::'''Tropes from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (the book)'''

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* PairTheSpares: Faramir and Éowyn.
* PalsWithJesus: Gandalf and darn near anyone who's good.
* {{Panacea}}: The Athelas plant, with the right usage, though the exact extent of its healing properties is never explored.
* PapaWolf: Everyone is this to the hobbits. Even the hobbits get to be this on occasion because of ThePowerOfFriendship.
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: Morgoth, Saruman.
* ParentalFavoritism: Boromir (the elder son) is heavily preferred to Faramir by their father, Denethor. It's especially emphasized in The Movies, where Denethor is shown as blatantly unfair; in the book, Gandalf at least believes that it is partly that Denethor is still grief-stricken over the death of their mother.
** And being Mind-Warped by the palantír.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: When Elrond finds out that Aragorn and Arwen are in love, he sets down what seems to be a impossible set of restrictions on their marriage (Sauron must be vanquished, Aragorn must unite the ancient kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor and become High King once again). Needless to say, Aragorn helps fulfill every single one of these conditions, and Love Conquers All.
** Not really so much a Veto as just a traditional dowry: the daughter of an elven lord of Elrond's stature can only be married to a very important person, after all, and in the book Aragorn's final goal was to become king anyway, so it wasn't that tall an order. Who wouldn't want to provide the safest and best environment for their kid's future?
** It also harkens back to TheSilmarillion when Thingol tasked Beren with retrieving a Silmaril from Morgoth's crown before marrying Lúthien. Since Aragorn and Arwen are both descendants of Beren and Lúthien it seems appropriate; at least to Elrond.
* PartyOfRepresentatives: Invoked at the Council of Elrond which calls for the Fellowship of the Ring to be composed of representatives from all free peoples of Middle-Earth.
* PassingTheTorch: Bilbo to Frodo, although not without one last attempt by the elder Mr. Baggins to join the new adventure.
* PastVictimShowcase: What the Mouth of Sauron hints at when he [[spoiler:shows Frodo's mithril shirt, his elven cloak, and Sam's sword (which Sam had switched with him when he presumed the other hobbit dead) to the Captains of the West at the Black Gate.]]
* PetTheDog: Gollum has a rare moment of humanity when he catches Frodo and Sam [[SleepCute asleep]] on the stairs of Cirith Ungol. He even attempts to pet Frodo's knee. Unfortunately, the moment doesn't last.
** This moment is also a fine example of TearJerker and NiceJobBreakingItHero.
* PeacefulInDeath: Boromir.
** Subverted in the Dead Marshes.
* PerpetualMotionMonster: The ringwraiths, the Watcher in the Water.
* PhosphorEssence: As Frodo succumbs to the Nazgûl blade, he perceives Glorfindel as "a shining figure of white light".
** Sam notes that, at times, it seems as if a light is shining through Frodo.
* PhysicalReligion: the Valar.
* {{Pirates}}: The Corsairs of Umbar.
* PlayingPossum: A scene with Uruk-hai during Helm's Deep in the novel.
* PlayingWithFire: Gandalf
* PleaseWakeUp: Sam to Frodo after Frodo is stung by Shelob.
* {{Plunder}} : Merry and Pippin feasting in the ruins of Orthanc.
* {{Pluralses}}: Gollum speaks like this all the time.
* PoisonedWeapons: The Morgul blade and the arrow that hit Faramir.
** Orcs in general are said to be fond of this.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: Using a palantír.
* PopculturalOsmosis: ''[=LotR's=]'' influence is widespread and isn't limited to the fantasy genre.
** HighFantasy: It popularized the genre and is generally credited with creating it, although high fantasy in the novel format is actually older than Tolkien. The demand for novels similar to Lord of the Rings was so great that many imitators joined in to feed the demand. The term "Tolkienesque" has been used to describe the literature of his many imitators. A few writers actually tried to go in a different direction than Tolkien, such as UrsulaKLeGuin with her [[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy Earthsea novels]]. Even today, Tolkien's shadow is so big that it's difficult for a writer to escape it.
** [[TheSixties Hippies]]: The slang term [[GRatedDrug "weed"]] sprang from a certain common misconception / bit of {{Fanon}} concerning Hobbit horticultural habits ({{Jossed}} by Tolkien himself).
** [[RolePlayingGame Role Playing Games]]: The Fellowship can be seen as the prototypical [=RPG=] party. It established many archetypes and tropes that are seen [=RPGs=] like "rangers", warrior dwarves, the Balrog and {{Mithril}}. The Fellowship's trek through the dwarven city of Khazad-dûm might have been the basis for RuinsForRuinsSake. It inspired D&D and many of the [=RPGs=] that came after it.
