J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels (as well as The Hobbit) have been my favorite books since I first discovered The Fellowship of the Ring back in 1969. I brought the set down from the shelf the other day and decided to compare the scanned copies of these old covers with some of the newer ones issued over the years. You can probably tell by the condition of the first covers in the rows below just how often I read this set. If you look closely you’ll also note the cost of these mass market paperbacks at just .95 each. The book covers on this post are only a few examples of the many issued since the first printing in 1965. Go to Adazing.com for a more thorough list through 2002.