The Fellowship of the Ring

Version: Unabridged
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrator: Rob Inglis
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: January 2000
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 20 hours, 30 minutes
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Inspired by The Hobbit, and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that Tolkien created to provide "the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues." From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between powers of good and evil.
In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien's great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe-hobbits, elves, and wizards-step colorfully forth from the pages. Rob Inglis' narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

Reviews (35)

Written by Kiona V. on December 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Captivating story that will be relevant for generations to come. It never gets old no matter how many time it is read. The narrator is a perfect fit for this series. His voice is soothing and he reads very smoothly. A pleasant experience.

Written by Brandon Wickersham on August 21st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book, great narration. love this book

Written by Kyle H. on December 18th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My favorite fictional book. Narrator was great.

Written by Edward S. on September 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this story

Written by Joshua S. on September 18th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Always a fascinating read, the narrator has a great talking and singing voice! Truly a prominent tale in the history of fantasy.

Written by Jeff L. on July 15th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it all over again

Written by Emily M. on June 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Narrator does an amazing job!! (Though I could do without the singing) This series, is the series I listen to most often while falling asleep... he has a calming voice until he sings lol!! But all in all very well done! One of my fave series’ on movie form and audiobook form! (Could never get into the books myself but having them read to me is PERFECT)

The Movie is Better

Written by Ben P on March 29th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This was pretty awful. I realize it is a classic piece of literature. However, after seeing the movie, this is written in a way that\'s more like Wizard of Oz. All of the characters are watered down and childlike. It\'s more like a complicated children\'s book then than epic sweeping fantasy. The narrator singing was probably the worst part.

The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Written by Michael B on February 18th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I have to agree with the other posters. There are too many songs and they\'re too long. Happily, they can be skipped. Also, it feels as if the author is reading to his kid.

Written by Monica A on September 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful! Rob Inglis captures the beauty of the narrative of this classic work of fiction.

Author Details

Author Details

Tolkien, J.R.R.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shined in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called 'The Book of Lost Tales' but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.