“The Lord of the Rings”, crafted by the brilliant philologist J.R.R. Tolkien, is a seminal work that has defined the fantasy genre. While it’s often treated as a trilogy, Tolkien intended it as one continuous epic, split into three volumes for practical publishing reasons: “The Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Two Towers”, and “The Return of the King”.
Set in the mythological realm of Middle-Earth, the story begins with the quiet, unassuming hobbit, Frodo Baggins, who inherits a ring from his uncle Bilbo. This isn’t just any ring but the One Ring, an artifact of immense power that the dark lord Sauron seeks to dominate the world.
The series chronicles the quest to destroy the Ring, with Frodo at the heart of this perilous journey. Alongside him are representatives from Middle-Earth’s races: men, elves, dwarves, and another hobbit. They form the Fellowship of the Ring, bound by the singular purpose to thwart the rising darkness.
Tolkien’s work is a masterclass in world-building, with languages, histories, and cultures detailed with unparalleled depth. His exploration of themes like friendship, sacrifice, and the corrupting influence of power gives the series its timeless appeal.