Study Guide

The Two Towers What's Up With the Epigraph?

By J.R.R. Tolkien

What's Up With the Epigraph?

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for the Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
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.

For more on this epigraph, which appears at the beginning of each of the three books in the Lord of the Rings cycle, check out our learning guide for The Fellowship of the Ring.