When should you use "the" in book titles?

For example "The Lord of The Rings" is about that one lord of those rings.

So just in terms of grammar, are both "The Lords of the Rings" and "Lords of the Rings" correct? In this case I imagine the latter implies there are a bunch of lords of the rings. If I'm wrong please correct me, thanks.

  • It's Lord not Lords; there's no plural in the title (ever), so why should there be a bunch of lords of the rings? – Rand al'Thor Sep 9 '15 at 16:17
  • I'm talking about grammar, not Tolkien's work. chasly from UK had answered my question before your comment. – Bitsnapper Sep 10 '15 at 19:16

"The Lords of the Rings" is grammatically correct. It refers to a particular group of lords. There is a nuance of history about it that suggests the people involved have all been accounted for in the title. Similarly a book called "The Kings and Queens of England" would be expected to cover every monarch up to the time of publication.

"Lords of the Rings" is also correct. As a title it is less well-defined than the one with a definite article. It could mean the same as the above but it may refer to a more fluid or partial situation.

There is no strict rule for titles that I am aware of - it's up to the author.

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