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Literature: The Lord of the Rings

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 modern 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."

Volumes with Publication Dates
  1. The Fellowship of the Ring, July 24, 1954
  2. The Two Towers, November 11, 1954
  3. The Return of the King, October 20, 1955

All three volumes were revised in 1965.

Film adaptations include:

In addition, there has been a BBC radio adaptation, an NPR radio adaptation, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, a 2003 Real Time Strategy game by Liquid Entertainment, three Tabletop RPGs set in Middle-earth, and several video games and mods. There is also a tabletop miniature game by Games Workshop, and a board wargame was published by Simulations Publications, Inc. in the late 1970's. At least one Collectible Card Game has been set in Middle-Earth.

The Harvard Lampoon published a parody titled Bored of the Rings 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 Tolkien's Legendarium for the Middle-earth verse in general.)

The Lord of the Rings provides examples of the following tropes:


Looney TunesNotable QuotablesMae West
The HobbitCreator/Warner Bros Interactive EntertainmentThe Matrix
Lord of the FliesLiterature of the 1950sThe Lovers
Little Shop of HorrorsThe MusicalMajora
The HobbitTrope OverdosedThe Lord of the Rings
The HobbitFranchise/Tolkien's LegendariumThe Silmarillion
The Qur'anPrint Long RunnersThe Book of Mormon
Spider SwarmImageSource/LiteratureThe Cavalry
Les MisÚrablesThe EpicMahabharata
The Lord of the IslesFantasy LiteratureLost Girls

alternative title(s): The Fellowship Of The Ring; The Two Towers; Lord Of The Rings; The Fellowship Of The Ring; The Return Of The King; The Two Towers
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