You can get the box-set right on amazon for a reasonable price.
Get nova launcher. From there you can long press the icons and click edit. You can change the icon. For this I am guessing he's using Mini icon pack!!
Edit: no idea what clock OP's using. I would recommend Timely but I'm just a guy on the Internet
It’s not an ash tray. It’s the collectible that was made for the extended edition dvd release by weta. It came in the collector’s edition set. It includes a “storage tray” and that’s covered in felt - absolutely not an ash tray by any stretch.
The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition Collector's Gift Set) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000634DCC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Jk.gCb0TCJSPA
They just took the felt out and sold it to you without it. Look at the details below
here’s the link for the collectible being unboxed
Well here he is destroying Germans for intolerance, so I think he wasn't racist. Then again, there was quite a bit of racism in his time period.
As far as in his literature, he does represent the different races through the different species in the book. However, we get to see the entire fellowship, specifically Legolas and Gimli, bond together and overcome these boundaries. So I would argue no, he was not a racist.
There are little nitpicky things, but there is one scene that I can't watch and not roll my eyes. When Treebeard collects Merry and Pippin, he does not know if they are Hobbits, or if this is Orc mischief. He claims that the white wizard will know. We don't get to see the Hobbits interact with the white wizard, but it is understood later (after the reveal) that this is Gandalf the White. We know this is the case because Gandalf later knows about their quest with detail and the Hobbits are not surprised to see Gandalf when they return from Helms Deep.
Later that day, Aragorn Gimli and Legolas approach Gandalf and call him Gandalf. Now here is where Gandalf has to pause and remember that is what his name was.
This makes sense if he's having this conversation with the Hobbits. But not here. It would also make sense if the Hobbits knew him by a different name, but that has not been established. Gandalf should have been reminded of his name the day before (or maybe earlier that day) and not been puzzled at the sound of it.
Here ya go dude!
Fun fact: Not only was the Ring destroyed on March 25, but the Fellowship left Rivendell on Dec. 25 (Christmas).
Here's a Usenet thread discussing this from a while back: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/alt.fan.tolkien/6rDPpkx-mvE/WnHWUGtWKrgJ
My memory at this point is that Tom Shippey explicitly discussed the Dec. 25 - Mar. 25 date range for the quest, but it's been a while since I read his books.
I wish I could but it was a gift a few years back - I just now got around to getting it framed!
Edit: /u/stupidpiscesguy has one and found an Amazon link for them if you'd like to purchase:
But the shipping it $10
There is a coffee table book that has the novel and is illustrated with screen grabs and concept art from the 77 film. It has fold out illustrations for Smaug's death, the Battle of Five Armies, etc, and dozens of full page ones, plus 100 or more small images alongside the text.
I had one when I was a kid and it was my first read of the story, kept it and reread it countless times for 15 years, then sent it to my nephew for his 10th birthday (and bought another for myself a year later... I missed flipping through it).
Apparently they were common in libraries in the early 80s. Both my original and second copy were late 80s ex-library copies.
Edit: Added Amazon link which includes some interior pictures.
And here is the 4 book set (with a slightly different version of The Hobbit book): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-hobbit-and-the-lord-of-the-rings-jrr-tolkien/1119268896?ean=9780544445789&st=PLA&sid=BNB_New+Core+Shopping+Textbooks&sourceId=PLAGoNA&dpid=tdtve346c&2sid=Google_c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp-796...
You can search "Lord of the Rings poster" on Amazon and find it as the second item. It's just over five dollars and free shipping: https://www.amazon.com/Studio-B-Lord-Rings-Poster/dp/B00ALU3K10/ref=sr_1_2_sspa
I have it and it's awesome.
I’m from the uk so if your need it from a different amazon store I just typed in lord of the rings artwork and it came up about 10-12 items down.
You can find them all at bookdepository.com, but they also have them on amazon and wordery etc. Once you have the ISBN# search around for the best deals :)
Obviously, the game doesn't resemble a lot to the world of Tolkien, maybe just the outlines. Still, I actually liked playing around in the first game, Shadow of Mordor.
If you're seeking a more lore-friendly game, I'd strongly recommend you to play the Lord of the Rings Online.
