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, Sauron forged the One Ring, the vessel of his power and the pivot on which the fate of Middle-earth would turn for five thousand years — until the most unlikely of heroes did the one thing Sauron could never have imagined, and brought his dark tower tumbling down.The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien is too well-known, and too complex, to be 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 High Fantasy genre that followed in its wake. Interestingly, the story was originally intended as a shorter sequel to The Hobbit, but as its author famously remarked, "the tale grew in the telling." The Silmarillion, posthumously published, serves as a prequel to this, though its material was first written of all.
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
- The Lord of the Rings (animated) — The Ralph Bakshi animated adaptation. Intended to be the first of two films, in vain.
- The Return of the King (animated) — The Rankin/Bass Productions animated adaptation of the third part, a sequel to their own adaptation of The Hobbit.
- The Hobbits (TV series) — A Finnish miniseries based on a theatre adaptation.
- The Lord of the Rings (film series) — The Peter Jackson live-action adaptation as a film trilogy. The most modern (and, by now, easily the most well-known) version. Later followed by his adaptation of The Hobbit, 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.
The Lord of the Rings provides examples of the following tropes:
- Tropes A to C
- Tropes D to F
- Tropes G to I
- Tropes J to L
- Tropes M to O
- Tropes P to R
- Tropes S to U
- Tropes V to Z
- Tropes applied to entire peoples