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The Lord of the Rings
- The Trilogy


J. R. R. Tolkien

First published: 1954

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Literary Elements
• Setting
• List of Characters
• Conflict
• Short Summary (Synopsis)
• Themes
• Mood
• J. R. R. Tolkien - Biography
• Literary/Historical Information

Chapter Summaries with Notes/Analysis

Part I - The Fellowship of the Ring
Book I
• Prologue
• A Long Expected Party
• A Shadow of the Past
• Three is Company
• A Shortcut to Mushrooms
• A Conspiracy Unmasked
• The Old Forest
• In the House of Tom Bambadil
• Fog on the Barrow-Downs
• At the Sign of the Prancing Pony
• Strider
• A Knife in the Dark
• Flight to the Ford

Book II
• Many Meetings
• The Council of Elrond
• The Ring Goes South
• A Journey in the Dark
• The Bridge of Khazad-dum
• Lothlorien
• The Mirror of Galadriel
• Farewell to Lorien
• The Great River
• The Breaking of the Fellowship

Part II - The Two Towers
Book III
• The Departure of Boromir
• The Riders of Rohan
• The Urak-hai
• Treebeard
• The White Rider
• The King of the Golden Hall
• Helm's Deep
• The Road to Isengard
• Flotsam and Fetsam
• The Voice of Saruman
• The Palantir

Book IV
• The Taming of Smeagol
• The Passage of the Marshes
• Black Gate is Closed
• Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
• The Window on the West
• The Forbidden Pool
• Journey to the Crossroads
• The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
• Shelob's Lair
• The Choices of Master Samwise

Part III - The Return of the King
Book V
• Minas Tirith
• The Passing of the Grey Company
• The Muster of Rohan
• The Seige of Gondor
• The Ride of the Rohirrim
• The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
• The Pyre of Denethor
• The House of Healing
• The Last Debate
• The Black Gate Opens

Book VI
• The Tower of Cirith Ungol
• The Land of the Shadow
• Mount Doom
• The Field of Cormallen
• The Steward and the King
• Many Partings
• Homeward Bound
• The Scouring of the Shire
• The Grey Havens

Overall Analysis
• Character Analysis
• Themes - Theme Analysis
• Author's Style
• Symbolism / Motifs / Imagery / Symbols

• Study Questions - Book Report Ideas


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