a book in three parts (1954-5) by J R R Tolkien. It features some of the characters from an earlier book, The Hobbit (1937), and tells of their long journey to a place where they can destroy a magic ring. It is set in the imaginary world of Middle Earth. The book is popular with adults and children in many countries around the world. Three films have been made based on the three parts of the book: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), which won 11 Oscars.