The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien, $152,500. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, first published in 1954-1955, are three volumes that form a single fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the most influential work in the history of modern fantasy. In 2002, Christie's sold the three volumes of the British first edition owned by Tolkien's son for $152,500. They also sold a similar set not owned by Tolkien's son for $71,700. A copy of the 1937 first edition of Tolkien's seminal precursor novel The Hobbit, sold for $78,000 in 2005.