The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien was a second lieutenant in 1916, at 24 years old
AuthorJ. R. R. Tolkien
GenreFantasy Adventure
Publication DateJuly 29th, 1954

Author's Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tokien was born on January 3rd of 1892. He was a university professor, a poet, writer, and philologist. His most famous works form his "legendarium"- the collection of stories and writings that are the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit and the Simarillion. Tolkien had many different influences on his stories, including other writers such as William Morris, and various European mythologies and stories, notably Beowulf and the Volsunga saga. That being said, these are not his only influences on his work; Tolkien himself acknowledged many Catholic theologies and imageries throughout the story, some put in consciously, others subconsciously. Tolkien lived until he was 81 years old, and died on September 2nd, 1973.

Plot Summary

The story retells the adventures of a young Hobbit from the Shire after an evil ring comes into his possession. Frodo Baggins' journey across middle earth to deliver the ring to a council of wise beings who seek to destroy it. Along this journey, Frodo and his company encounter many strange things, places, and people; some of who would end up as close and faithful allies, and others who seek to do the Dark Lord’s work and take the Ring from Frodo, and return it to its true master.