The greatest piece of literary fiction ever, the Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien during the 30's and 40's and published in the 50's. People often mistakenly refer to it as a trilogy. IT IS NOT A TRILOGY. It is one novel divided into six books and appendices. It was however released in three volumes because the publisher wanted more money.

The Lord of the Rings takes place in Tolkien's "Middle-earth" and focuses on the hobbit Frodo Baggins, who is tasked with destroying the One Ring of Power forged by the Dark Lord Sauron (the titular Lord of the Rings) many years ago. The novel also focuses on many other heroes and villians. The Lord of the Rings has served as an example for countless other fantasy works to emulate in story, characters, and setting.

The Lord of the Rings has been adapted into a movie trilogy by director Peter Jackson. Although they are of course inferior to the original book, they are still very good. Many people like to compare The Lord of the Rings to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, most likely because the first Lord of the Rings movie and the first Harry Potter movie both came out in 2001. However, there is really no comparison. Harry Potter is good, but The Lord of the Rings is a pure literary masterpiece.
The Lord of the Rings is a must read for pretty much anyone.
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One of the most successful trilogies of all time, in the forms of literature and film. It chronicles the parallel adventures of Frodo Baggins, and Aragorn, Heir of Gondor.

For some reason, people on UrbanDictionary.com feel that they have to compare this trilogy to J.K. Rowling's seven-part book/movie series Harry Potter
The Lord of the Rings should have swept every single Oscar.
by Jon February 7, 2004
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1. The Lord of the Rings...
An epic fantasy novel written half a century ago by J.R.R. Tolkien otherwise known as John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. It carries on after his famous work, The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings is divided into three parts - The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.
The story of how Tolkien wrote his epic adventure is quite unique and his works are very inspiring to millions aroud the world.
2. The Lord of the Rings has been adapted into movies. The more memorable and accurate adaption being Peter Jackson's theatrical trilogy, released from 2001-2003. His films took home dozens of awards including Golden Globes, and many Oscars Academy Awards.
1. ~"I am going to read Tolkien's Lord of the Rings this summer."
~"Oh... Okay... You do that."
2. ~"I've seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy 7 consecutive times."
~"No wonder you're so pale.."
by Plumberry September 7, 2005
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When one sits down and watches The Lord of the Rings Trilogy from beginning to end with no breaks.
I do not have any class today so were going to watch The Lord of Rings movies all day. Oh, so your Lord of the Ringing today.
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1) The best work of literary art ever created divided into three books each of which is subdivided into two books. A must–read for any human.

2) Lord Sauron, forger of the Rings of Power which he controlled with the One Ring (Ash Nazg).
1) Lord of the Rings is my favorite book!

2) We must smite the Lord of the Rings!
by BernyPark April 13, 2004
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Probably the greatest
literature and movies known to mankind. J.R.R. Tolkien was the literary Einstein, and probably always will be. Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord Of The Rings movies, is one of the greatest directors to ever walk this Earth.

The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is divided into three parts.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

People like to compare The Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter. It's really quite funny, and it's fun to laugh at people who do that, seeing as how the only thing the two series have in common is that magic exists in both worlds that the two stories take place in. Otherwise, they have nothing in common characterwise, the plotlines are not similar whatsoever, and not even the monsters/creatures that are in the stories are similar. Usually people who compare Harry Potter to The Lord Of The Rings have barely read one series or the other at all.

To the people who constantly compare Harry Potter to The Lord Of The Rings - do humanity a favor and shut the fuck up and pull your head out of your ass, and realize that since you are a mere civilian and basically have no way of making any books and/or movies, you can't do shit about whatever series - that you probably haven't read - you're pissed off about. Thank you.
The Lord Of The Rings is the best literature known to humanity.
by Annabelle August 4, 2004
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1. The Lord of the Rings...
An epic fantasy novel written half a century ago by J.R.R. Tolkien otherwise known as John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. It carries on after his famous work, The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings is divided into three parts - The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

The story of how Tolkien wrote his epic adventure is quite unique and his works are very inspiring to millions aroud the world.

2. The Lord of the Rings has been adapted into movies. The more memorable and accurate adaption being Peter Jackson's theatrical trilogy, released from 2001-2003. His films took home dozens of awards including Golden Globes, and many Oscars Academy Awards.
1. ~"I am going to read Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy this summer."
~"Oh... Okay... You do that."

2. ~"I've seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy 87 consecutive times."
~"No wonder your so pale.."
by Plumberry August 18, 2005
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