A Reader posted a review at 2010-07-29 10:20:41.
I read this as a teenager in high school. Since this was in the '70s, there was so much more excitement around the books and the author (who was still alive and suing people who had published it without his approval).
It was a monumental undertaking, in spite of the fact that I was always a fan of thick books. My mom had given me an import version (for birthday or Christmas I can't remember) and it was a single volume trade-size paperback. Which was regrettable beaten to pieces by the time I finished hauling around.
I was one of those who never really melded with the Hobbits. I was amused to discover later that they were grafted on at his publisher's insistence. Tolkein had considered these to be adult books and the hobbits were for children. In the end, I have to say that I can't imagine this story without Frodo and Sam, so score one for the Publishers.
This is an ambitious project for any age reader, but those who are willing to take the whole in bite-sized chunks will be rewarded with a wonderful tale.