'The Children of Hurin' is a shorter story told in Tolkien's 'Silmarillion' and here extended, through the use of notes and Christopher Tolkien's editing, into an entire novel. The story is fantastic - featuring such topics as incest, betrayal, murder, intrigue and mysticism, all wrapped up and packaged as what you would believe to be a Tolkien book like the ones before it. Whilst the story is still set in Middle-earth, it is disarmingly adult in its themes and narrative, and as such, it should be read either by those with an interest in the world of Middle-earth or by those looking for a more adult fantasy novel - and one from one of the best, even though he's been dead thirty years, cannot be a bad thing at all.
This review is of this specific edition of The Lord of the Rings and not of the book itself. As it is one of my favourite books, though not one I myself had ever personally owned, I sought a special edition with high quality binding that I would be able to keep in the pride of my collection for the rest of my life. The Lord of the Rings has gone through many editions with many publishers. The quality of this edition's binding is as high in binding terms as the novel is in literary terms. The leather bound cover and presentation box, gilt fore-edge, splendid maps and high quality ivory archive paper really gives the tome that epic fantasy quality that the writing within exudes. Though, when all things come to reckoning, it is the words of a novel that count whatever the binding's state, if you like to own good quality editions of your favourite works then I'd heartily recommend this edition of The Lord of the Rings to you.