Continuing the story started in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring the film's exclusive cover image, the definitive text, and a detailed Middle Earth map.
Sauron, the Dark Lord, gathered all the Rings of Power to him—the means by wh... ich he intends to rule Middle Earth. All that he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring – the ring that rules all of them – that has fallen into the hobbit's hands, Bilbo Baggins.
Young Frodo Baggins finds himself facing an immense task in a sleepy village in the Shire, because his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. To destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose, Frodo must leave his home and make a dangerous journey across the Middle Earth to the Cracks of Doom.
The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.
Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
You cannot pass," he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. "I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.