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Free Study Guide for The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien


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The Lord of the Rings
- The Trilogy


J. R. R. Tolkien

First published: 1954

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Literary Elements
List of Characters
Short Summary (Synopsis)
J. R. R. Tolkien - Biography
Literary/Historical Information

Chapter Summaries with Notes/Analysis

Part I - The Fellowship of the Ring
Book I
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
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
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
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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