The One Ring


The One RingJealousy was mine, and avarice, and hate.  Covetous and coveted, I brought together in friendship those I sought to destroy, forging bonds I was created to sunder. Now, coveted still, I am unmade.

This post was written in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge  weekend prompt:

Retell your favorite book.  In 33 words. 

The hard part for me was picking a favorite book. This is just one of my favorites, and many would argue that it is actually three books, or even more. But I own them in one volume, so I’m considering this one book. Alternatively, my response works for just the third of the trilogy.

19 thoughts on “Unmade

  1. chriswhitewrites says:

    Wow! I love it, the perfect summation of Lord of the Rings – and to focus on the Ring as the primary character had never occurred to me. I had no idea how to write one of these retellings…but now I do.


  2. Lori says:

    Like you, my difficulty would have been in choosing which book to rewrite. Choosing an epic was bold. Choosing your voice was brilliant.


  3. Cipriano says:

    One of my definitely all-time favorite books, too. And, like you — yes, I count it as one book, even though I have all three in separate volumes, along with the inimitable prequel — and, one ginormous single volume, too.
    I’ve read it twice, and the last time through, followed along with a book of detailed maps. It is truly an unparalleled adventure!
    Great work with your 33 words.


    • Christine says:

      I have lost count of how many times I have read and re-read these books. I own them in a couple of editions – some lovely hardbacks, and some dog-eared paperbacks, with and without maps. What I love is that it inspired an entire genre, and many of the works that follow have surpassed even this most venerable and seminal work. Amazing stuff.


  4. Michael says:

    Oh, I like this. I actually have the trilogy on audiobook, with a wonderful narrator who sings all the songs. It’s epic, in the classic sense of the word.


    • Christine says:

      Sweeeet! I adore audiobooks. I am not sure why I don’t have this one (unless it’s not available on, which would explain it). Who is the narrator? The narrator for A Song for Arbonne (Guy Gavriel Kay) sings all the songs in that one, and has a lovely voice.


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