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Konungens återkomst by J. R. R. Tolkien

Konungens återkomst (original 1955; edition 2005)

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

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Title:Konungens återkomst
Authors:J. R. R. Tolkien (Author)
Other authors:Lotta Olsson (Translator), Erik Andersson (Translator)
Info:Stockholm : Norstedt, 2005
Collections:Ägda, Your library, I lådor, Hyfsade omslag, Läst 2012, Ovägt
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 by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author) (1955)

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'So we come to it in the end,' he said: 'the great battle of our time, in which many things shall pass away. But at least there is no longer need for hiding. We will ride the straight way and the open road with all our speed.'

I loved the previous volumes of LoTR and had been dying to read this one and find out what happened to all the characters I had grown to love (I basically knew what was going to happen as I had seen the movie but the book is pretty different in parts). This one felt way shorter than the other two and the action seemed to cut off abruptly at times and that is why I gave this 4.5 stars instead of 5.

I was hooked on this book no matter whose point-of-view the book switched to. I really loved that you got to see exactly what all the characters were up to and how all their paths eventually crossed. I really loved the parts that featured Pippin or Merry as they really became my favorite characters of this book. I was a bit surprised at all that happened in The Shire towards the end as those parts were cut out of the movie but I really enjoyed them nonetheless.

I tried to read the appendices but only got through a little bit. I kind of wish that the story itself had been longer and that the appendices had been published separately. One day I expect to read through them but I just don't have the time now. I am really glad that I have finally read The Lord of the Rings but I also wish I could somehow go back and read them for the first time again. ( )
  dpappas | Jan 24, 2015 |
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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
Compared to the other two volumes, this is quite short. This is probably because you get the appendices. I was fine with this because they add so much to Return of the King, the entirety of The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit.

As far as the actual Return of the King story, it moves right along, and covers much of what people are familiar with in the movie fairly quickly. Something that I found important in this book, is what happens after all the big battles and the end of Frodo and Sam's Journey. We learn that there are consequences to the war, that it has affected everyone, and things will never be the same. Middle Earth has become a very different place. The characters that haven't passed on have changed as well.

If we look at this fictional universe as our pre-history, this books marks the point in which Men have been given dominion over the world. They no longer have the guidance of the Elves or the Istari. It is a very interesting concept to think about especially when you consider that we are the descendants of these Men, or at least, it can be assumed, people of European descent are. In moving from a fictional pre-history to the real world, how many kingdoms and civilizations have risen and fallen, and how much of this history has been lost with time?

The appendices, which comprise about a quarter of this book are a must read. It took me about the same amount of time to read the appendices as it did the rest of the book. It is a difficult read, but well worth it. It brings clarity and reason to so many of the character's motivations, decisions, and back story. You begin to understand the significance of Middle Earth, Gondor, Anor, and how the Elves, Men, Dwarves, and Orcs came to inhabit it. In some cases the appendices will blow your mind. For instance, While Elrond is Arwen's father and Aragorn's father-in-law, he is also Aragorn's ancestor. Elrond's brother was the first king of Numenor and chose to be mortal. If only you understood everything from the appendices before you read The Lord of the Rings. I guess that is what the second reading is for.

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  Porfinicle | Nov 4, 2014 |
A wonderful ending to an amazing trilogy.

Read my full review here.

Sometimes I find that the final book in a series can be sort of disappointing. That is not the case for this book. Tolkien has managed, once again, to create such an intricate story. There was a lot of foreshadowing though, again, some of the foreshadowing of happy or sad events became a little bit obvious. The descriptions and personification was, as usual, very lovely.

The characters are, unsurprisingly, my favourite aspect of this book. The character arc of each of them is so amazing to read. Each has grown and become more than they ever expected (more than others expected, too). Sam is really my favourite character. Of course, I really like Merry, Pippin, and Frodo. But Sam had to make so many choices and even when he would wrestle with his doubts, he still did what he thought was right. He never gave up, even when Frodo gave in to the power of the Ring and its ever-pressing darkness. Also, Sam is so witty! He often uses his intelligence to mock or refute his enemies. It might not have been intended as humorous, but that’s how I saw it (especially when Sam mocks Gollum). Another character which I enjoyed reading is Eowyn. I wish she had gotten more space on the page though Tolkien spent more time with her here than in the previous books. Eowyn shows herself to be equal to men - actually, better than them since she is the only one brave enough to stand up to the leader of the Nazgul. I wish that she was recognized by more characters as a wonderful, strong character. She wishes to be more than the label that society would choose for her. I could go on and on about this so I’ll just stop here.

Some minor issues with the novel are, again, very repetitive adjectives. Sometimes they would even be repeated on the same page only a paragraph or two apart. I found this to be quite off-putting. Also, in the last chapter or so, Tolkien begins to frequently use dates. I’m not quite sure why he does this since he hasn’t done this in the previous books.

Overall, this book was a good ending to a well-written and enjoyable series. ( )
  CaitlinAC | Aug 10, 2014 |
Excellent book. Some of the ending segments are a bit over the top ( )
  CSheetz | Apr 30, 2014 |
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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
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. 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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