Hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a mysterious gold ring from Bilbo Baggins (the hero of the enchanting prelude, The Hobbit). The ring is actually the one ring of power, forged by Morgoth with the unwitting help of the High Elves long ago. The one ring rules the three lesser rings, which bring all the beauty and magic to Middle Earth. The one ring itself is pure evil, and is now coveted by the evil Sauron, a lesser servant of the vanquished Morgoth. Sauron knows that the one ring has reappeared in Middle Earth (it was won during a riddling game by Bilbo Baggins in the first book in the series, The Hobbit). The ring must be destroyed, and so a fellowship of nine companions sets out to take the ring to Mount Doom, the only place with a fire hot enough to melt the ring. The companions include the hobbits, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin, Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Boromir, eldest son of Denethor II, the Stweward of Gondor, Aragorn, the heir to Isildur’s throne, and the powerful wizard, Gandalf the Grey. The trilogy follows the path of the fellowship, as they meet incredible adventures and face terrible trials along the way.