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The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Return of the King (original 1954; edition 2011)

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Title:The Return of the King
Authors:J.R.R. Tolkien
Info:HarperCollins (2011), Paperback
Tags:fantasy, high fantasy

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The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)

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It's not a perfect book/collection of books, but it was such a pleasure to travel through Middle Earth with my children as I read this aloud to them over the past two months. They are remarkably forgiving of my mangled and inconsistent pronunciation of all things Elvish and the random tunes to which I sang all of the songs. I wonder if they will be so forgiving if I read this to them again in a couple of years or if we've just hit the sweet spot at which they both understand enough of the story to enjoy it with me but they aren't yet on a sharp lookout for all of the ways that their mother falls short.

Regardless, this reading at this time has been a journey, and I'm grateful that I got to travel it alongside my favorite people. ( )
1 vote ImperfectCJ | Sep 23, 2015 |
This edition should be allowed to summon an extra star, because it's The Lord of the Freakin' Rings, plus it's illustrated with 50 incredible paintings. As in, shiny art plates scattered throughout the book. They're exquisite, and they're an incredible help to someone like me, who has no ability to visualize. Which should earn this edition another extra star.

So -- seven stars for this edition of LOTR. The cover price was $60 when my husband bought it for me years and years ago. It's probably $450,000 now (plus tax and shipping). Buy it anyway. Do what you need to. Sell some family jewels. After all, if this story teaches you anything, it's that inherited jewelry is not something you want to keep around the house. ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
It is with great shame that I must admit the truth. I never read the lord of the rings before. It is therefore obvious that my reading experience would be influenced by the movies, which I watched over and over again. Furthermore, I read the book in english, which is not my mother tongue. Fortunately, having watched the movies so many times proved to be very helpful in this regard. However, it is not too hard to read it in english, as long as you have read other novels in this language before. All I can say is that reading the lord of the rings was a wonderful experience. It took me a very long time, due to the language barrier mentioned before and the length of the book, but it was totally worth it. One of the aspects that I enjoyed the most is usually pointed out to be one of the biggest flaws in the book: the long and detailed descriptions, and the many details given about apparently minor things. But I must say that I enjoyed such writing style. In fact, I felt more compeled to keep reading about road trips than about great battles, that are not so well described in the book. All the lore associated with the lord of the rings world may seem overwhelming at first, but in my opinion it just helps to support the idea that the reader is submerged into a world that is bigger and richer than the book can explain. I can see now why this book is such a classic. ( )
  pablosuau | May 26, 2015 |
A favorite of all time. Read it 4 times before the movies came out. ( )
  kslade | Apr 2, 2015 |
There are many prospective readers who were introduced to Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings through director Peter Jackson’s magnificent trilogy of films (2001-2003). If you enjoyed the movies, you may ask why bother reading the novel. Despite some eleven hours of screen time in its extended cut, Jackson left out a number of sections, including: the truncating of the introductory sections; In The House Of Tom Bombadil (Book I, Chapter 7); The Scouring of the Shire (Book 6, Chapter 8); and The Battle of Bywater. Additionally, the film screenplay did not include the vast storyline addendum contained in the 6 Appendices – chronological, timeline histories revealing the further outcomes of several characters. As a result, the Appendices extended the story several centuries beyond the scope of the films.

For the new reader, The Lord Of The Rings is one very long novel, consisting of 6 books that are grouped in pairs, then arranged in three volumes (The Fellowship Of The Ring; The Two Towers; and The Return of The King); 6 Appendices; an Index and maps. Tolkien packed his novel with many scenes and mini-episodes. Also, the work includes poems/songs and references by characters to ancient tales and books of antiquity. The only way to fully capture the expanse of Tolkien’s saga on film would be via several seasons of a television show. In an extended T.V. series (as in this novel), you may have episodes which stall the forward momentum of a story’s overall arc. In a theatrical film or films, you don’t have this luxury of time.