Yeah, it is real! These "American Voices" features are almost always based on something real. It's just the reactions that are fake.
One real source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/13/jrr-tolkien-the-fall-of-gondolin-to-be-published-in-august.html
... and it's already on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Gondolin-J-R-R-Tolkien/dp/1328613046 - release of August 30. You can even order now.
This one is great, but before we had the movies, one painting became my headcanon for this moment:
It was one of many excellent images in this book (which also introduced me to the work of John Howe and Alan Lee before their well-deserved rise to fame):
Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle-Earth https://www.amazon.com/dp/1567312489/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-a.eFb17XZC4K
The one I found has a different cover, but I assume it’s the same. If anyone knows, let me know! :)
Links to Amazon
> Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22nd, but of different years. Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.)
Based on the copyright info on this book on Amazon that uses this art, the artist is 'Joe Potter' -- can't find any other information.
I agree with the others; if you don't care about the development over time of the various narratives/names/languages, there's not going to be a whole lot for you as that development is kind of the whole point. The latter volumes have some materials that were not really worked in elsewhere, even if they aren't always strictly narratives. I might also suggest Volume III, at least in part and ignoring the commentary/notes Christopher included, to get a taste of the verse versions of the Turin and Beren stories (unfortunately, both are incomplete, but I enjoyed them a lot anyway).
I too have the movie covers and I was just about to post this question! I was thinking about this B&N version due to the nice suede(?) cover.. anyone have this version?
Not LoTR, but I have this edition of The Silmarillion. Gorgeous illustrations and a full color fold out map to boot. Just started reading it again.
It just seems like the UK publisher (Harper Collins) makes nicer editions than the US publisher (Houghton Mifflin) most of the time. You can also order books from http://amazon.co.uk or http://www.bookdepository.com/ they both ship to the US.
I just realized, when I read the title I read it as "this particular painting is well known", not that it's based on a well-known image. Oops.
Well, at some point soon she's going to have to make an online portfolio. If not deviantART, maybe the more professional-focused Behance.
There’s a copy of Tales from the Perilous Realm (available on Amazon here) that matches the other Alan Lee hardcovers. It also includes Roverandom and Smith of Wootton Major, that aren’t in The Tolkien Reader.
$159 on Amazon! Nice find!
Yup. I’ve always avoided those covers as well. Hopefully book covers don’t end up looking like the infamous and often parodied Batman game covers.
I agree that this is the best version. Unfortunately, Phil was forced to take his recordings down. They can be found here on Mediafire: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/cjjdiknzeieol,6jmo2c5q9vbll,jdmyib22aeqpm/shared
It doesn't really surprise me. It's a quickly identifiable piece of art from Tolkien's work, so fans wanting to show their personal association with his work could use it and count on others recognizing it.
There's a poem that goes along with it, so that's easy to remember the translation, even if most people don't really think through the implications of the literal words.
It's beautiful. Tengwar is a pretty writing system to begin with and the flowing form of it used in this instance is particularly so to my eye. Sure, the language used if you're willing to sound it out it as ugly as Tolkien could make it without "cheating" in its construction, but far fewer people learn to read Tengwar than I'd guess have made some sort of artwork involving the Ring Inscription.
As for the use of the Inscription on the covers, Tolkien himself designed one that incorporated it. There's a difference, I think, between looking at the text and having the words pass one's lips (either by speaking the words, which Gandalf did to great dramatic effect in Rivendell, or if Tolkien used that goblet to drink).
I had this same set, then had The Hobbit and Fellowship stolen when my car window was smashed and the backpack they were in was taken. Two years I sat frustratingly staring (not the entire time) at an incomplete box set. Just recently I simply had to right this wrong and picked up a new set of them, which has also inspired me to re-read all the way through again.
By the way, this pocket edition set is amazingly fair priced for its quality, look, and feel. And although they are pocket editions, they are extremely readable in my opinion. Highly recommended, $28 bucks on Amazon:
Thanks for the feedback it's greatly appreciated, I apologise about my errors in the script.
