The Return of the King

The Return of the King

Book - 1978
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Sauron and Gandolf the Grey battle for possession of the One Ring and its evil powers
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1978, c1966.
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ISBN: 9780395489307
039548930X
9780395272213
0395272211
9780345339737
0345339738
9780618154005
0618154000
9780547928197
Call Number: TOLKIEN
Characteristics: 440 p. ; 23 cm : ill.
Subjects: Fantasy fiction.

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Gwen7154
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!!!

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darcyhudjik
Jun 13, 2017

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

Marinetti Apr 12, 2017

The Return Of The King is an excellent book. It wraps up The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and then provides a wealth of knowledge of the characters and Middle Earth history as well.

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Nymeria23
Mar 22, 2017

This book and series wasn't exactly what I was expecting. There was excitement, action and adventure, but always under a subdued tone. The fighting scenes were intense but then the same amount of page space would be given to the armies travelling from one place to another. There was a large emphasis in Aragorn's character which was really neat. When it came to Sam and Frodo, I felt as though their story in this book was way more exciting and intriguing than the Two Towers which made it easier to read.
The ending is how one would expect it to be which I felt was comforting. There was a big part that I don't remember being in the movies that happened in the book but it also added to the story.
It's pretty sad to see these characters go, but at least I can watch the movies over and over again to remind myself how great this series is.

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danielestes
Aug 03, 2016

Tolkien's final installment of his classic Lord of the Rings trilogy has its moments of greatness, but overall it's too similar to the previous book in that it's too weighed down by the extended narratives of minor characters. The events surrounding Gondor, the Battle of Pelennor Fields and the rise of Aragorn are crucial, but the heart and soul of the story, and of the whole series, is the against-all-odds journey of Frodo and Sam into the heart of Doom. Their tale is what elevates the Lord of the Rings onto the 'Best of Fantasy' pedestal. Without that anchor, it's too easy to get lost in the weeds of everything else. And, my god, I forgot how much story there is between the ring tumbling into the fires of Mordor and Frodo setting off across the sea. If it weren't for that brilliant final chapter, The Grey Havens, Return of the King might well have run out of steam.

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cowgirl2003
Jul 07, 2016

I enjoyed this book because it had a lot of action in it and it was very creepy, and I like creepy books.

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Smeagol_precious
May 14, 2016

Amazing,definitely a worthy sequel to the others,but we do not get why Smeagol cannot have his precious forever.

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rabbitarabbit
Jun 17, 2015

A wonderful way to end the series!

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picklepepper26
Jun 04, 2015

I finally finished the series! I took the Lord of the Rings at a slooooow pace. About a year and a half. But I really enjoyed them, and I am glad I read them. If you like reading books of any kind, this book is a MUST READ! The movies are also great, except that they didn't add the end of the third in the movies. :( But overall I love both the books and the movies. Now don't get me wrong. I love the Lord of the Rings movies. Not the Hobbit movies, though. I won't tell you about it here, but check out my review on those for more info. I did like the Hobbit book, though. Highly, highly, highly recommend this whole series!

star15 Aug 26, 2014

Great conclusion for the series. Love the way Gollum tries to help and stop Frodo at the same time. Awesome!!!!

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cowgirl2003
Jul 07, 2016

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

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TrueCanadianGirl
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

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green_zebra_338
Jul 28, 2015

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

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tomadou1
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

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chonka
Jul 15, 2014

mine,
my own,
my precious

angiem99 May 01, 2013

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost,
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall waken,
From the shadows a light shall spring,
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

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EowynThandawen
Sep 04, 2012

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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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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