The Return of the King
Being the Third Part of The Lord of the RingsBook - 2003
"An extraordinary work -- pure excitement." -- New York Times Book Review
"A triumphant close...a grand piece of work, grand in both conception and execution. An astonishing imaginative tour de force." -- Daily Telegraph
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them
As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive -- now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.
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As the armies of the Dark Lord gather, Aragorn joins with the Riders of Rohan, Merry and Pippin escape into the Fangorn Forest and meet the Ents, Gandalf returns, and Sam and Frodo are separated after Frodo is captured by the Orcs.
Sauron and Gandalf the Grey battle for possession of the One Ring and its evil powers, while Frodo the hobbit comes to the end of his perilous quest, in the epic conclusion of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Reissue. (A New Line Cinema film, the third of three feature films based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, releasing December 2003, starring Viggo Mortenson, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, & Ian Holm) (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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In this, the final installment of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Sam and Frodo go deep into Sauron's kingdom in their effort to save Middle Earth.
“But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
'I have a sword ', said Merry, climbing from his seat and drawing from its black sheath his small, bright blade. Filled suddenly with love for this old man, he knelt on one knee and took his hand and kissed it. 'May I lay the sword of Meriadoc of the Shire on your lap, Theoden, King?' he cried,'Receive my service, Iff you will!'.
Gladly will I take it, said the king...'As a father you shall be to me', said Merry.
'For a little while,' said Theoden
And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.
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In this, the final installment of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Sam and Frodo go deep into Sauron's kingdom in their effort to save Middle Earth. The conclusion leaves them savoring life as never before. Includes maps, appendices, index, and supplemental indexes to the index. Thorough.
J.R.R. Tolkien one again demonstrates his brilliance as he concludes his Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Frodo and Sam make the final journey to Mount Doom, to attempt to cast the Great Ring into the fires where it was forged, and overthrow the evil Sauron forever.
Meanwhile, the great Battle of Helm`s Deep done, Aragorn, Eomer, Faramir, and the other hobbits much make the trip to Gondor, and fearlessly confront the Nazgul and their orc hordes as Minas Tirith is laid under siege.
This is one of the greatest conclusions to a series in the history of literature.
" In the concluding volume of the trilogy Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the land of the Shadows in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron." (Novelist reviews)