You may find this hard to believe but when I do mess up a take I redo it
I am looking to get a new microphone, I am a student so I have a very much restricted budget but I am saving and taking donations to be able to get a microphone, that is certainly something that will improve
If you have any interest in seeing my patreon page its right here https://www.patreon.com/dagoratv?ty=h
As an Employee at Barnes and Noble yes that is a good edition to get, they look nice and are good quality but if you don't need the hobbit this one is my favorite and only 30 dollars.
The eye has always been part of LOTR since it was first published. It's on the cover of the books.
So there are actually two new LOTR games coming.
The one from Athlon “will be set “during the years leading to the events of The Lord of the Rings”, and will allow players a “unique opportunity for fellowship and epic exploration.”
The other game is going to be based around Gollum, but has no real context behind what it is yet
Did a little digging. Here ya go! :)
I got these. Cheaper ultimately and its a nice collection. You can get them individually on Amazon, some are harder to find than others.
Definitly follow italia's advice, and refer to the sidebar reading suggestion. Read Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, CoH, and probably even Letters first, then dig in.
Also, they are referenced much more frequently on /r/tolkienfans because discussion can tend to get a littler deeper into the content over there.
Hardcover or Paperback. These are taken from seven volume sets are not originally intended for individual sale. I have a copy of both and the hardcover would definitely work better as a single volume. I can provide pictures if needed.
Last I knew it was silently approved by amazon, here's an older guide and some info (it's what I used to jailbreak mine way back when)
saw another user post it but here it is anyways. http://www.filedropper.com/11theringgoessouth
Also, heres how I did it incase you're interested, i took it from the OST.
The game gives a challenging start, I'll admit to that, died quite often at the start because I didn't know any tactics and neither is Talion(your character) strong to start out.
The orc captains introductions and threats get tedious at one point when you're fighting several foes and you chop at a captain who going to threaten you for a few seconds (only happens once per captain in the fight).
Haven't read the silmarillion but I know bits and pieces of the lore. It doesn't feel like they're breaking any lore.
Look for a cheap copy of it, on G2A it costs about 41$ for a digital key on steam (~270 NOK).
Well, the closest thing to a Bethesda-style LOTR RPG game is the mod for Mount & Blade Warband called ''The Last Days of the Third Age''.
You can explore lots of different locations from Middle Earth like Minas Tirith, Helm's Deep and Moria.
You will have to own the game first to be able to play the mod and I believe you can get it for cheap (like 5 bucks or so) via Steam.
I mean, even if you wanted some of the older editions you can get them off online. It's not like they're THAT expensive..
I recommend folks try out Lord of the Rings Online for this reason. You can visit Bree, the Shire, even see Bilbo's trolls. I had a hard time grasping the geography until I put on audiobook versions of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit and just roaming around in the game.
Apple fixed the "date change" method but you can still register your UDID on sites like builds.io and get it that way. Costs $10/year but given how much all those apps would be on the app store I think it's an alright investment.
I've rendered your name in Tengwar here, I think it looks quite nice. It's a little short, elven has a way of shortening words.
PS sorry for tinypic link, imgur is down for me :(
The term has several definitions which might apply to the phrases you mention.
Aragorn's elfstone might have a play of color or a brilliance to it.
The ent draught might have a sense of life, vivacity. Or if it's literally about the container itself, they might mean fired as in baked clay pottery.
Anduril ... the only thing I can think of is if the blade "caught fire". This refers to the effect of using a whetstone along the edge to sharpen the blade - which also has the effect of polishing the edge making it possible to reflect light (fire at this tech level).
I'm not sure, but those prices seem insane. I bought the Blu Ray Extended edition of all 3 for like $30 total, and it has, I think, the exact same content as the 2003 boxes (which I still have).
This is what I have, and the amazon page has a comparison of various box sets. Looks like it confirms that the Blu Ray has the same content
I've just looked at Amazon, the blu-ray is there for less than $75? The DVDs would be even cheaper and that's not even counting used
The one you linked to Amazon is not the same edition as the image you linked.
The image linked is ISBN: 9780618517657
It's a really nice edition.
The Amazon listing for it sets the publication date as 1997:
These are actually really interesting points though. Assuming this is pre-trilogy it would show how widely they cast the net for inspiration.
