Dustwrapper - grey wove paper.
The Lord of the
Rings is not a book to be described in a few sentences. It is an heroic romance - 'something
which has scarsely been attempted on this scale since Spenser's Faerie Queene, so one can't praise the book by comparisons - there is nothing to compare it with. What can I say
then?' continues RICHARD HUGHES, 'for width of imagination
it almost beggars parallel, and it is nearly as remarkable for its vividness and for the narrative skill which carries the reader
on, enthalled, for page after page.'
By an extraordinary feat of the imagination Mr. Tolkien has created,
and maintains in every detail, a new mythology in an invented world. As for the story itself, 'it's really super science
fiction', declared NAOMI MITCHISON after reading the first part, The Fellowship of the
Ring, 'but it is timeless and will go on and on. It's odd you know. One takes it
completely seriously: as seriously as Malory'.
C.S. LEWIS is equally enthusiastic. 'If Ariosto
rivialled it in invention (in fact he does not) he would still lack its heroic seriousness. No imaginary world has been
projected which is at once as multifarious and so true to its own inner laws; none so seemingly objective, so disinfected from the
taint of an author's merely individual psychology; none so relevant to the actual human situation yet so free from allegory.
And what fine shading there is in the variations of style to meet the almost endless diversity of scenes and characters - comic,
homely, epic, monstrous, or diabolic.'
Spenser, Malory, Ariosto or Science Fiction? A flavour of all
of them and a taste of its own. Only those who have read The Lord of the Rings will realise how impossible it is to convey all
the qualities of a great book.