The Lord of the Rings is not a good example of a trilogy, since it is not a series, but one continuous book which was published in three parts. In fact, it consists of SIX books, each published edition being divided into two separate books. The first two "books" of the Lord of the Rings do not have a conclusion of any kind, meaning they are dependent on the other books, and do not stand alone. A trilogy is three separate and self sufficient works which are closely related. Thus, a better example of a trilogy is the first (or second) Star Wars trilogy, each movie being self-sufficient, yet closely related to the others. For those of a more classical bent, an excellent example is Sophocles' Thebean trilogy of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. — This unsigned comment was added by (talk • changes) on 20:40, 18 February 2006.