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Overview

This special three-in-one SparkNote covers all three books of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King individually. This volume gives you key information on:
  • Summaries of every chapter and thorough Analysis
  • Explanation of the key Themes, Motifs, and Symbols
    • The Ambiguity of Evil
    • Fellowship
    • Redemption
    • Songs and Singing
    • The Natural World
    • The Ring
  • Detailed Character Analysis of these important characters:
    • Frodo Baggins
    • Sam Gamgee
    • Gandalf
    • Aragorn
    • Pippin Took
    • Gollum
  • Key Facts about the Work
  • Author's Historical Context
  • Identification and explanation of Important Quotations
  • A 25-question review Quiz, Study Questions and Essay Topics to help you prepare for papers and tests

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Created by Harvard students for students everywhere, SparkNotes is a new breed of study guide: smarter, better, faster. Geared to what today's students need to know, SparkNotes provides chapter-by-chapter analysis; explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols; and a review quiz and essay topics. Lively and accessible, these guides are perfect for late-night studying and writing papers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586637903
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: SparkNotes Literature Guide Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Context 1
The Fellowship of the Ring 5
Plot Overview 7
Character List 10
The Fellowship 10
Enemies and Malevolent Beings 11
Elves 13
Hobbits 14
Other Allies and Benevolent Beings 15
Historical Figures 15
Analysis of Major Characters 17
Frodo Baggins 17
Sam Gamgee 18
Gandalf the Grey 18
Aragorn 19
Themes, Motifs & Symbols 20
Themes 20
The Corrupting Influence of Power 20
The Inevitability of Decline 21
The Power of Myth 21
Motifs 22
Songs and Singing 22
The Road 22
Prophecy 23
Symbols 24
The Rings of Power 24
The Sword of Elendil 24
The Mirror of Galadriel 25
Summary & Analysis 26
Prologue 26
Book I, Chapter 1 28
Book I, Chapter 2 32
Book I, Chapter 2 (continued) 34
Book I, Chapters 3-4 37
Book I, Chapters 5-6 40
Book I, Chapter 7 44
Book I, Chapter 8 47
Book I, Chapters 9-10 49
Book I, Chapter 11 52
Book I, Chapter 12 54
Book II, Chapter 1 57
Book II, Chapter 2 58
Book II, Chapter 3 63
Book II, Chapter 4 65
Book II, Chapters 5-6 67
Book II, Chapter 7 72
Book II, Chapter 8 74
Book II, Chapter 9 76
Book II, Chapter 10 79
Important Quotations Explained 82
Key Facts 86
Study Questions & Essay Topics 89
Study Questions 89
Suggested Essay Topics 92
Review & Resources 93
Quiz 93
The Two Towers 99
Plot Overview 101
Character List 103
The Fellowship 103
Enemies and Malevolent Beings 104
Men 106
Other Allies and Benevolent Beings 106
Analysis of Major Characters 108
Frodo Baggins 108
Sam Gamgee 109
Gandalf the White 109
Pippin Took 110
Gollum 111
Themes, Motifs & Symbols 112
Themes 112
The Decay of Civilization 112
The Value of Fellowship 112
Duty 113
Motifs 113
Songs and Singing 113
The Natural World 114
Suspicion 114
Symbols 115
The Two Towers 115
The Palantir 116
Pippin's Pipe 117
The Dead Marshes 117
Summary & Analysis 119
Book III, Chapter 119
Book III, Chapter 2 121
Book III, Chapter 3 124
Book III, Chapter 4 126
Book III, Chapters 5-6 129
Book III, Chapters 7-8 132
Book III, Chapters 9-11 136
Book IV, Chapter 1 139
Book IV, Chapter 2 142
Book IV, Chapter 3 144
Book IV, Chapter 4 146
Book IV, Chapter 5 149
Book IV, Chapter 6 151
Book IV, Chapters 7-8 154
Book IV, Chapters 9-10 157
Important Quotations Explained 161
Key Facts 166
Study Questions & Essay Topics 169
Study Questions 169
Suggested Essay Topics 172
Review & Resources 173
Quiz 173
The Return of the King 179
Plot Overview 181
Character List 183
The Fellowship 183
Enemies and Malevolent Beings 184
Men 186
Elves 187
Hobbits 188
Other Allies and Benevolent Beings 188
Analysis of Major Characters 189
Frodo Baggins 189
Sam Gamgee 189
Gandalf the White 190
Aragorn 191
Themes, Motifs & Symbols 192
Themes 192
The Ambiguity of Evil 192
The Importance of Redemption 193
The Priority of Friendship 193
Motifs 194
Geography 194
Race and Physical Appearance 195
The Christ Figure 195
Symbols 196
The Ring 196
Minas Tirith 196
The Great Eye of Sauron 197
Summary & Analysis 198
Book V, Chapter 1 198
Book V, Chapter 2 202
Book V, Chapter 3 205
Book V, Chapter 4 207
Book V, Chapter 4 (Continued) 209
Book V, Chapter 5 211
Book V, Chapter 6 213
Book V, Chapters 7-8 216
Book V, Chapter 9 219
Book V, Chapter 10 221
Book VI, Chapter 1 224
Book VI, Chapter 2 226
Book VI, Chapter 3 228
Book VI, Chapter 4 231
Book VI, Chapter 5 233
Book VI, Chapters 6-7 235
Book VI, Chapters 8-9 238
Important Quotations Explained 242
Key Facts 248
Study Questions & Essay Topics 251
Study Questions 251
Suggested Essay Topics 254
Review & Resources 255
Quiz 255
Suggestions for Further Reading 260
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  • Posted January 20, 2009