I'll check the actual box today in work...
I remember seeing this version on Amazon. Was considering getting it before deciding to get a split up version for more comfortable reading. It was a hard choice tho...looks beautiful.
And here’s a video of it in action!
I have the 50th Anniversary Edition. Here it is on Amazon. I love this edition. It’s a single volume, leather-bound, has a bookmark ribbon, includes removable maps, and has images of the Book of Mazarbul (the book the Fellowship finds in Moria). I believe this is the edition the other commenter mentioned, too.
FYI: the precious is made from Tungsten so it’s super heavy. Also stupidly cheap on Amazon. The Ring is about $17 and the necklace is about $12.
Edit: The Ring - $16.99
The Necklace - $11.99
I saw them in the US at Barnes and Noble a few weeks back. Here's the link from the web store, you may be able to find it there if you want to get it in person.
Amazon seems to have it for half the price though, if you can wait.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/0544445783/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Mlt.CbCTGB62D
you can sign up for a month's worth of a VPN service, which basically disguises your true IP and prevents other web platforms from knowing where your computer is really located, to prevent YouTube and other sites from geoblocking you. A month of NordVPN which I used last cost only $10-12 i think
I have this book set of all 3 lotr books.
$22 at Barnes and Noble, at least online: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lord-of-the-rings-deluxe-edition-jrr-tolkien/1115479497
I have it: it's lovely. Not real leather/suede, but a steal at the price.
Possibly, Tolkien was stridently opposed to Disney specificly adapting his work, as he was horrified by the cartoon treatment of dwarves (and fairy tale content generally) in Disney's films. http://www.openculture.com/2018/05/j-r-r-tolkien-expressed-a-heartfelt-loathing-for-walt-disney.html
Then again, the Peter Jackson films made strong and consistent attempts to be respectful of Tolkien's work. He took many liberties of course, there's no way to make a perfectly literal adaptation from book to film, and trying too hard makes for bad movies. But Jackson TRIED to strike a balance, and Christopher Tolkien (the author's son) was positive about the results.
I don't normally suggest the all-in-one volume versions, because they're cumbersome to read. But, I've quite enjoyed this one: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lord-of-the-rings-j-r-r-tolkien/1100188646?ean=9780618517657
For individual volumes, the one above is gorgeous, of course. I don't think they sell the copies I have any longer, though this one is quite solid, though certainly not archive quality: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-hobbit-and-the-lord-of-the-rings-j-r-r-tolkien/1000478022?ean=9780547928180
I quite like the Prancing Pony Podcast series on the Silmarillion: https://player.fm/series/the-prancing-pony-podcast-tolkien-and-middle-earth
The Silmarillion episodes are roughly episode 5 to 49 (with a few non-Silmarillion episodes scattered in there too).
The titles of episodes can be a bit opaque, and they can be a bit leisurely in their pace, but the episodes are well-researched and insightful. I'd recommend it.
I found it tough to get going with the Silmarillion until I listened to Martin Shaw's audiobook. I'd never realised how much more suited the book was to reading aloud than reading silently. It really brought the book to life for me.
For LotR I'd recommend Phil Dragash's audiobook. It's a wonderful fan creation, using music from the films and sound effects. An incredible solo project. It was on youtube but got taken down because of copyright claims on the music. But you can still download it here
Definitely the "soundscape" audiobooks done by Phil Dragash.
He does excellent voices and uses the relevant music from the films throughout the whole thing as well as sound effects.
It's a completely immersive experience and the amount of effort the guy put into them is phenomenal.
They got taken down from YouTube because they use the copyrighted music, but you can download or stream them free, chapter by chapter, from here.
This edition is my favorite. It's still in production, so if I ruin the binding, it's not like it isn't replaceable (who would bend the binding on a fancy first edition!?!?). It feels good in my hands, and looks great on the coffee table. Can't beat the price.
Edit: It feels somewhat like suade. Not sure what it really is, or maybe it's suade. But it's a decent book for a great price.
If you want a nice looking version of The Hobbit that your kids will probably love just watching you pull off the shelf: http://i.imgur.com/0v2EAQN.jpg
It has Tolkien's illustrations in it. Comes in a green leatherette slipcase similar to the book. It's got the gold runes on the side of the spine as well. Just a really nice looking book to read to your kids.
