I'm sure many of you have read the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien, I unfortunately have not taken the time to sit down and read them yet. I saw the movies while in High School and felt satisfied enough by them, so that I didn't feel reading the books was necessary. However, over the last few days I watched the extended versions of the films and find myself incredibly captivated by the story once again. I'd like to finally read the story for added detail to this fantastic story.
The reason I'm posting is because I found that there are many different versions of the book to choose from. I'm not sure which version to go with. There is the elegant 50th Anniversary Edition
, the version illustrated by Alan Lee
and of course there are many cheaper, soft-cover versions
Does anyone have any recommendations? Is the content good enough so that I shouldn't be worried with packaging and should just go with the most price-sensitive option?
Also, I read The Hobbit while in middle school and greatly enjoyed it. So I'm already fairly familiar with Tolkien's writing style (even if The Hobbit was written differently than The Lord of the Rings) and I'm quite sure I'll enjoy the books.