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Return of the King (Ace Unauthorized Edition A-6) (original 1955; edition 1964)

by J R R Tolkien

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Title:Return of the King (Ace Unauthorized Edition A-6)
Authors:J R R Tolkien
Info:Ace Books (1964), Edition: 1st Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, 444 pages
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The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (1955)

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The ending, oh, the ending is hard to bear, and it's important to remember that in the films the ending is hard not to fast forward.

Merry and Pippin, who have been our viewpoint characters the whole time, really, come into their own here. They mature, they suffer, they endure loss and fear and gain the respect of their betters. Aragorn, if anything, becomes less interesting the more he grows in stature and nobility, and it's always nice when a hobbit calls him Strider. Gimli and Legolas, oh their blossoming friendship was treated poorly n the film wasn't it? And Frodo and Sam: the hardest test of all is to find the strength to keep plodding through ash and fire for days and days and days, and we feel almost every mile and every hunger pang.

But really, nearly half the book takes place when it' s all over. The long slow journey home. The Scouring. The trip to the Grey Havens. A happy, happy ending, and damn you if you don't blub up. Then, of course, you read the appendices and that time-line at the end that includes the fates of the Fellowship after the War and it's sob, sob, sob.

I loved this as a child. As an adult I'm almost shocked to discover that it was worthy of my love, and still is. I hope to return to Middle earth again some time. Maybe next year. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
@return_king +two_towers ( )
  Lorem | Sep 28, 2015 |
O que dose da trilogia que define a fantasia. Provavelmente a referência de leitura para gerações incontáveis de leitores em todo o mundo. Imperdível ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
Review of The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve finished my reread of The Lord of the Rings! Yes, we has! (in Gollum-speak) The highlight has to be Frodo and Sam climbing Mt. Doom, and then the apocalyptic explosion when the deed is done. (If you haven’t read it or seen the movie, I won’t tell you what that deed is.) Their trek through the sere wilderness around the mountain fills one with thirst and dread. While this third part of the trilogy is deadly serious--as it needs to be--Tolkien still manages to provide comic relief in the form of Orcs. As it turns out, Orcs sound like country yokels when one gets to hear them speak. Their minds are not turned toward the higher things (just saying). In fact, they have a propensity to self-destruct, rather like Looney Tunes characters.

The third part also gives a portrait of one of the few female characters, Eowyn, the shield-maiden who goes to war in the garb of a man, like Brunhilde or the Old Norse valkyries of legend. But Tolkien makes clear that she is out of her element in this male world. In the words of Aragorn, the hero-king, when she is injured in battle, “Alas! For she was pitted against a foe beyond the strength of her mind or body” (848). She is also shown to be out of her depth in her feelings of unrequited love--an emotion that Tolkien portrays almost as a disease, or mental illness. Whatever her flaws, she is the most fully characterized woman in the novel. Aragorn’s true love mainly shows up for the wedding; even the Ent-wives are nowhere to be seen!

Trees and forests, much more than women, play an important role in The Lord of the Rings--and this is no less true in The Return of the King. The area around Mt. Doom is shown to be absent of trees or other growing things, except thorny brambles. The most stunning evidence of destructive industrialization when the Hobbits return home is the loss of the trees; in their place is a great chimney and “a great brick building straddling the stream, which it fouled with a streaming and stinking outflow” (993). Even the “party tree” which launched the novel and the quest is gone. In this, Tolkien’s thinking was prescient, as our precious world drifts ever closer to human-wrought destruction. At the end of the novel, he holds out hope, due to the wonderful elven dust that fertilizes and re-greens the Shire. And, to replace the “party tree,” a miraculous mallorn tree with silver bark and golden flowers from the forests of Lothlorien. Throughout this marvelous work, Tolkien balances destruction with rebirth, despair with hope, and high seriousness with humor. A marvelous work, which is also a work of marvels. ( )
  Lori_Eshleman | Jul 25, 2015 |
Of all three of Tokien's Lord of the Rings, this one is by far my favourite. The Return of the King tied up so many loose ends and I was completely satisfied on that part.

However, I still can't stand that Frodo didn't get his justification in the Shire. And that he never got his happiness. With Sam moving on and starting a family, it made Frodo's situation seem worse. He never got to fall in love or have a family. Merry and Pippin were rightly finished, and I like their ending.

All in all, it was very satisfying. I do want to know where that ship anchors at though... ( )
  SpazzyDragon13 | Jul 7, 2015 |
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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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Tolkien, J. R. R.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Beagle, Peter S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blok, CorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Domènech, LuisTranslatorsecondary 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. 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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The prequel to The Lord of the Rings—The Hobbit—is now a major motion picture directed by Peter Jackson
While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarms out to conquer all Middle-earth, Frodo and Sam struggle deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron’s power. To defeat the Dark Lord, the One Ring, ruler of all the accursed Rings of Power, must be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. But the way is impossibly hard, and Frodo is weakening. Weighed down by the compulsion of the Ring, he begins finally to despair.
The awesome conclusion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, beloved by millions of readers around the world.

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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.… (more)

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