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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 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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[[AC:Volumes with Publication Dates]]
# ''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.

Film adaptations include:

* ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' (Animated) -- The Creator/RalphBakshi animated adaptation.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing'' (Animated) -- The Creator/RankinBassProductions animated adaptation of the third part.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' (film series) -- The Creator/PeterJackson live action adaptation. The most modern (and, by now, easily the most well-known) version.

In addition, the books have been adapted for radio and theatre multiple times. 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:
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* [[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]]
* [[TheLordOfTheRings/TropesPeoples Tropes applied to entire peoples]]
[[/index]]
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