definetely a ten, there are few books that i have read that are so indepth that every time you read it you discover at least one new thing.
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Hey I really love lotr too, not the best book, but certainly one of the best. I didn't consider it the best simply because of the one part that made me put the book down for like two months. The destruction of the Ring. Tolkein could spend 5 pages describing a tree and it's origins, but less than a page for the actual moment of destruction of his titlehead. Everything else was great though.
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I would give it an 11 out of 10. My brother doesn't like how Tolkien writes, and I have to admit his style isn't the best, but the story itself is a legend.

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It's good - but there are many better books.

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It has a nice beat and you can dance to it -- I give it a 90.
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It's real good, but not perfect nor the best. And if you think what SSA or I have said is contraversial, just check out what Michael Moorcock says of Tolkien et al in "Wizardry & Wild Romance: A study of epic fantasy". []

If you're interested in the genre of fantasy, in its modern or classical Romantic form, then Michael's study is a very interesting and thought provoking one. Or maybe, just a provocative one... []

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It's a great read, and definitely one of my favourite books. But, I don't think either that it's the best book ever written, there are many other books that are quite as good or even better.
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Being that the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were the first multi-book series I ever read, and would remain so until I read the Black Company series, I'd give it a 9 out of 10.
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The Lord of the Rings ranks among my top-ten faves for fiction, but there are others that I personally value more. I love LOTR and I try (seldom successfully [] ) to read it every winter. Where Tolkien's prose and 'overt Hobbitness' tend to distract me at best, annoy me at worst, overall the sheer scope of his imaginary world with RL applications (good/evil, friendship, love, power, hope, etc.) makes it one helluva story. I do prefer The Silmarillion if nothing for the fact that I relish his concepts of the Elves, and am not too terribly interested in Hobbits...
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great book, but I still prefer The Silmarillion which is my favorite book of ALL time.
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Eowyn19
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I adore LOTR.
My father gave me the book whan I was 14, and since then I read it every year, at least once.
It is so special to me, that I can't fully express my feelings with words.
I simply love its magic.

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