The Lord of the Rings
Want a study guide too?
One video to rule them all. One video to find them. One video to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. Or something like that. The Lord of the Rings trilogy revolves around that one ring. Will the ring bring darkness or light, precious?
|Author||Tolkien - J. R. R. Tolkien|
|Early 20th-Century Literature||Early 20th-Century British Literature|
|Themes||Compassion and Forgiveness|
Good vs. Evil
Language and Communication
War and Warfare
Women and Femininity
What are our 'rings'? What are we carrying with us?
In Lord of the Rings, Frodo's ring holds a power over him, sometimes forcing him to act
like... someone else.
Do all of our digital gadgets and doo-dads possess us in a similar way?
Seems there are rings everywhere you look. Do our 'rings' often steer us to where we're
going? Like Frodo's journey to Mordor. Or are we letting these 'rings' and 'circles'
distract and tempt us... What does it all mean?
Do we have to travel all the way to Mordor and toss our rings into its fires to be rid
of them once and for all? It seems there will always be temptation.
Even the heroic Boromir couldn't resist the ring's allure.
There will always be tough choices. And we'll always have to choose between giving
in to the temptation of our rings... ...and fighting their urges, so they don't
take over our lives. Poor Gollum didn't even see it coming.
So, can we control the rings? Or do our rings...
...our circles of power... ...have a hold on us?
Will we be Lords of our own Rings? Shmoop Amongst Yourselves.