||The LOTR Movie Site
February 9, 2001
Answer to Laura, Re: Trilogy
Laura questions whether it is proper to call LotR a
"trilogy", since the three books really comprise a single story, or book.
I'd respond to Laura that she is focusing too carefully on the rhetoric. For
decades, LotR has been referred to as a trilogy, and this common usage has entered into
the vernacular. So, we call it a trilogy.
I don't have the books in front of me, but my recollection is that Tolkien actually
divided them internally into six books, i.e., first book ending with Frodo's flight to the
ford, third book ending with Gandalf and Pippin racing off to Gondor. I don't like
the sound of the latin-based word for six books, so I won't state it here.
"Trilogy" sounds just fine.