** [[TurnBasedStrategy War Gaming]]: Before ''[=LotR=]'', war games were limited to historical wars like WWII, the Napoleonic Wars, and the American Civil War. ''[=LotR=]'' popularized the idea that war gaming can take place in a fictional land with fictional races and nations. It influenced such games as TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}, VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}, and StarCraft.
*** Which came full circle when Games Workshop made a tabletop wargame based on LOTR, inspired partly by Warhammer.
** Music/HeavyMetal: Many of the earliest metal bands were influenced by Tolkien. [[HeavyMithril They use many of his themes and events]] as a basis for numerous songs. Music/LedZeppelin is a band that shows a lot of Tolkien influence ''(see page quote)''. There's even a subgenre called ''[[HeavyMithril Tolkien Metal]]'': See, for instance, Music/BlindGuardian.
* PossessionImpliesMastery: Heavily, heavily subverted. About the only thing you with do with more possession of the ring is to become invisible. It may not even be possible for most ordinary beings to master.
* PostClimaxConfrontation: The One Ring has been destroyed along with Sauron and the armies of Mordor, Aragorn has been crowned the king of Gondor, and the members of the Fellowship have separated to return to their homelands. When the hobbits return to The Shire, however, they discover it has been taken control of by Saruman, and they have to fight one last battle against him.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Merry and Éowyn after defeating the Witch-King, Sam after defeating Shelob, and Frodo and Sam when they finally achieve their goal (though they do manage to make it down the mountain first).
* ThePowerOfFriendship: A very strong theme, especially that between Sam and Frodo.
** The clash between TheCorruption and ThePowerOfFriendship is central to Gollum's arc... and to Frodo's.
* PragmaticVillainy: Uglúk, to some extent Sauron.
--> '''Grishnakh:''' Why else do you think you've been kept alive? It's not out of ''kindness...''
--> '''Merry:''' I find that very easy to believe.
* PreemptiveDeclaration: Gandalf says "Saruman, your staff is broken", and the staff is split asunder.
* PromotionNotPunishment: During the siege of Minas Tirith, Beregond deserted his post and killed the porter with the keys to the Silent Street, as well as two members of the Guard. However, he only did this to protect Faramir from a premature funeral pyre, and only slew the others because [[PoorCommunicationKills they would not listen to him]] and attempted to kill him first. After the crowning of King Elessar, Beregond is brought before the new King. King Elessar spares him from execution because of the circumstances, but discharges Beregond from the Guard and orders him out of Minas Tirith... so that he may be reassigned to Faramir's newly-formed personal Guard in Ithilien as its captain.
* ProphecyTwist: The Witch-King
* PropheticFallacy: Denethor and the Corsairs
* ProudWarriorRace: Rohirrim, Uruk-hai
** Merry and Pippin are kind of lampshaded {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s . Tooks and Brandybucks have a reputation among other Hobbits for being more adventurous and warlike as Hobbit clans go, but Merry and Pippin just act like Hobbits. At least at first. Later both kind of [[GoingNative go native]] and become something like [[{{Swashbuckler}} Hobbit Swashbucklers]]. Yeah, I know, what would a Hobbit Swashbuckler be like?
* AProtagonistShallLeadThem: Aragorn
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Faramir, Boromir and Frodo all have at least one.
* PublisherChosenTitle: The publisher meddled with the titles of the three volumes. Tolkien wanted the last one to be named ''The War of the Ring'' to avoid {{spoiler}}s, but it didn't get through.
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* TheQuest: Frodo's quest is a double subversion. So much so, it might called an ''Anti Quest''.
* RaceNameBasis: Most likely the TropeCodifier.
* RagsToRoyalty: Aragorn, sort of. He was already the leader of the remaining Dúnedain in the north, but they collectively appeared to be this to most other humans. Among the elves, however, he and his people still had fairly high status. And when his father died early in his life, he was taken in and raised by one of the most important elven leaders still in Middle-Earth.
* RansackedRoom: Happens to Frodo's house in Crickhollow after he leaves.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Luthien in the backstory and Arwen in the main story. Saruman also originally had black hair before old age turned most of it white.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Aragorn is 87 and still going strong, Gandalf is...well he's old.
