1. How would Tolkien define good? How would he define evil? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Explain the distinction Tolkien makes between knowledge and wisdom.

3. Tolkien was a devout Catholic. What elements of his novel might be traced to a Catholic worldview?

4. Discuss the significance of the fact that Frodo, the Ring-bearer, and his closest companions are Hobbits rather than Elves, Men, or some other, more powerful race.

5. What does Sauron’s Ruling Ring signify?