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1. noun TLOTR is often erronously called a trilogy, when in fact it is a single novel, consisting of six books plus appendices, sometimes published in three volumes.
The first volume, TFOTR, was published on 29 July 1954 in England, 'with an edition for the USA following' on 21 October of the same year.
The second volume, TTT, was published in England on 11 November 1954 and in the United States on 21 April 1955.
Volume three, TROTK, finally appeared in England on 20 October 1955 and in the United States on 5 January 1956.
With the appearance ot the third volume, TLOTR was published in its entirety, and its first edition text remained virtually unchanged for a decade. (Tolkein made a few small corrections, but further errors entered TFOTR in its second impression when the printer, having distributed the type after the first printing, reset the book without informing the author or publisher.)
In 1965, stemming from what then appeared to be copyright problems in the United States, an American paperback firm published an unauthorized and non-royalty paying edition of TLOTR.

2. noun (the cinematic masterpieces of considerable acclaim) TLOTR was adapted for the screen by Peter Jackson in the beginning of the 21st century. The New Zealand born director released three separate movies based upon the three volumes of TLOTR.
1. x: Hey, what are you reading there dude?
y: It's a book.
x: What's it called?
y: The Lord of the Rings.
x: It looks like a long story.
y: It is a very , very long story.
x: Well...
y: Shut up. I'm trying to read.

2. x: Let's smoke some of this gak and watch the entire Special Edition of The Lord of the Rings!
y: Again?
x: Why not?
y: Do we have enough dope for all 36 hours?
x: I'll call Sue, that shikse always has dope.
y: Cool. Let's do it.
by Nedd Ludd September 15, 2005
Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece. It was originally intended to be all one book, but it was divided into three books, and each separate book is divided into two books (confused yet?). The story actually begins in "The Hobbit," where Bilbo Baggins discovers the One Ring in Gollum's lair (which, at the time, was in a cavern within the Misty Mountains). Then in "The Fellowship of the Ring," Bilbo grants the ring to his nephew, Frodo, and then departs to start a new and relaxed life (but they soon meet up in Rivendell). Gandalf teaches Frodo that the One Ring was forged in the fires of Mount Doom for the Dark Lord, Sauron. Three rings were given to the Elves, seven to the dwarves, and nine to the men, but it was the One Ring that could mean peril to all that is good in Middle Earth if it was brought back into the hands of the Dark Lord. Frodo had to return it to the one place it could be destroyed, Mount Doom, in the heart of Mordor. Frodo originally sets off with Pippin, Sam, and Merry. They find themselves in Rivendell, where the council of Elrond takes part. Elrond adds Boromir, Aragorn, Legolas, Gandalf, and Gimli to Frodo's party, and they become the Fellowship. To read of their perilous adventures through Middle Earth is to take an adventure through the ancient trees of Lorien, to journey through the dank darkness of Moria, and to wade in the waters of the sacred Nimrodel. If you're into fantasy, then Lord of the Rings is for you.
One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them...
- Lord of the Rings
by 62orion86 February 17, 2006
A novel of epic proportions by TRR Tolkien. It is however, only the tip of the iceberg of his writtings on middle earth. A truly awesome work which was not done justice by its big screen production.
Anyone who denounces this book is obviously too stupid to read it or has the attention span of a 5 year od on speed.
Have u read lotr?
I started it last year but still haven't finished.
by anarion March 06, 2004
A series written by JRR Tolkein following young Baggins in his quest to destroy the one RING.
I read lord of the rings 2345 times yesterday.
by Anonymous January 21, 2003
a book which if you like you are not "uncool" , but you are simply on a higher level than the cavemen who claim that people who read the said book attain more "pussy"
the lord of the rings is a good book
by jared June 15, 2003
A series of fantasy novels that are so epic that one of the greatest bands of all time, Led Zeppelin, dedicated songs to it.

The inspiration for the songs Misty Mountain Hop and Ramble on. Both excellent Zeppelin songs.
Robert Plant was a fan of the Lord of the Rings, so he referenced it in many of his songs.
by potterfreak82 February 22, 2011
the greatest literature known to man and also greatest movies
If you read it you will know
by crazymonkeydogbreeder August 16, 2003