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The Return of the King (The Lord of The Rings, Part 3) (original 1955; edition 1999)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Title:The Return of the King (The Lord of The Rings, Part 3)
Authors:J. R. R. Tolkien
Info:Houghton Mifflin (1999), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:fantasy, middle earth

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The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (1955)

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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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This is the most amazing book series ever written. I am sad to be at end of this journey, and I wish I could go back to the start. Alas i cannot, but i am glad that all is well in Middle-Earth. I love you so much and goodbye. ( )
  marie2830 | Sep 2, 2018 |
What a magical world, and what a wonderful way to end the series. A , would read (listen to) all again. ( )
  omgitsafox | Jul 23, 2018 |
Volume que fecha com chave de ouro o melhor livro de fantasia do século XX, desculpa aí C.S. Lewis! ( )
  Adriana_Scarpin | Jun 12, 2018 |
The final Lord of the Rings book starts with Gandalf the White and Pippin Took riding into the city of Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor. They visit Denethor, the Steward of Gondor, and tell him that his son Boromir, has died, and that Saruan will attack Minas Tirith soon. Denethor tells them he knows his son is dead. Pippin enters into Denethor service because of a debt that he owes Boromir. After that, Pippin gets a tour of the city from the guard Beregond.
Meanwhile, The Riders of Rohan are preparing to ride to Minas Tirith, to aid Gondor against the attack from Sauron. Aragorn tells King Theoden that because he is the heir of Isildur, he must journey through the paths of the dead to claim the help of the undead army, who were cursed by Isildur for breaking an oath. He takes Legolas, Gimli, Elladan, Elrohir, and the Rangers of Arnor and leaves the Riders of Rohan. Merry Brandybuck starts to feel pretty lonely with only the riders for company. King Theoden then lets Merry become of Knight of the Mark. The next morning two riders from Gondor come and officially ask for the aid of the Rohan. King Theoden and his riders set out. King Theoden tells Merry not to go, but he sneaks away with a rider named Dernhelm. Back in Minas Tirith, Faramir, prince of Gondor, returns from his journey to Ithilien with little left of his army. Denethor tells Faramir how disappointed he is in him, and Faramir tells him that he has seen Frodo and Sam on the way to Mordor. After that, the city is surrounded by orcs and trolls and all sorts of stuff. Faramir rides out to face the orcs, but gets badly injured by a Nazgul. Some riders bring Faramir back to Theoden, as the orcs get closer and closer around the city. Theoden gives up hope and tells his guards to take him and Faramir to the Royal burial place and cremate them. Gandalf and the army of Gondor go to face the King of The Nazgul, and the army of orcs and trolls and stuff. Gandalf and the king of the Nazgul have a battle, but as the King of the Nazgul raises his sword to kill Gandalf, the riders of Rohan show up on the top of a hill in the distance. They ride down the hill and start fighting the orcs. Theoden is killed by the King of the Nazgul. Just then, Dernhelm, the rider who snuck Merry with him, throws of his cloak and it's revealed that that she is actually Eowyn, the niece of Theoden. She then has a duel with the King of the Nazgul, where she is badly injured. The Merry sneaks up on the Nazgul from the back, and stabs him. Eowyn then kills the King and then collapses. Then Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Elladan, Elrohir, the Rangers of Arnor, and the Undead army come and kills the remaining orcs and trolls and stuff. Merry and Eowyn are badly hurt, so they are taken to the House of Healing. Gandalf stops Denethor from cremating Faramir, who is still alive. Denethor kills himself though, he was driven insane by Saruan through a palantir, which is like a crystal ball. Aragorn is then able to heal Merry, Eowyn, and Faramir,because he is the heir of Isildur, and the rightful king of Gondor. Aragorn, Gandalf, and Eomer decide to draw Sauron's attention away from Frodo and Sam, who they assume are making their way to Mount Doom, by invading Mordor. The army of Rohan, Gondor, the Rangers, and Pippin go to the edge of Mordor, where they have a huge battle with the armies of Sauron. Pippin passes out just as the giant eagles are arriving. As this is happening, Sams tries to get into an orc fortress to rescue Frodo. He is able to get into the fortress easily because most of the orcs have killed each other in an argument. He only has to kill one orc to rescue Frodo, who demands the ring back. Sam and Frodo then head wearily to Mount Doom. Because most of Sauron's army are defending Mordor from Aragorn's attack, they are able to get there easily. When the reach the volcano, Frodo becomes possessed and refuses to destroy the ring. Just then, Gollum jumps on Frodo, trying to take the ring back, but both Gollum and the ring fall into the lava. Sauron is then destroyed, and the army of Sauron are defeated by the Armies of Aragorn. Gandalf then saves Frodo and Sam on Eagle. Lots of stuff happens after that. Aragorn becomes king, Faramir and Eowyn are married, and Frodo, Pippin, Merry, and Sam go back to the Shire, only to find the it has been taken over by Saruman. Merry and Pippin overthrow Saruman and everything is back to normal. Eventually Sam gets married, and Frodo, Gandalf, and all the Elves leave Middle-Earth.
I give this book 5 out of 5. It’s just as good as the second book. I liked it a lot. The ending was really good, and there was lots of suspense. The characters were really great. The Lord of the Rings trilogy has been really fun to read. It’s probably one of my favorite book series. ( )
  tenisonf.b4 | May 31, 2018 |
I really enjoyed reading this with a group as one chapter a day. Tolkien is truly a phenomenal storyteller, the details in the story beyond just a great story are truly astonishing especially when you realized the detailed back histories, languages, poetry of the minor characters he fleshed out for himself that were often published after his death. I was as amazed by the story itself as the detailed appendixes including in this final volume of the trilogy. ( )
  RivetedReaderMelissa | Mar 22, 2018 |
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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.
Tre har elvernes konge i dybeste skove,
Syv har dværgenes herrer i sale af sten,
Ni har mennesket dødeligt, dømt til at sove
Én har den natsote fyrste for ondskab og mén
I Mordors land, hvor skygger ruge.
Én Ring er over dem alle, Én Ring kan finde de andre
Én Ring kan bringe dem alle, i mørket lænke dem alle
I Mordors land, hvor skygger ruge.
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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.
Pippin kiggede frem fra sit gemmested i Gandalfs kappe.
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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

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345339738, Mass Market Paperback)

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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