This is actually a pretty new edition. I bought the set at Barnes and Noble less than a year ago. I'd bet good money that they are still there :)
Link to the set
For those of us who do not live in the US, a free worldwide shipping copy is available here. I do most of my book shopping here.
Honestly, good luck finding the hobbit in that set. the ISBN is 0-261-10221-4 ... But when you search for it, you find this edition of it. Which you can tell, is not the book I have. I found it by complete accident in a thrift store for $1 AUD ... I can't begin to tell you how shocked I was to see it. I brought it right away. Then I went to a thrift store across the road, and managed to find the other Hobbit book you see on the left, it was 5 books for $2 . I picked up the hobbit and 4 Dan Brown books. All in perfect condition, no wear and tear damage from any of the books..there is now..but there wasn't when I brought them.
EDIT: After looking, I could only find this.. The large print copy of the book..
This and this are both good edition. You could also get a used first edition (ISBN 0048231398 or 0395257301) very cheaply online if you think they'd like that.
The Silmarillion hasn't had any major changes to the text so buy whatever edition you like.
> There's also "Origins of Tolkien's Middle Earth For Dummies" in that yellow "for Dummies" series Barnes and Noble carries.
You can also check for library holdings rather than bookstores.
Phil Dragash recorded the Lord of the Rings with added sound effects and Howard Shore's music. His voices are pretty good and it is an overall immersive experience. I downloaded it because I haven't had time to read my actual book, but I think I can fit in the audiobook version.
Here is a link to his files: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/cjjdiknzeieol,6jmo2c5q9vbll,jdmyib22aeqpm/shared
Honestly there are much better LotR board games than those. Monopoly and Risk have really been improved upon by modern games that do away with things like player elimination and "roll and move."
Lord of the Rings is a solid cooperative game, and Lord of the Rings: The Card game can be fun. Unfortunately, there haven't been great implementations for some time. Here are some rankings of different games if you are curious:
I think this year they released a game called "Battle of the Five Armies" that is supposed to be quite good.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lord-of-the-rings-deluxe-edition-jrr-tolkien/1115479497?ean=9780544273443 is the version I have.
Not quite as fancy, but I love it. Feels like a good fit for the story, somehow, I don't know. I've grown attached. You can see it in my most recent submitted link better.
Around 50 dollars.
Abebooks.com is a really good site to look up prices of books by publisher, year, edition.
What they are really looking for are the 1st UK edition 1st binding (hardback) with dust jacket. The first US edition/first pressing may be worth something, but its not as valuable as the UK edition/pressing. That would be worth a lot (on antiques roadshow they showed someone who had the 1st edition Hobbit (UK version) 1st pressing with an intact dust jacket, and Tolkien's signature (now that is the whole package), upwards of $250K).
The photo is taken by Ukraine photographer Irina Alexandrovna. The portfolio page says the model's release forms are on file at Shutterstock. Here are a few more images from that set:
"Galadrielle" set of 5
Other than just looking for the cheapest copies you can find, and if you're just wanting to read them rather than own, you could see if any nearby libraries have them, and if not look into inter-library loans. You can go to WorldCat to see the nearest libraries that have them.
The Last Ringbearer, by Kirill Eskov. It's available on the web for download, since it (obviously) violates a copyright or two.
IMHO, it's not very good, unfortunately, and not just because the English translation is clumsy. The idea is very interesting, but most of the book is devoted to a weird post-war plot that I quickly lost interest in. Fascinating concept, though, and the first part isn't half bad if you can ignore the translation issues.
From what I have seen, there are many dictionaries out there you can use. I would recommend going here and checking out the resources. Pretty useful.
Here's another, I find, useful resource for sale on Amazon.
I hope this helped!
It's really expensive on Amazon right now, but you can find it cheaper at bookstores and the like. It's a wonderful volume, the kind of thing you pass to your kids and read to your grandkids.
