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Is the word "the" in the title necessary? Would it make a difference if the title was "Book of Five Rings"? I've seen many "Book of ..." titles, both with and without "the", and I can't understand its purpose.

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The is there because the author chose that it should be there. Book titles are not subject to any rules of grammar at all. You may title a book whatever you want and you cannot be wrong.

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  • And this being the case, questions about naming (eg books) are off-topic. Dec 4 '20 at 16:45
  • Only once the "rule" has been stated: prior to that, it was a valid question :)
    – Greybeard
    Dec 4 '20 at 17:37
  • No; questions about titles, most lyrics etc are off-topic precisely because they don't follow standard rules, and analysis / acceptability debates become meaningless exercises. Dec 4 '20 at 19:06
  • Interesting: could you point me to that rule? It seems a little Alice in Wonderland; as (i) the OP did not know until he was told and (ii) if you close for that reason - which is off-topic - you answer his question.
    – Greybeard
    Dec 4 '20 at 20:32
  • But please, don’t ask any questions about the following topics. They are out of scope for this site.... Naming. [ELU.Meta] And It seems that the overarching guideline is that questions should be objective enough that they can have a "correct" answer, to avoid being "Primarily Opinon Based." This means an answer 'X is right', or 'X is wrong', not 'X can be anything, no matter how right- or wrong-looking, the author likes'. And this . Dec 5 '20 at 12:02

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