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->''Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,''
-->''Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,''
->''Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,''
-->''One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne''
->''In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.''
-->'''''One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,'''''
-->'''''One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them'''''
->''In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.''

With those words, [[BigBad Sauron]] forged the [[ArtifactOfDoom One Ring]], the [[SoulJar vessel of his power]] and the pivot on which the fate of [[TheVerse Middle-earth]] would turn for five thousand years -- until the [[{{Hobbits}} most unlikely of heroes]] did the one thing Sauron [[EvilCannotComprehendGood could never have imagined]], and brought his [[EvilTowerOfOminousness dark tower]] [[CollapsingLair tumbling down]].

''The Lord of the Rings'' by Creator/JRRTolkien is too well-known, and too complex, to be [[Synopsis/TheLordOfTheRings summarised in full]]. Succinctly, it is by far the most recent addition to the {{canon}} of Western epic literature and is the [[TheEpic epic]] which set the stage for the entire HighFantasy genre that followed in its wake. Interestingly, the story was originally intended as a ''shorter'' sequel to ''Literature/TheHobbit'', but as its author famously remarked, "the tale grew in the telling." ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', posthumously published, serves as a prequel to this, though its material was first written of all.


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# ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', July 24, 1954
# ''The Two Towers'', November 11, 1954
# ''The Return of the King'', October 20, 1955

All three volumes were revised in 1965, partly because the book had been pirated by an American publisher.

Though it (re-)popularised the {{trilogy}} format for fiction, it was written as one book and originally just divided into three for postwar budgeting reasons. It has also been published in seven-volume editions, as each of the three original volumes includes two Books and the third also has several [[AllThereInTheManual Appendices.]]

Adaptations include:

* ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' ([[WesternAnimation animated]]) -- The Creator/RalphBakshi [[AnimatedAdaptation animated adaptation]]. Intended to be the [[MovieMultipack first of two films]], in vain.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing'' (animated) -- The Creator/RankinBassProductions animated adaptation of the third part, a sequel to their own adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit''.
* ''Series/TheHobbits'' ([[LiveActionTelevision TV series]]) -- A Finnish miniseries based on a theatre adaptation.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' ([[LiveActionFilm film series]]) -- The Creator/PeterJackson [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action adaptation]] as a film trilogy. The most modern (and, by now, [[AdaptationDisplacement easily the most well-known]]) version. Later followed by his adaptation of ''Film/TheHobbit'', which was expanded into another trilogy.
* An upcoming TV series from Amazon, which is set an unknown time before ''Fellowship''. It has not been confirmed if it deals with the main events of the books, or draws from the more distant past featured in the Appendices, or even if it's in continuity with the Jackson movies or not.

In addition, the books have been adapted multiple times for radio (with a 1981 BBC version as the most highly regarded) and theatre (most recently as a 2006 musical, retooled for the West End from 2007-2008). The books and adaptations themselves have inspired various video games, tabletop games and card games.

The Harvard Lampoon published a parody titled ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' in 1969, which manages to cover the entire journey in under 200 pages.

'''Please note that this is the page for tropes used in the book. See above for the links to pages for the movies. (And Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium for the Middle-earth verse in general.)'''

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!!''The Lord of the Rings'' provides examples of the following tropes:
* [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesAToC Tropes A to C]]
* [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesDToF Tropes D to F]]
* [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesGToI Tropes G to I]]
* [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesJToL Tropes J to L]]
* [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesMToO Tropes M to O]]
* [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesPToR Tropes P to R]]
* [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesSToU Tropes S to U]]
* [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesVToZ Tropes V to Z]]
* [[Characters/TheLordOfTheRings Tropes applied to characters]]
* [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesPeoples Tropes applied to entire peoples]]