The Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier fantasy book, “The Hobbit”. The series includes: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

In Middle-earth live hobbits, elves, dwarves, wizards, and orcs. The plot revolves around the Ring of Power, created by the Dark Lord Sauron. Starting from quiet beginnings in the Shire, the story stretches across Middle-earth and follows the course of the war for the ring.

The Lord of the Rings continues the story about 60 years after the end of The Hobbit.

First Book The Fellowship of the Ring
Bilbo, Frodo Baggins’ uncle, gives him the magic ring he found during his adventures in The Hobbit. They soon discover that it is the One Ring, the instrument of Sauron’s power.

Sauron sent the sinister Nazgûl to the Shire, Frodo’s home, to seek the Ring. Frodo escaped with the help of his faithful gardener Samwise Gamgee and three close friends, Meriadoc Brandybuck, Peregrin Took and Fredegar Bolger.

A high council decides that the only way to save Middle Earth is to destroy the Ring by taking it to Mordor and throwing it into Mount Doom, where it was forged. Frodo volunteers for this task and the Fellowship of the Ring was formed.

The Two Towers
Two parallel stories are followed in the plot. The Fellowship has been scattered; Merry and Pippin have been captured by Saruman’s orcs, Boromir is dead, and Aragorn and the others set out to find the hobbits.

Frodo and Sam are on their way to Mount Doom. They are being pursued by a creator named Gollum. They decide that they need his help to secretly get to Mordor.

In the third volume, The Return of the King, we again we follow Gandalf, Aragorn and company and their battle against Sauron’s Orcs, while Frodo and Sam try to find their way to the destruction of the Ring. The final battles against Sauron’s armies are the only hope for Middle-earth. Fight to the death outside the Black Gate of Mordor, where the alliance of Gondor and Rohan fights desperately against Sauron’s armies, hoping to distract him from the Ring and give Frodo time to destroy it.