The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy novel written by the English academic J. R. R. Tolkien. It is one of the most popular works in 20th-century literature and Enya's favourite book.
Cover of The Lord Of The Rings book trilogy.
The story of the The Lord of the Rings takes place in the imaginary Third Age of Middle-earth. The lands of Middle-earth are populated by Men (humans) and other humanoid races (Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs), as well as many real and fantastical creatures. The story centres on the Ring of Power made by the Dark Lord Sauron. Starting from quiet beginnings in the Shire, the story ranges across Middle-earth and follows the course of the War of the Ring through the eyes of its characters, most notably the central protagonist Frodo Baggins.
The immense and enduring popularity of The Lord of the Rings has led to numerous references in popular culture, and has inspired (and continues to inspire) artwork, music, films and television, video games, and subsequent literature. Adaptations of The Lord of the Rings have been made for radio, theatre, and film.
LotR movie trilogy poster.
The 2001/2003 release of the widely acclaimed Lord of the Rings film trilogy prompted a new surge of interest in The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's other works.
A number of rock, classical and New Age music artists have also been influenced by Tolkien's work. Enya wrote an instrumental piece called "Lothlórien" in 1991, for Shepperd Moons, and composed two songs for the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "May It Be" and "Aníron".