Rank The Lord of the Rings Books from Best to Worst

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The Lord of the Rings via New Line Cinema

The Lord of the Rings is a three-part fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It originally developed as a sequel to his book, The Hobbit, but grew into something much more powerful. The epic trilogy has sold over 150 million copies worldwide. Each part tells a unique tale of the dangers encountered amidst the struggle for power between good and evil. Die hard The Lord of the Rings fans will tell you that each of the three volumes are everything but similar.

All sorts of magical creatures come to life in The Lord of the Rings books. Whether you've read them through once, or what feels like a million times, you can definitely pick out a favorite. So which one is it? Don't let destiny choose this one for you, go ahead and vote on your favorite (and least favorite) The Lord of the Rings book. Go ahead and see how many others agree with you, you might be surprised!

  • The Two Towers

    Community Score: 4
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers via New Line Cinema

    The Lord of the Rings saga continues in its second volume, The Two Towers. It picks up on Frodo's dangerous quest with The Fellowship to destroy the One Ring once and for all. Amidst the journey, Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin) discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum, who had been corrupted by the One Ring. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), the Elf archer Legolas and Gimli the Dwarf encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom. To add to the chaos, the once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell. It's a fight against time and evil in The Two Towers.

  • The Fellowship Of The Ring

    Community Score: 2
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring via New Line Cinema

    Originally published in 1954, The Fellowship of the Ring kicks off the epic three-volume novel, The Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings, an evil entity named Sauron, the Dark Lord, has a burning desire to reclaim the Ring and use it to enslave the fictional universe of Middle-earth. Powerful forces embark on a quest for the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. However, a young Hobbit by the name of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) inherits the Ring. He is then faced with the task of becoming the Ringbearer, in which he must destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged. This fascinating tale takes readers through the twisted world of unknown secrets and evil forces, where not even the powerful are safe.

  • The Return Of The King

    Community Score: 1
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    In the culmination of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, good and evil come head to head once and for all. The final confrontation between the two forces is a fight for total control over Middle-earth. Hobbits Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their final quest to destroy the One Ring. Meanwhile, Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron's evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith. This unpredictable yet exciting book takes readers on a nail-biting journey through a world unknown. The fate of Middle-earth will finally be unveiled.