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== Lord of The Rings ==
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by J.R.R. Tolkien
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This article summarizes all three volumes of the novel. Alternatively, you can view the pages for [[The Fellowship of the Ring]], [[The Two Towers]] and [[Return of the King]]. To gain a better understanding of the Middle-earth universe and its mythology, you can read [[The Hobbit]] and [[The Silmarillion]].
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== Plot Overview ==
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In this novel (often mistakenly called a trilogy), immortalized by Peter Jackson’s epic movies, the communities of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, and men that were introduced in Tolkien's ‘’The Hobbit’’ join forces for a much larger goal than the Battle of Five Armies.  These inhabitants of Middle Earth are forced to fight for their freedom and for their world.  The evil sorcerer Sauron, the creator of the all-powerful Ring that Bilbo discovered in the earlier tale, rises again to lead an army both in search of the ring and in an attempt to dominate all of Middle Earth and enslave its creatures.  Sauron uses his powers of persuasion, his goblin armies, and the emotional weaknesses of those he fights to increase his control.  It is only with a combined effort and the heroism of the largest to the smallest beings that Sauron is able to be defeated.
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== The Fellowship of the Ring ==
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In this first section, readers are reintroduced to the Hobbits of the Shire.  Many years have passed since the Battle of Five Armies and Bilbo's adventure, but Bilbo has barely aged.  Readers quickly learn that the ring has many more powers than originally thought.  Gandalf the Gray, the wizard and Bilbo's old friend, has become suspicious about the ring.  He convinces Bilbo to leave the Shire and to leave the ring to his nephew, Frodo.  After much resistance, due to the Ring's power, Bilbo agrees, and disappears during his own birthday celebration.  Frodo inherits his home and all his possessions.  After many years, Gandalf again returns.  At this time, he puts the ring into the fire to test if it is Sauron's ring.  When the elfish writing appears, Gandalf knows.  He tells Frodo that Frodo must run from the Shire, that Sauron's servants, the Ringwraiths, will come for him and destroy the Shire when they do.
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Frodo escapes, taking with him his friend and servant Samwise Gamgee and his cousins Merry and Pippin.  The foursome is able to escape a Ringwraith along the trail - as well as some murderous trees - and make it, with the help of some good neighbors, to the town of Bree and the Prancing Pony Inn.  Here they meet a man named Strider, who says he knows of the Hobbits plan to go to Rivendell and is there to help them. As Wraiths descend upon the town, the new group of five escapes to head to the Elves.  Along the way, the Wraiths catch up with them and Frodo is wounded by a stab from one of their swords.  Even so, they are all able to get to Rivendell and the Wraiths, for the moment, are swept away.
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In Rivendell, it is revealed that Strider is actually Aragorn, the heir to Gondor.  The Hobbits meet Bilbo again, who has now aged.  While with the Elves, a council is held to discuss the matter of the One Ring.  The representatives of Middle Earth that are present agree that an expedition to Mordor should ensue for the purpose of destroying the ring, and hopefully, destroying Sauron.  Much debate ensues about who should hold the ring, and is only ended when Frodo volunteers.  The four Hobbits, Aragorn, Gimli the dwarf, Legolas the elf, Boromir (another human from Gondor) and Gandalf set out on this expedition.
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As they travel, the fellowship is tracked by Gollum, the creature that Bilbo took the ring from.  In the mines of Moria, Gandalf battles an ancient creature and is sucked deep into a chasm, lost.  Not long after, the group stumbles upon the lands of Galadriel, an elven queen who possesses one of Sauron's other rings.  She provides gifts to the group and boats so that they may travel more quickly down the river.  Boromir's growing obsession with the ring, a fresh attack by Orcs, convinces Frodo that he must travel to Mordor on his own.  Sam refuses to be left behind and goes with him.  As they run off, Boromir is killed by Orcs, who then kidnap Merry and Pippin.  Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli leave Frodo to his own journey and go off to save the other two Hobbits.
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== The Two Towers ==
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This part of the story picks up where Fellowship left off, and the story is split into two parallel storylines.  One storyline is that of the remaining fellowship - Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Merry and Pippin.  The other is the storyline of Frodo and Sam and the attempt to get to Mordor and destroy the ring.
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In the fellowship storyline, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas are able to track the Orcs that kidnapped Merry and Pippin.  Before catching up to the Hobbits, however, they find Gandalf.  Having survived his descent into the mines, Gandalf has returned as Gandalf the White.  He takes them to see Théoden, the king of Rohan, who has fallen under the spell of Saruman, a servant of Sauron.  After freeing Théoden, the group helps the community to escape from the oncoming army, and then to fight and win at the Battle of the Hornburg.  Merry and Pippin, having befriended the tree-like Ents, helps to convince them to fight against what Saruman is doing to their forest.  The Ents, slow to move, are finally angered into action and defeat Saruman at his castle.  The remaining fellowship is reunited briefly, until Pippin is taken over by a desire to look into the seeing stone and is spotted by Sauron.  Gandalf rides off with Pippin to Minas Tirith to alert them of the oncoming war.
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In another part of Middle Earth, Sam and Frodo are tracked by Gollum, whom Frodo befriends.  Sam does not trust Gollum, and Gollum uses that to poison the friends against each other, which begins to work.  Gollum helps to bring the two through the wilderness to Mordor, always hoping for a chance to steal the ring back.  While in Minas Mogul, the group is captured by the Rangers of Gondor, including Boromir's brother Faramir.  Faramir, different from Boromir, believes that the ring must be destroyed and releases the Hobbits with fresh supplies.  Gollum betrays Frodo to the great spider Shelob, hoping that Frodo will be killed and Gollum can get the ring.  Sam defeats the spider with sting, but Frodo - unbeknownst to Sam - is taken by the Orcs.  Sam ends the story believing his master is dead.
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== The Return of the King ==
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The third volume begins with Gandalf finishing his ride to Minas Tirith with Pippin.  Pippin becomes a servant to Denethor, the steward of Gondor, and Merry has become a servant to Théoden.  Denethor goes insane after hearing of Boromir's death and after Faramir is wounded, and attempts to burn Faramir alive, but Pippin alerts Gandalf in time.  The armies of Sauron begin to besiege the city, but the armies of men fight back while Aragorn leads a group through the 'Paths of the Dead' in the hope of enlisting the help of an undead army against the Corsairs of Umbar.  Minas Tirith is saved through the combined efforts of all the armies, though Théoden - among others - is killed.  Despite the success, Sauron still has many troops available.  It is only if Frodo can destroy the ring that Sauron can be defeated. 
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Inside Mordor, Sam rescues Frodo from the Orcs' captivity. The pair then made their way through the rugged lands of Mordor and, after much struggle, finally reached Mount Doom itself.  Frodo finds it impossible to get rid of the ring, however, insanely claiming it for himself.  Gollum reappears, struggling with Frodo and eventually biting it off Frodo's finger.  Gollum tumbles into Mount Doom and the ring is destroyed.  The Wraiths are destroyed, and the armies outside are victorious.  Sam and Frodo are saved from Mordor, and returned to their friends. 
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Aragorn was crowned king of Gondor and married Arwen, the daughter of Elrond.  The Hobbits eventually return to the Shire, only to discover that Saruman has lived and has enslaved the Shire.  The Hobbits defeat him and restore order, and the adventurers find leadership back in their community.  This is with the exception of Frodo, who never quite recovers from his wounds and his time with the Ring.  In the end, Frodo leaves for the Undying Lands, accompanied by Bilbo.
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Revision as of 20:58, 24 July 2009

