The Return of the King

The Return of the King

Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings

Book - 2003
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The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure The Lord of the Rings

"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.

& Taylor

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)

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2003], c1994
ISBN: 9780618346271
Branch Call Number: Fiction TOLKIEN,J
Characteristics: xii, p. 731-1,137, [4] p. : maps ; 21 cm


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Feb 29, 2020

They're back . . . Sam, Frodo, the Ring of Power and their quest to destroy it. This, Part Three and the final installment of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, follows the pair deep into the villainous Sauron's kingdom. The conclusion leaves them savoring life, as they're returned to their homes in three paragraphs what took some 384 pages to arrive at. So much for the art of denouement. Includes maps, six appendices and separate indexes to poems and songs, persons, beasts and monsters, places, and things. As if that weren't thorough enough, there's a supplement to the indexes which lists places, persons and things only appearing within songs or poems. Ringheads unite!

Feb 08, 2020

Have read entire series many times. A fantastic effort by Professor Tolkien! Love it !!!!!!!!!!!!

bibliosara Feb 05, 2020

In the conclusion of the Lord of the Rings series (or rather, the third part of that work), Tolkien masterfully weaves an ending that is satisfying, exhilarating, and inspiring. As Frodo and Sam make their way through Mordor (explored in the second half of the book), Aragorn leads the remaining Fellowship against Sauron's forces in the fields of Gondor.
Unexpected allies and enemies, romance, and the determination of our beloved characters to hope against all odds will keep you turning page after page. A classic for good reason, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is a must-read for all literary lovers. The fantastical landscape serves as the backdrop for a profound story filled with hope and keen insight into human nature. An allegorical, poetic, exciting, and unforgettable adventure.

The Return of the King is the shortest of the three books, and is fully 30% climactic battles and 30% conclusion. A significant portion of the pages is set aside for various research material Tolkien provides readers, soas to liven up his world with bakground information.

Personally, I love the inclusion, as I love the later Silmarillion. I do understand many readers skip over it, and many of the ones who do read it do not like it. I personally think the inclusion makes a world of difference to the overall story, at least when envisioned in hindsight.

The Return of the King is probably my favorite part of the Lord of the Rings. It's the book where everything comes together and the stakes are high. Every time I read through, I get chills, and I feel the same emotions that the characters are feeling.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Apr 12, 2018

As I was reading the Lord of the Rings, a quote continuously came to mind. It is a quote from C.S. Lewis' review of this book, "a reviewer need say little, except that here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart." It is stunning to watch these books unfold and become enveloped in the world presented therein. Such craft and artistry is largely unmatched, but oft imitated, and special because of how much dedication it took to pull the whole thing off. Tolkien walked away from his "trilogy" (really one novel in six parts divided into three books) having crafted something incredibly special -- something which only he could have made. Every inch of the world was a portion of his palette, and no inch of it went unpainted it seems.

One very interesting detail is how the various countries of men (humans) speak in the novel. The halflings, those of the west and the Shire, favor a very folksy, contemporary-to-Tolkien, down-home English. Meanwhile, the folk of Rohan speak a very formal, almost archaic English, using "thee" and "thou" at times. Gondor, meanwhile, speaks a very formal, although less archaic language. It is interesting how Tolkien draws these lines linguistically, carefully distinguishing between his people groups. Absolutely fascinating. Finally, there is such beautiful philosophical and theological insight in this novel that one will often find himself floored by what he reads.

It is unfortunate that the novel slows down dramatically after the war when the hobbits return home and must save the Shire. There is nothing particularly wrong with this narrative development, and it actually serves as a nice wind-down from the main war, but it feels as though it goes on just a moment too long. On the one hand, it serves to prove that war touches everything (even beautiful places like the Shire), but on the other hand it somewhat hurts the book in its final pages. Yet, even so, the book is so full of beauty that it surpasses this minor bump in the road, and the final chapter is one of incredible beauty and depth.

All I can think is:

'I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.’

Jan 27, 2018

A great final book in the trilogy. You have to read this!!!

acardona305 Jan 13, 2018

A solid conclusion to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This book offers the most detail on the land of Middle Earth through the various appendices. The conclusion to the story is extremely satisfying as Tolkien wraps up all loose ends and ensures that the trilogy comes to a happy ending. If you read the previous two, do yourself a favor and finish the story.

Aug 02, 2017

Very depressing at the end, much over-description. By the middle of this book, I was like please-stop-going-on-and-on-about-this-person-and-that-place. A great story, though; very Christian :) I love stories with Christian morals!!!

Jun 13, 2017

This was an awesome finale in this trilogy. I definitely recommend this book.

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Feb 29, 2020

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.

Oct 29, 2019

“In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.”

Oct 29, 2019

“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.”

Oct 29, 2019

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

Jul 07, 2016

“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Jul 30, 2015

'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

Jul 28, 2015

This book is the best book I have and will ever read!! :)

Jul 20, 2015

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.

"Above all shadows rides the sun"--Samwise Gamgee

Jul 15, 2014

my own,
my precious

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Feb 29, 2020

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.

ryanjames1995 Nov 12, 2009

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.

lms Apr 30, 2008

" 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)


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Jan 27, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: In a scene, Orcs catapult the heads of Gondors soldiers they killed, into the streets of Gondor.

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