** Every last named elf is this as well, with Círdan being the oldest of all elves that haven't set sail to Valinor. (It's probably relevant that Círdan is the only Elf in the entire story who's explicitly stated to have grown a beard, let alone a ''long white'' beard.)
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: It takes Gandalf some ingenuity to restore Théoden's past judgement, but after Gandalf succeeds the King of Rohan is one of the main assets to the Free Peoples. Gandalf tries later to talk sense into Denethor, this time to no avail.
* RecurringDreams: Faramir, twice. One of these is based on the 'great wave' dream that both Tolkien and his son Michael had.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Sauron's symbol is a red eye on black, and the Mûmak (giant elephant) in ''TheTwoTowers'' has raging small red eyes.
* RedRightHand: There are only four fingers on the [[DarkIsEvil Black Hand]], but [[TakeOurWordForIt they are enough]]. [-([[ComicallyMissingThePoint especially with today's prosthetics]].)-]
** Lotho Sackville-Baggins' acne.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Boromir
* ReforgedBlade: Narsil, sword of Elendil, which was shattered - but the hilt-shard cut The One Ring from the finger of Sauron, thus winning the war. Much later, they were reforged for Aragorn's use and renamed Andúril. He never does anything 'special' with the sword, but since it serves as a symbol of his status as the Returned King, and since the reforging was part of a series of prophesied events leading up to the final fall of Sauron, it qualifies as a SwordOfPlotAdvancement.
* RefusedByTheCall: A 128-year-old Bilbo Baggins is the first to offer himself as Ringbearer for the Quest of Mount Doom, but is gently refused by Gandalf and Elrond as too old and too vulnerable to the Ring.
* RegentForLife: Denethor. Though he actually has a good precedent for not accepting Aragorn's claim -- especially since he has reason to believe Aragorn won't act in Gondor's best interest -- and we don't know what he would have actually done had he not been DrivenToSuicide. So it's certainly not a clear-cut example.
* ReluctantGift: The One Ring has this effect on its bearers, to the point that few will give it up willingly. Most notably, Bilbo Baggins has to be prompted into giving it up when Gandalf tells him, "The Ring is still in your pocket."
* TheRemnant: Saruman qualifies in a round-about sense, in that he is a former "EvilOverlord", but reduced to a pathetically small scale after his armies are routed and he is cast out from Isengard. [[spoiler:He spends the remainder of the book running the Shire into the ground, turning into a sort of bandit leader with a mob of "ruffians". He gets his throat cut by his much-abused servant at the end.]]
* RhymingWithItself: One of the parts of Sam's Oliphant poem rhymes "Me" with itself, but it's worth noting the poem is more whimsical than most others throughout the story.
* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute: Oh so many. Here are a few:
** Passing over (Caradhras)/under (Moria) the Misty Mountains was this trope for the Fellowship.
** Frodo and Sam have to get into Mordor. How? By climbing up hundreds of "stairs" on an almost vertical mountain and crawling through a giant spider's lair. Because they obviously can't use the front gate.
** Aragorn has to go through the ghost-infested mountains that no-one has ever returned from before. Though perhaps in this case the trope is not entirely played straight since he went in there to ''gain the alliance'' of said ghosts...
* RightUnderTheirNoses: Sauron would never expect something so small to sneak right past him!
* RiverOfInsanity: The voyage down the Anduin.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Gandalf
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
** The Ents reducing Isengard to a shattered ruin.
** The Rohirrim avenging Théoden's death on the Pelennor Fields.
* RousingSpeech: Given by Aragorn at the Stone of Erech and Théoden before the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
** Then subverted by Éomer during the same battle; after he finds [[spoiler:his sister Éowyn, apparently dead]], he just shouts, "Death, death, death! Death take us all!" and leads the Rohirrim in a [[SuicideMission reckless charge]]. When the charge falters, ''then'' he gives a speech... about how hope is lost and they're going to go down fighting. [[note]]Both parts were given to Théoden in [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the movies]], some at Helm's Deep and some in his "Let's All Go And Get Killed" speech.[[/note]]
* RoyalBlood: Flows in Aragorn's veins and is rather important.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Aragorn again, as well as Théoden, Théodred, Éomer and Éowyn. Legolas and Imrahil are princes, and Boromir and Faramir are sons of the Ruling Steward, Denethor (whose ancestors were hereditary stewards even when there was still a king in Gondor). Merry and Pippin are eldest sons of the rulers of Buckland and the Shire, respectively.
** The same goes for Brand (King of Dale) and Dáin II Ironfoot (King Under the Mountain), whose deeds are mentioned only in the appendices.
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