The Lord of the Rings

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Tolkien's beloved story and the new film adaptation

by Laura Hayes
"One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."
—Inscription on the One Ring of Sauron




The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale is perhaps the best-loved fantasy story ever written. Now, nearly 50 years after it first captivated readers, it comes to cinematic life in a three-film motion-picture event.

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For those of you that need to brush up on your Middle-earth lore, we offer a guide to characters and places as well as a timeline of Middle-earth history.

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