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

The Return of The King (1955)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Series: The Lord of the Rings (3)

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The little hobbit and his trusty companion make a terrible journey to the heart of the land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron.
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    Oswald: Return of the King by Edoardo Albert (heidialice)
    heidialice: Oswald is a tribute to Tolkien and his scholarship, and while strictly historical (fiction) with no fantasy elements, is in my opinion a worthy companion read!
  2. 23
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (PaperbackPirate)
    PaperbackPirate: contains many Lord of the Rings references

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An excellent read, as expected. The storytelling technique was definitely a bit different than what you would see today. Like the previous book, the adventures of Frodo and Sam were split off into a completely different book from those of the other characters (up until they converge in the end, of course). Also, the end lasted much longer than I would have expected. Nearly every character brought up in the whole trilogy gets revisited at the end, and there's even a little mini-plot that unfolds once they return to the Shire. Nowadays, books tend to wrap up in probably 20-30 pages after the climax, so that was a bit of a surprise.

I will say that I also didn't take the time to read the appendices. They were very long (~150 pages) and being in school with very little free time, I spent want to spend it studying, even if it's studying Middle Earth history. That said, I would like to go back and read them some time in the future when I'm not so pressed for proper relaxation. ( )
  NovelInsights | Sep 21, 2019 |
Finalizando la Obra Maestra del Profesor Tolkien El Señor de los Anillos: El Retorno del Rey (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) es aquí donde termina este viaje a Tierra Media, donde la esperanza se vuelve realidad, donde el "descoronado" se vuelve rey...

¡Un épico final! ( )
  RafaTenochca | Sep 10, 2019 |
I'll give this four *s, but grudgingly. Basically, I got tired of the trilogy by the time I got to this volume. The first half of this third volume was a rather tough slog. The Hobbit is written like a bed-time story, and has lots of variety. As a consequence, it's a very fun read. But the first half of this book is all about battles of the forces of good versus evil, is full of tedious battle scenes, and written in the ponderous style of ancient legends of days of yore with lots of valorous deeds, archaic language, and so forth. So, it's not nearly so charming to read. The parts with the hobbits going along, working out their destinies, is ok. So, half of this volume, the Frodo-and-Sam bits aren't so bad, but the the battle-over-Gondor bits are pretty awful. The basic concept of The Lord of the Rings makes for an interesting tale. But the writing can get tedious.

So basically, Tolkein had jumped the shark by the time he got to his third volume. Interestingly, Peter Jackson's adaptation follows suit. Whereas the first two volumes of the trilogy each take up a single VCR tape, the third volume requires two VCR tapes to retell (even though the third volume is the shortest of the three books). Yup, lots more gratuitous gory battle scenes. I'm sick unto death of the glorification of killing things as being the only endeavors that are worth while. Yes, I understand that killing things is the only way to defeat evil in the set up of this story. But, I have a feeling this kind of mind set helps contribute to the mindless militarism of our current American culture. There are other ways to overcome evil. The problem is, one has to plan ahead a bit. That, of course is not something we're good at. Hell, we can't even plan ahead to overcome controllable evils, such as anthropogenic climate change. ( )
  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
Hello, a classic whether you love Fantasy or not! ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
The third and final volume of The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King brings the story to a close as many of the original fellowship fight the war for Gondor against the evil of Sauron, eventually Gandalf, Aragorn and the other Captains of the West lead their army right to the Black Gate of Mordor where a messenger of Sauron displays Frodo and Sam’s belongings and demands their surrender. Gandalf sees through the deception and the battle begins. Sam and Frodo, meanwhile escape from the orcs that had captured them and although they are extremely tired and the ring is taking it’s toll, they continue on with their quest. Unknown to them, is the fact that they are being shadowed by the Gollum determined to get his “precious” back. It is now a question of timing. Can Frodo stand against the lure of the ring and destroy it? Thank heavens he has the loyal Samwise at his side watching out for him.

The Return of the King is a great ending to this tale and I was pleased with the satisfying closure that Tolkien gave his characters. All the loose threads were gathered but not tightly tied, there were some floating ends that could be expanded upon if he so desired. I can now fully appreciate the love that this treasured tale has generated since it’s original publication. With it’s adventurous story, descriptive narrative, and fascinating characters Lord of the Rings is indeed fantasy at it’s best. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 1, 2019 |
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Nobody seems to have a moderate opinion: either, like myself, people find it a masterpiece of its genre or they cannot abide it . . . The demands made on the writer's powers in an epic as long as 'The Lord of the Rings' are enormous . . . but I can only say that Mr. Tolkien has proved equal to them.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Tolkien, J. R. R.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andersson, ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blok, CorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Domènech, LuisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaughan, JackCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hildebrandt, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hildebrandt, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horne, MatildeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howe, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Inglis, RobNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juva, KerstiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lauzon, DanielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ledoux, FrancisTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrill, RowenaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ohlmarks, ÅkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olsson, LottaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, PanuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schuchart, MaxTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Pippin looked out from the shelter of Gandalf's cloak. He wondered if he was awake or still sleeping, still in the swift-moving dream in which he had been wrapped so long since the great ride began.
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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 Volume III, The Return of the King; please do not combine it with any other part(s) or with Tolkien's complete work, each of which have LT Works pages of their own.

CAUTION: It appears that most copies of the title O Senhor dos Anéis: O Retorno do Rei in Portuguese translation are the complete Volume III of "The Lord of the Rings," published in English as The Return of the King. However, a Brazilian edition of the same title reportedly includes only the second part (of two) of Volume III, roughly corresponding to Book Six of the larger Work, The End of the Third Age; see O Senhor dos Anéis. Please be mindful of the difference, and only combine records for Works having the same content. Thank you.
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While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarmed out to conquer all Middle-earth, Frodo and Sam struggled deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron’s power. To defeat the Dark Lord, the accursed Ring of Power had to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. But the way was impossibly hard, and Frodo was weakening. Weighed down by the compulsion of the Ring he began finally to despair.
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Frodo destroys Ring/
Sauron gone forever more/
Carry on, dear Sam

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