The saga was not to end with Bilbo and the gang. Also in 1963, the sequel to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, was published. In the years that followed, the three part saga was read as a single novel by Tolkien's generation and many after it; they were also read as a trilogy by those who had not read Tolkien's other novels but were excited at the prospect of reading about hobbits. While its narrative is rich, it lacks something. What am I talking about?
One could argue that the narrative arc of The Lord of the Rings is too streamlined. It seems that at the start, it could be argued that the story is somewhere between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings--ie, a prequel. In The Lord of the Rings, the hobbits leave the Shire and are joined by other characters. Then the narrative flows directly to the events of the events of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers in which Frodo, Gollum, Pippin, Merry, and Sam travel to Mordor, meet Gandalf the Grey, and engage in the epic battle at the gates of Mordor. The narrative of The Lord of the Rings 827ec27edc