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Konungens återkomst by J. R. R. Tolkien
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Konungens återkomst (original 1955; edition 2005)

by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author), Erik Andersson (Translator), Lotta Olsson (Translator)

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Title:Konungens återkomst
Authors:J. R. R. Tolkien (Author)
Other authors:Erik Andersson (Translator), Lotta Olsson (Translator)
Info:Stockholm : Norstedt, 2005
Collections:Ägda, Your library, I lådor, Hyfsade omslag, Läst 2012, Ovägt
Rating:*****
Tags:brittisk litteratur, skönlitteratur, klassiker, fantasy, Sagan om ringen, J.R.R. Tolkien, krig, belägring, äventyr, rädda världen

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The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, Part 3) by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author) (1955)

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Excellent book. Some of the ending segments are a bit over the top ( )
  CSheetz | Apr 30, 2014 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.
Refers to entire series:

J.R.R. Tolkien was the master of fantasy, and that's not just because he was the first to write a very popular modern epic.

What makes Tolkien superior was how he used his extensive knowledge of mythology and linguistics to create his own complex world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College where he studied and taught the linguistics of early English. Over many years he created his own elvish language with a complex syntax and grammar, and a complete history and mythology of Middle Earth (see the twelve volumes of The Histories of Middle-Earth below.) This gives his works so much complexity and texture that when you read them, you feel like you've dropped into the middle of a real civilization.

Besides the amazing world-building, Tolkien builds excellent characters and uses them to explore such heavy human themes as friendship, love, greed, power, redemption, gender-roles, self-sacrifice, and death. This is not a light epic for a Sunday afternoon. This is intense, bone-chilling, goose-bump raising stuff. You can feel the weight of the world on the shoulders of Frodo and his companions. And, though there's a happy ending, it comes with much suffering and loss.

And all the while, Tolkien's writing is beautiful and poignant. In my opinion, the only writers I've read who even begin to compare are Ursula LeGuin, Susanna Clarke, and perhaps Lois McMaster Bujold.


Read more Tolkien book reviews at Fantasy Literature . ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
If you shall read but one series, let it be The Lord of the Rings. ( )
  evolvingthread | Feb 15, 2014 |
The fantastic conclusion to one of the greatest and most important fantasies stories ever written. I consider Peter Jackson's movie renditions of LotR to be outstanding in nearly every regard. The casting, acting, characterizations, and of course all the visual aspects (sets, costumes, props, and special effects) are incredibly high quality and accurate in so many ways. The majority of the plot is well preserved as well.

Yet after finally reading the whole set of books, I found that huge portions of the Return of the King had been left out of the movie script (at least the theatrical release). The book's original telling of the many struggles of Sam and Frodo once they part from the Fellowship are far more grim and trying, in particular Samwise is far more heroic than he comes across in the movie. The final chapters of the book also, once the hobbits get back home as far as Bree and on to the Shire are drastically more climactic and important than the movie shows. There level of character development is much greater and the conflicts more important than in the film.

So even if you've seen the movies many times, give the whole LotR book a new read. You'll be richly rewarded. ( )
  Jack-in-the-Green | Dec 26, 2013 |
As all things must end, so must the greatest epic series ever written. Coming into this as someone who never read them when I was younger, I didn't know how much I would enjoy them. Of course, I have loved the entire trilogy, even when the story started to drag during Frodo and Sam's journey into Mordor, because this is a perfect example of the epic quest.

The last volume concludes the story as the fate of our heroes is discovered. The War of the Ring is ended, evil is vanquished, and everyone returns home. One of my favorite parts, which was not included in the movie unfortunately, was the Reckoning of the Shire. It was great to see the unassuming Hobbits we've been following so long become the heroes they have proven themselves to be in the world of Men.

And I'll be completely honest, I teared up at the end.

Following the conclusion of the story, Tolkien has included a series of Appendices that explain the histories of Middle-earth, the language, the people, and even the linguistic translations of the various languages. These are a fascinating read. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Dec 4, 2013 |
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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.Authorprimary 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
Lee, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ohlmarks, ÅkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olsson, LottaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, PanuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schuchart, MaxTranslatorsecondary 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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The prequel to The Lord of the Rings—The Hobbit—is now a major motion picture directed by Peter Jackson
 
THE GREATEST FANTASY EPIC OF OUR TIME
 
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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