Lord of The Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkien

This article summarizes all three volumes of the novel. Alternatively, you can view the pages for The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King. To gain a better understanding of the Middle-earth universe and its mythology, you can read The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

Plot Overview

In this novel (often mistakenly called a trilogy), immortalized by Peter Jackson’s epic movies, the communities of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, and men that were introduced in Tolkien's ‘’The Hobbit’’ join forces for a much larger goal than the Battle of Five Armies. These inhabitants of Middle Earth are forced to fight for their freedom and for their world. The evil sorcerer Sauron, the creator of the all-powerful Ring that Bilbo discovered in the earlier tale, rises again to lead an army both in search of the ring and in an attempt to dominate all of Middle Earth and enslave its creatures. Sauron uses his powers of persuasion, his goblin armies, and the emotional weaknesses of those he fights to increase his control. It is only with a combined effort and the heroism of the largest to the smallest beings that Sauron is able to be defeated.


The Fellowship of the Ring

In this first section, readers are reintroduced to the Hobbits of the Shire. Many years have passed since the Battle of Five Armies and Bilbo's adventure, but Bilbo has barely aged. Readers quickly learn that the ring has many more powers than originally thought. Gandalf the Gray, the wizard and Bilbo's old friend, has become suspicious about the ring. He convinces Bilbo to leave the Shire and to leave the ring to his nephew, Frodo. After much resistance, due to the Ring's power, Bilbo agrees, and disappears during his own birthday celebration. Frodo inherits his home and all his possessions. After many years, Gandalf again returns. At this time, he puts the ring into the fire to test if it is Sauron's ring. When the elfish writing appears, Gandalf knows. He tells Frodo that Frodo must run from the Shire, that Sauron's servants, the Ringwraiths, will come for him and destroy the Shire when they do.

Frodo escapes, taking with him his friend and servant Samwise Gamgee and his cousins Merry and Pippin. The foursome is able to escape a Ringwraith along the trail - as well as some murderous trees - and make it, with the help of some good neighbors, to the town of Bree and the Prancing Pony Inn. Here they meet a man named Strider, who says he knows of the Hobbits plan to go to Rivendell and is there to help them. As Wraiths descend upon the town, the new group of five escapes to head to the Elves. Along the way, the Wraiths catch up with them and Frodo is wounded by a stab from one of their swords. Even so, they are all able to get to Rivendell and the Wraiths, for the moment, are swept away.

