The Lord of the Rings

Suggestions for Further Reading


How to Cite This SparkNote

Chance, Jane. The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power. New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992.

Haber, Karen, ed. Meditations on Middle-earth. New York: St. Martin’s, 2001.

The Official Lord of the Rings Web Site. Downloaded August 2004.

Sibley, Brian. The Making the Movie Trilogy (The Lord of the Rings). Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002.

Smith, Mark Eddy. Tolkien’s Ordinary Virtues: Exploring the Spiritual Themes of The Lord of the Rings. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Stanton, Michael N. Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards: Exploring the Wonders and Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Strachey, Barbara. Journey’s of Frodo: An Atlas of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. New York: Ballantine Books, 1981.

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

———. The Lord of the Rings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

———. The Silmarillion. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977.

More symbols and themes

by KeeganTheAwesome, August 08, 2012

Another theme that appears several times in The Lord of the Rings is the conflict between nature and industry. Tolkien had been raised in the countryside and was very attached to nature, so you could understand his disappointment with his fellow humans when industry and machines began taking over. Because of his childhood home, he made a noticeable connection between evil and metal by making the Shire a rural place and filling Mordor and Isengard (the antagonists) with machines, forges, fire, wheels, and other objects associated with manufac... Read more


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Slight Error

by Wholock903, May 26, 2014

Smeagol was not a Hobbit, he was one of the Fisher Folk, a race that are close to the Hobbits, and they lived in the Shire still, beside the river.


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A minor correction

by nayomayo, April 04, 2015

While, yes, it is correct to say Aragorn rules over two kingdoms of men (namely Gondor and Arnor), he does not and never does rule over Rohan. The land on which Rohan is located did previously belong to Gondor centuries ago but was gifted to the Rohirrim to claim as their own. Rohan is its own kingdom and no longer is subject to the rule of Gondor's King. Rohan and Gondor are still linked through their strong alliance or the Oath of Ceorl.


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