Amazon sells a Kindle version (https://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-One-J-R-R-Tolkien-ebook/dp/B007978OY6?tag=hz0d-20#nav-subnav) and Apple (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-lord-of-the-rings/id503019669?mt=110) has one as well.
Thanks I found it in an awesome vintage book of Tolkien postcards that I found on Amazon- Tolkien's Dragons and Monsters. It's from the 90s and you can see lots of cool Pre-Movie monster designs from the LotR, Hobbit, Silmarillion, and even the Lays of Beleriand (werewolves!) and the Lost Tales (mecha dragons!!!)
I got a great deal on Amazon. I love them, although the physical DVD boxset looks better than the normal plastic case the BluRays come in.
Here's an Amazon link:
And here's the ISBN in case you want to look for it from another source:
It seems to be "The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien" by Christopher Snyder.
You can look inside the book on its Amazon page to check if it's the right one. The page you showed is not available in the preview, but it has the right chapter names and the dragon next to the page numbers.
You'll have to rent/buy it off of Amazon, unless you want to pirate it. Here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/Hobbit-Orson-Bean/dp/B00BMX6CFQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1511912445&sr=8-2&keywords=the+hobbit+cartoon
Yeah, it’s on a huge sale for $50 right now. We had Amazon points saved which brought it down to $20 in the end. Still, this is a $120 set so I’d definitely snag it!
Here’s a link: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007ZQAKHU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_i_tLnaBbJS9C4AZ
I wanted to share some images of the unboxing for the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Complete Recordings that came out today on a 5 LP vinyl. I believe the set is numbered to 7,500. The FOTR release was numbered to 5,000. It's available right now from Amazon with the price at $109 and free two day shipping. Some other online sellers have it available as well.
I picked up the black Hobbit and Lord of the Rings bbc CD box for €11 late last year but prices do seem to be climbing on the BBC dramatisation.
There is a copy on Amazon UK, like new for £40 plus shipping so it would work out around €50 but includes The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
I can highly recommend the alan lee box set. Just recently bought my own copy. Good paper quality, big box with about 15 illustrations per book and beautiful dustjackets. Also reasonably priced...Oh, and it contains the hobbit too!
The Hobbit & The Lord Of The Rings Boxed Set: Illustrated edition https://www.amazon.de/dp/0008376107/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Um1xFbB1XGK3Q
I’m in Indiana. try this link for first LOTR
I would highly recommend reading it with the family trees of the major houses pulled up on a computer in front of you while you read. Likewise the maps. One of the initial things that can be baffling is the ever shifting geography of Middle-Earth - especially over the course of the creation stage and through the First Age. Tolkien is constantly dropping names of rivers, hills, mountains, forests, regions, etc. Having a good map is vital. If you're going all in for a thesis, it's well worth the investment to get a copy of "The Atlas of Middle-Earth"by Karen Wynn Fonstad.
Do you have the matching set of these? The Great Tales of Middle-earth: Children of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien, and The Fall of Gondolin https://www.amazon.com/dp/0358003911/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_HQarFbGJZPQRJ
Worth every penny.
Have patience. Go where you must go, and hope!
Congrats on the major accomplishment and gift. For those who are interested it's currently on sale on Amazon.
I basically bought this one and the Silmarillion. Looking forward to finally reading it.
Thanks for the help!
The Del Rey editions — which this set is — have the least accurate text of any in print (in English, at least...). I'm not aware of anything that would "dramatically change your understanding of the story," but there are certainly errors that could make you go, "say what!??"
I would suggest buying one of Houghton Mifflin's trade paperback editions, used, if necessary. For the cost of that set, you could get this version of LotR^* and this edition of The Hobbit and you'd have much better text and maps.
*This is the standard edition I usually recommend. The differences between it and "the most accurate current text" are very minor.
This one http://www.amazon.com/Hobbit-Motion-Picture-Trilogy-Blu-ray/dp/B014GJBTWI is the extended edition box set on Blu-ray, which includes a digital copy. It's the final box set that matches the LotR one, and includes all the appendices special features. Out November 17th
My husband has bought me many Tolkien related presents over the years, but way back in the 70's when we first got together, he bought me this edition and I have always loved it.
If she is a serious book fan, I also recommend the Reader's Companion