The Return of the King

The Return of the King

Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings

Book - 2008
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The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents.

Gandalf returned, miraculously, and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo progressed towards Mordor to destroy the Ring, accompanied by Smagol - Gollum, still obsessed by his 'preciouss'. After a battle with the giant spider, Shelob, Sam left his master for dead; but Frodo is still alive - in the hands of the orcs. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

JRR Tolkien's great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2008.
ISBN: 9780007269723
Characteristics: 1567 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) , maps ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lee, Alan


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The Return of the King is probably my favorite part of the Lord of the Rings. It's the book where everything comes together and the stakes are high. Every time I read through, I get chills, and I feel the same emotions that the characters are feeling.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Apr 12, 2018

As I was reading the Lord of the Rings, a quote continuously came to mind. It is a quote from C.S. Lewis' review of this book, "a reviewer need say little, except that here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart." It is stunning to watch these books unfold and become enveloped in the world presented therein. Such craft and artistry is largely unmatched, but oft imitated, and special because of how much dedication it took to pull the whole thing off. Tolkien walked away from his "trilogy" (really one novel in six parts divided into three books) having crafted something incredibly special -- something which only he could have made. Every inch of the world was a portion of his palette, and no inch of it went unpainted it seems.

One very interesting detail is how the various countries of men (humans) speak in the novel. The halflings, those of the west and the Shire, favor a very folksy, contemporary-to-Tolkien, down-home English. Meanwhile, the folk of Rohan speak a very formal, almost archaic English, using "thee" and "thou" at times. Gondor, meanwhile, speaks a very formal, although less archaic language. It is interesting how Tolkien draws these lines linguistically, carefully distinguishing between his people groups. Absolutely fascinating. Finally, there is such beautiful philosophical and theological insight in this novel that one will often find himself floored by what he reads.

It is unfortunate that the novel slows down dramatically after the war when the hobbits return home and must save the Shire. There is nothing particularly wrong with this narrative development, and it actually serves as a nice wind-down from the main war, but it feels as though it goes on just a moment too long. On the one hand, it serves to prove that war touches everything (even beautiful places like the Shire), but on the other hand it somewhat hurts the book in its final pages. Yet, even so, the book is so full of beauty that it surpasses this minor bump in the road, and the final chapter is one of incredible beauty and depth.

All I can think is:

'I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.’

Jan 27, 2018

A great final book in the trilogy. You have to read this!!!

acardona305 Jan 13, 2018

A solid conclusion to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This book offers the most detail on the land of Middle Earth through the various appendices. The conclusion to the story is extremely satisfying as Tolkien wraps up all loose ends and ensures that the trilogy comes to a happy ending. If you read the previous two, do yourself a favor and finish the story.

Aug 02, 2017

Very depressing at the end, much over-description. By the middle of this book, I was like please-stop-going-on-and-on-about-this-person-and-that-place. A great story, though; very Christian :) I love stories with Christian morals!!!

Jun 13, 2017

This was an awesome finale in this trilogy. I definitely recommend this book.

Marinetti Apr 12, 2017

The Return Of The King is an excellent book. It wraps up The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and then provides a wealth of knowledge of the characters and Middle Earth history as well.

Mar 22, 2017

This book and series wasn't exactly what I was expecting. There was excitement, action and adventure, but always under a subdued tone. The fighting scenes were intense but then the same amount of page space would be given to the armies travelling from one place to another. There was a large emphasis in Aragorn's character which was really neat. When it came to Sam and Frodo, I felt as though their story in this book was way more exciting and intriguing than the Two Towers which made it easier to read.
The ending is how one would expect it to be which I felt was comforting. There was a big part that I don't remember being in the movies that happened in the book but it also added to the story.
It's pretty sad to see these characters go, but at least I can watch the movies over and over again to remind myself how great this series is.

Aug 03, 2016

Tolkien's final installment of his classic Lord of the Rings trilogy has its moments of greatness, but overall it's too similar to the previous book in that it's too weighed down by the extended narratives of minor characters. The events surrounding Gondor, the Battle of Pelennor Fields and the rise of Aragorn are crucial, but the heart and soul of the story, and of the whole series, is the against-all-odds journey of Frodo and Sam into the heart of Doom. Their tale is what elevates the Lord of the Rings onto the 'Best of Fantasy' pedestal. Without that anchor, it's too easy to get lost in the weeds of everything else. And, my god, I forgot how much story there is between the ring tumbling into the fires of Mordor and Frodo setting off across the sea. If it weren't for that brilliant final chapter, The Grey Havens, Return of the King might well have run out of steam.

Jul 07, 2016

I enjoyed this book because it had a lot of action in it and it was very creepy, and I like creepy books.

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Oct 29, 2019

“In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.”

Oct 29, 2019

“But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”

Oct 29, 2019

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

Jul 07, 2016

“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Jul 30, 2015

'I have a sword ', said Merry, climbing from his seat and drawing from its black sheath his small, bright blade. Filled suddenly with love for this old man, he knelt on one knee and took his hand and kissed it. 'May I lay the sword of Meriadoc of the Shire on your lap, Theoden, King?' he cried,'Receive my service, Iff you will!'.
Gladly will I take it, said the king...'As a father you shall be to me', said Merry.
'For a little while,' said Theoden

Jul 28, 2015

This book is the best book I have and will ever read!! :)

Jul 20, 2015

And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.

"Above all shadows rides the sun"--Samwise Gamgee

Jul 15, 2014

my own,
my precious

angiem99 May 01, 2013

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost,
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall waken,
From the shadows a light shall spring,
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

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ryanjames1995 Nov 12, 2009

J.R.R. Tolkien one again demonstrates his brilliance as he concludes his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Frodo and Sam make the final journey to Mount Doom, to attempt to cast the Great Ring into the fires where it was forged, and overthrow the evil Sauron forever.

Meanwhile, the great Battle of Helm`s Deep done, Aragorn, Eomer, Faramir, and the other hobbits much make the trip to Gondor, and fearlessly confront the Nazgul and their orc hordes as Minas Tirith is laid under siege.

This is one of the greatest conclusions to a series in the history of literature.

lms Apr 30, 2008

" In the concluding volume of the trilogy Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the land of the Shadows in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron." (Novelist reviews)


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Jan 27, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: In a scene, Orcs catapult the heads of Gondors soldiers they killed, into the streets of Gondor.

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