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The Lord of the Rings Series
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Illustrator: Alan Lee
Number of Books in Series: 3
Age Group: 12 years and up

Reading Level: AR Levels 6.1-6.3
GLE 8.1-9.0
F&P/GRL estimated P-R
DRA estimated 60
Lexile® measure 810L-920L

Centuries ago, The Dark Lord Sauron, in his quest to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth, created the One Ring that rules the other Rings of Power. As the series begins, Frodo Baggins inherits the ring from Bilbo, both unaware of its power and origins, and begins a dangerous journey.


Lord of the Rings Book List:



This series should be read in the correct order listed here.

Book 1: The Fellowship of the Ring
Ages 12 and up. 1954.
AR: 6.1 (29.0 Points, Quiz #737);  GLE: 8.1
Lexile measure: 860L

Book 2: The Two Towers
Ages 12 and up. 1954.
AR: 6.3 (23.0 Points, Quiz #5295);  GLE: 8.4
Lexile measure: 810L

Book 3: The Return of the King
Ages 12 and up. 1955.
AR: 6.2 (22.0 Points, Quiz #5286);  GLE: 9
Lexile measure: 920L

Companion Book: The Hobbit
Ages 8 and up. 1937.
AR: 6.6 (16.0 Points, Quiz #511)

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 3 Books


List of Awards:

1938 New York Herald Tribune Best Juvenile Story of the Season
1957 International Fantasy Award


Best Seller Lists:

New York Times best-seller list
USA Today best-seller list


Film/Television/Theatrical Adaptations:

1978 Animated Film: J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
1980 Animated TV Special: The Return of the King
2001 Live-Action Movie: The Fellowship of the Ring
2002 Live-Action Movie: The Two Towers
2003 Live-Action Movie: The Return of the King
2006-2007 Musical: The Lord of the Rings
2012 Live-Action Movie: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2013 Live-Action Movie: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2014 Live-Action Movie: The Hobbit: There and Back Again


Other Websites for Additional Information:

Official or Publisher Website for The Lord of the Rings Series
Author Website for J. R. R. Tolkien




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