In Rivendell, it is revealed that Strider is actually Aragorn, the heir to Gondor. The Hobbits meet Bilbo again, who has now aged. While with the Elves, a council is held to discuss the matter of the One Ring. The representatives of Middle Earth that are present agree that an expedition to Mordor should ensue for the purpose of destroying the ring, and hopefully, destroying Sauron. Much debate ensues about who should hold the ring, and is only ended when Frodo volunteers. The four Hobbits, Aragorn, Gimli the dwarf, Legolas the elf, Boromir (another human from Gondor) and Gandalf set out on this expedition.

As they travel, the fellowship is tracked by Gollum, the creature that Bilbo took the ring from. In the mines of Moria, Gandalf battles an ancient creature and is sucked deep into a chasm, lost. Not long after, the group stumbles upon the lands of Galadriel, an elven queen who possesses one of Sauron's other rings. She provides gifts to the group and boats so that they may travel more quickly down the river. Boromir's growing obsession with the ring, a fresh attack by Orcs, convinces Frodo that he must travel to Mordor on his own. Sam refuses to be left behind and goes with him. As they run off, Boromir is killed by Orcs, who then kidnap Merry and Pippin. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli leave Frodo to his own journey and go off to save the other two Hobbits.


The Two Towers

This part of the story picks up where Fellowship left off, and the story is split into two parallel storylines. One storyline is that of the remaining fellowship - Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Merry and Pippin. The other is the storyline of Frodo and Sam and the attempt to get to Mordor and destroy the ring.

In the fellowship storyline, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas are able to track the Orcs that kidnapped Merry and Pippin. Before catching up to the Hobbits, however, they find Gandalf. Having survived his descent into the mines, Gandalf has returned as Gandalf the White. He takes them to see Théoden, the king of Rohan, who has fallen under the spell of Saruman, a servant of Sauron. After freeing Théoden, the group helps the community to escape from the oncoming army, and then to fight and win at the Battle of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, having befriended the tree-like Ents, helps to convince them to fight against what Saruman is doing to their forest. The Ents, slow to move, are finally angered into action and defeat Saruman at his castle. The remaining fellowship is reunited briefly, until Pippin is taken over by a desire to look into the seeing stone and is spotted by Sauron. Gandalf rides off with Pippin to Minas Tirith to alert them of the oncoming war.

In another part of Middle Earth, Sam and Frodo are tracked by Gollum, whom Frodo befriends. Sam does not trust Gollum, and Gollum uses that to poison the friends against each other, which begins to work. Gollum helps to bring the two through the wilderness to Mordor, always hoping for a chance to steal the ring back. While in Minas Mogul, the group is captured by the Rangers of Gondor, including Boromir's brother Faramir. Faramir, different from Boromir, believes that the ring must be destroyed and releases the Hobbits with fresh supplies. Gollum betrays Frodo to the great spider Shelob, hoping that Frodo will be killed and Gollum can get the ring. Sam defeats the spider with sting, but Frodo - unbeknownst to Sam - is taken by the Orcs. Sam ends the story believing his master is dead.


The Return of the King

The third volume begins with Gandalf finishing his ride to Minas Tirith with Pippin. Pippin becomes a servant to Denethor, the steward of Gondor, and Merry has become a servant to Théoden. Denethor goes insane after hearing of Boromir's death and after Faramir is wounded, and attempts to burn Faramir alive, but Pippin alerts Gandalf in time. The armies of Sauron begin to besiege the city, but the armies of men fight back while Aragorn leads a group through the 'Paths of the Dead' in the hope of enlisting the help of an undead army against the Corsairs of Umbar. Minas Tirith is saved through the combined efforts of all the armies, though Théoden - among others - is killed. Despite the success, Sauron still has many troops available. It is only if Frodo can destroy the ring that Sauron can be defeated.

Inside Mordor, Sam rescues Frodo from the Orcs' captivity. The pair then made their way through the rugged lands of Mordor and, after much struggle, finally reached Mount Doom itself. Frodo finds it impossible to get rid of the ring, however, insanely claiming it for himself. Gollum reappears, struggling with Frodo and eventually biting it off Frodo's finger. Gollum tumbles into Mount Doom and the ring is destroyed. The Wraiths are destroyed, and the armies outside are victorious. Sam and Frodo are saved from Mordor, and returned to their friends.

Aragorn was crowned king of Gondor and married Arwen, the daughter of Elrond. The Hobbits eventually return to the Shire, only to discover that Saruman has lived and has enslaved the Shire. The Hobbits defeat him and restore order, and the adventurers find leadership back in their community. This is with the exception of Frodo, who never quite recovers from his wounds and his time with the Ring. In the end, Frodo leaves for the Undying Lands, accompanied by Bilbo.