    Very Helpful! I would DEFINITLY recomend this to ANYONE!!

    Lord of the Rings (3-in-1) (SparkNotes Literature Guide)<BR/>by Savannah Olenick<BR/>Reader Rating: <BR/>See Detailed Ratings<BR/><BR/>June 18, 2003: This was pretty insightful I thought, with great essays and articles. However, there were some mistakes. For instance, Eowyn is Theoden's 'sister-daughter' (aka niece, NOT his wife (as whoever was the author supposed...this was a quiz question, even!)<BR/><BR/>Lord of the Rings (3-in-1) (SparkNotes Literature Guide)<BR/>by Savannah Olenick<BR/>Reader Rating: <BR/>See Detailed Ratings<BR/><BR/>December 19, 2002: This is a great guide to the Lord of the Rings whether you already read all the books or if you just saw the movies and want to know more about them. It gives really thorough background about the characters and themes and Middle-earth and what Tolkien was trying to say in the Lord of the Rings. The only thing I can think of thats missing is a map of Middle-earth or a glossary. But even without those there's a ton of info that will give you a lot of depth about Tolkien's books<BR/><BR/><BR/>But, you can go onto http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/fellowship and get ALL this information for free! Don't get me wrong, This book is great when your on the go or at school or work. But if you spend your time taking notes AT HOME than just copy the link above and paste it in your browser. Its that easy!<BR/><BR/>OVERALL RATING:<BR/>*****<BR/>(five stars)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2003

    Good overall, but some mistakes

    This was pretty insightful I thought, with great essays and articles. However, there were some mistakes. For instance, Eowyn is Theoden's 'sister-daughter' (aka niece, NOT his wife (as whoever was the author supposed...this was a quiz question, even!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    Nice gift for Tolkien fans

    This is a great guide to the Lord of the Rings whether you already read all the books or if you just saw the movies and want to know more about them. It gives really thorough background about the characters and themes and Middle-earth and what Tolkien was trying to say in the Lord of the Rings. The only thing I can think of thats missing is a map of Middle-earth or a glossary. But even without those there's a ton of info that will give you a lot of depth about Tolkien's books.

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