By the numbers:
LOTR is approx. the third best selling novel of all time.
The Hobbit is approx. the fourth best selling novel of all time.
The three films are in the top 30 grossing films all time.
The franchise as a whole is the seventh highest grossing franchise all time.
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by that criteria 50 Shades of Grey/Gray is a major literary work. Along with all L Ron Hubbard's works.
Or in my case all three?