Which of these sentences is correct?
I am playing a “the Lord of the Rings” game.
I am playing a “Lord of the Rings” game.
And which of these is correct?
I want to watch some “the Lord of the Rings.”
I want to watch some “Lord of the Rings.”
I am having a dilemma here. I feel like we could say these sentences with or without the article. Normally, the books/franchise is called “the Lord of the Rings”, but in these sentences it might be weird to use the. But using the proper intonation/pause we may get away with it? I don’t know. What do you think?
Context: In the first pair of sentences what I mean is that I am playing a video game from the Lord of the Rings franchise. In the second one, I mean I want to watch some parts from the Lord of the Rings movies.
It’s true that, in casual conversation, we treat many titles that start with the this way. We delete the the if it is grammatically awkward:
Here’s your [The] Princess Bride DVD that I borrowed.
I found some new [The] Avengers deleted scenes!
For that matter, casual conversation often routinely deletes the the from these titles even if it’s not grammatically awkward: Stephen Colbert and friends proudly declare that "Lord of the Rings is the number-one ‘trilly’."
This usage is unlikely to ruffle any reasonable feathers in all but the most formal, academic contexts. In those, it’s best to reword the sentence so that the the is convenient:
I returned his DVD of The Princess Bride.