Reading the entire Lord of The Rings requires time and patience. The narrative proceeds at a very slow pace. At times, the pace comes to a grinding halt. At over a thousand pages, the reading material is vast and challenging, but rewarding. The only thing that may be off putting with the book (and not the films) is the barrage of names that Tolkien throws at you. A number of characters have several names. The first time I read the book, I felt like I needed a scorecard or notes to keep track of the names of people, places and things. This thinly veiled criticism is also what enhances the work – it adds depth.

The entire work consists of over 400,000 words. The reader should be mindful that several editions have been produced over the years, each with its own set of errors and corrections. About five ago, I acquired this 50th Anniversary Edition in one volume for my Kindle. Even this edition was produced in various configurations (3 separate hardcover/paperback volumes; boxset; one volume; e-book). It has a revised text produced in 2002, ‘04; or ‘05, depending on your variant. The over 400 corrections to the text were supervised by Tolkien’s literary executor and son, Christopher Tolkien. At that time, it was the most accurate version produced. The text size in the printed version was small. The advantage with the e-book version is that you can increase the size of the text. It is light and convenient. I don’t have to lug around a heavy, thick paperback or hardcover.

However, a 60th Anniversary Edition was put out in 2014. This latest edition added a fourth volume titled The Lord Of The Rings: A Reader’s Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull. Also, it included the original, 1950s dust covers drawn by Tolkien but never used. Some more corrections were made, mostly with the Companion volume. Thus, you are still in good stead if you have the 50th Anniversary Edition. Have patience and enjoy the journey. ( )
  edwin2garcia-esq | Mar 24, 2015 |
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Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,

Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,

Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,

One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
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When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
I regret to announce that—though, as I said, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to spend among you—this is the END. I am going. I am leaving NOW. GOOD-BYE!
The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far away the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with eager feet,

Until it joins some larger way

Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say.
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 be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too quick to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song.
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J.R.R. Tolkien's complete work The Lord of the Rings consists of six Books, frequently bound in three Volumes, as follow:

Volume I: The Fellowship of the Ring, consisting of Book 1, "The Ring Sets Out" and Book 2, "The Ring Goes South";
Volume II: The Two Towers, consisting of Book 3, "The Treason of Isengard," and Book 4, "The Ring Goes East"; and
Volume III: The Return of the King, consisting of Book 5, "The War of the Ring," and Book 6, "The End of the Third Age," with Appendices.

This LT Work consists of Tolkien's complete work; please do not combine it with any constituent part(s), each of which have LT Works pages of their own.

Also, do not combine with the BBC Radio dramatization (while straight audiobooks are generally considered the same work as the original - dramatizations are often regarded as abridgements that should be kept separate.).

Thank you.

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Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power -- the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring -- the ring that rules them all -- which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
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Halfling bears the Ring
from Bag End womb to Mount Doom,
hence Return of King.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0618640150, Paperback)

A Christian can almost be forgiven for not reading the Bible, but there's no salvation for a fantasy fan who hasn't read the gospel of the genre, J.R.R. Tolkien's definitive three-book epic, the Lord of the Rings (encompassing The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King), and its charming precursor, The Hobbit. That many (if not most) fantasy works are in some way derivative of Tolkien is understood, but the influence of the Lord of the Rings is so universal that everybody from George Lucas to Led Zeppelin has appropriated it for one purpose or another.

Not just revolutionary because it was groundbreaking, the Lord of the Rings is timeless because it's the product of a truly top-shelf mind. Tolkien was a distinguished linguist and Oxford scholar of dead languages, with strong ideas about the importance of myth and story and a deep appreciation of nature. His epic, 10 years in the making, recounts the Great War of the Ring and the closing of Middle-Earth's Third Age, a time when magic begins to fade from the world and men rise to dominance. Tolkien carefully details this transition with tremendous skill and love, creating in the Lord of the Rings a universal and all-embracing tale, a justly celebrated classic. --Paul Hughes

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Presents the epic depicting the Great War of the Ring, a struggle between good and evil in Middle-earth, following the odyssey of Frodo the hobbit and his companions on a quest to destroy the Ring of Power.

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