Originally Posted by Over
I know this, but the fact is that the novel is published in three books and we are supposed to choose a book. I think there are omnibus versions that include everything in a single volume, though, like the previously mentioned Moon's works. But then, the same principle should be applied to both cases.
If you don't wish to read it all, nobody is forcing you to do so, but the fact that "The Lord of the Rings" is sometimes
published in three separate volumes doesn't change the fact that it's a single book. Would you consider "The Encyclopaedia Britannica" to be 30 (or however many it is) separate books, or one book published in 30 volumes?
When LOTR itself
says "this is not a trilogy but a single novel", I honestly don't see that there's any valid case to answer