New on Kindle: Lord of the Rings. For real.

HarperCollins is an ebook wonder among the big publishers, and so it comes as no surprise that they’ve managed to bring The Lord of the Rings to Fictionwise and the Kindle store!

Of course, DRM-locked is still DRM-locked (even the Fictionwise formats are DRM’d and thus unavailable for reading on the Kindle without a cracking tool), but y’know, this is a huge step forward.

Fictionwise has a serious flash page about the event even, and for now any hits to Fictionwise’s main URL redirects to that.

For those of us with a Kindle or an iPhone with the Kindle app, here are links to the books.

The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Buy: Kindle Store

All three books of the main trilogy rolled up into one. Lest you be spurned by the more-than-$10 price ($15.42 as of this writing, but could go down in the future and usually does), remember that this is three (very large) books rolled up into one.

Nice cover, eh? I like the covers of these guys. See more below, along with The Hobbit.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Buy: Kindle Store

Many people love The Hobbit and dislike the trilogy, others love the trilogy and wish they could forget The Hobbit. And still many more love both.

This is getting downloaded to my Kindle as of this instant.

The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Buy: Kindle Store

I had no idea that this post-humous tale from Tolkien had made it to Real Story status (what about The Silmarillion? Although that really was more notes-ish and short-story-ish). If you can’t get enough of Tolkien, you could get this.

It’s sort of depressing. Well, it’s really depressing. Bit of a downer.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Buy: Kindle Store

The first book in the trilogy is also sold separately if for some reason you desire this.

It’s also my favorite. If I were a real stickler, I probably would just buy only this one and forget the rest, but so many of us are completists at heart….

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Buy: Kindle Store

The second book in the trilogy is also sold separately, although I don’t know why anybody would only want The Two Towers and not Return of the King; those two are bound together far more tightly than with Fellowship.

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Buy: Kindle Store

The final volume in the trilogy, should you desire to get this by itself and not rolled up with the others.