The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Return of the King

The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, 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...

Title:The Return of the King
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ISBN:0345339738
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:490 pages

The Return of the King Reviews

  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 22, 2008

    Ah,

    . The end of a sweeping epic, one which held me firmly in its grasp as a child and still holds a place in my heart as an adult.

    Everything is in motion and actually coming to an end almost from the first page of this last book in the trilogy. Frodo is ever so close to completing his quest. Aragon, Gandalf and the others are nearly at the end of their rope. Indeed, the end is nigh!

    But this is not a quick finish. Tolkien dragged things out. There is a mini-battle after th

    Ah,

    . The end of a sweeping epic, one which held me firmly in its grasp as a child and still holds a place in my heart as an adult.

    Everything is in motion and actually coming to an end almost from the first page of this last book in the trilogy. Frodo is ever so close to completing his quest. Aragon, Gandalf and the others are nearly at the end of their rope. Indeed, the end is nigh!

    But this is not a quick finish. Tolkien dragged things out. There is a mini-battle after the great war has concluded. Many a loose end is tied up. The tearful goodbyes are interminable. I certainly didn't want it to end. I would've been happy if this series had continued on indefinitely. When I first read this as a young teen, I was a very slow reader. It took me nearly two years to finish and by then I was fully attached to these characters.

    That attachment began when I was about five years old, when I saw the Rankin Bass animated version of this book on TV. I cried like a baby when Frodo and Sam were trying to escape what appeared to be their inevitable death. I held on to that memory and supplemented it over the years with the other animated versions of Tolkien's Middle Earth series. So, by the time I got around to reading

    , I was as good as a card-carrying member of the fan club.

    Certainly this series isn't for everyone. I've heard many complain about it for various reasons: too many characters, an impenetrable backstory, etc. The recurring complaint that the books are too dense was something Tolkien was apparently aware of, because he included a very helpful appendix section at the back of

    which answers some questions the reader may have as well as filling in more of the background details if you're confused or just interested in learning more.

  • Stephen
    Jun 05, 2010

    4.0 stars. FULL REVIEW (hopefully) to follow after resolution of the

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    hopped up on "Shire Ale" and "Longbottom Leaf" all playing a naked, sexually explicit game of "ring toss" using oversized versions of the

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    I hope to have this matter resolved shortly or at least by the time I come up with something to actually say about the book.

    Discovery is proceeding in the case and this reviewer has requested travel records and receipts from counsel for Darth Vader and several of the Ewoks (now sober) relating to an "incident" that hopefully will not "stay in Vegas" for long. The incident, now being discussed all in chat rooms across the Internet, concerns the Sith Lord's behavior at a recent bachelor party for one of the Imperial staff and may assist in demonstrating that the parody review was not as damaging to Lord Vader's reputation as the complaint alleges. I will keep you posted.....

    The prosecution was dealt a serious blow today when, during cross-examination,

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    did indeed "suck bad enough to pull a softball through a garden hose," seriously undermining the case for damages brought by Robert Van Winkle (aka

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    unlikely because the reviewer himself is inebriated on ale and some kind of pipe-weed and thus can not prepare a proper review at this time.

  • mark monday
    Apr 05, 2011

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    a rousing climax to the most ravishing love story of the modern age. tempestuous, tormented Frodo at long last learns to accept the love of his lifemate - the loyal and submissive Samwise Gamgee, bottom-extraordinaire. this is truly a tale of love's labour hard-won, and at such a cost! but love conquers all in the end, and even bitter, militantly hetero villain Sauron cannot stand in the heart's path for too long. in this third book of the torrid trilogy, Frodo's love-hate relationship

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    a rousing climax to the most ravishing love story of the modern age. tempestuous, tormented Frodo at long last learns to accept the love of his lifemate - the loyal and submissive Samwise Gamgee, bottom-extraordinaire. this is truly a tale of love's labour hard-won, and at such a cost! but love conquers all in the end, and even bitter, militantly hetero villain Sauron cannot stand in the heart's path for too long. in this third book of the torrid trilogy, Frodo's love-hate relationship with the concept of commitment - deftly symbolized by a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, designer ring - reaches a dramatic fever pitch, as he wrestles with his awkward feelings about monogamy & gay marriage in the boiling, repressive deserts of "Mordor" (clearly a stand-in for maverick Texazona). fortunately, the maternal Sam is constantly by his side to offer succor - forever the wind beneath Frodo's wings.

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    the incredibly racy & erotic atmosphere is filled with a circuit party's worth of soldier types, as well as many classic queer icons: butch trade turned romantic male-model Aragorn; saucy friends-with-benefits Merry & Pippin; the tough & dour yet loveable uber-dyke Arwen; little bear-daddy Gimli; cringing closet-case Oh My Precious; fey pretty-boy Legolas; the exquisite drag queen enchantress Galadriel; and of course, presiding over them all, flouncing from scene to scene, battling his nasty sourpuss of an ex-boyfriend Saruman, and just chewing up the scenery like no one else...the fabulous and effervescent Gandalf the Gay. you go, girlfriend!

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    despite the couple dozen unnecessary scenes of Sam staring dreamily into Frodo's sad sad eyes, this is truly a flawless and timeless gay classic, one that boldly states Love Is a Glorious Burden That We Must Ever Shoulder. love knows no boundaries. and even the smallest of men can have the biggest...."heart", i suppose. queer fave Enya even contributes to the soundtrack. Return of the King is a luscious, deliriously homoerotic fantasia.

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    oops, forgot i wasn't reviewing the thrillingly fagtastic film version. well, as far as the novel goes, it is perfect. i wouldn't change a word. even the poetry is awesome.

  • James
    Jan 07, 2012

    4 of 5 stars to

    , the third book in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, written in 1955, by

    . After reading the first two books in this series, how can you not finish it with this one? I knocked them back between 9th and 10th grades, loving every minute of the imagination and struggle between good and evil. When I got this this final one, I already knew I'd be sad to say goodbye to all the characters I'd fallen hardcore for over the 1500 pages betw

    4 of 5 stars to

    , the third book in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, written in 1955, by

    . After reading the first two books in this series, how can you not finish it with this one? I knocked them back between 9th and 10th grades, loving every minute of the imagination and struggle between good and evil. When I got this this final one, I already knew I'd be sad to say goodbye to all the characters I'd fallen hardcore for over the 1500 pages between the volumes. But when the movies came out, I had a chance to re-live the intensity of this drama... as taking on such large books with everything else I had on my reading plate, did not make sense. Watching them in film form tho lived up to many expectations. Of course, I loved the books more, but I still enjoyed the films and will watch them if I am skimming the channels and find one in play.

    The flaws in each of the characters, as well as their journey, are immense but real. When you find out some of the changes in this book (no spoilers!) and people you thought were long-forgotten, it is brilliant. And seeing the evil forces fight the good forces... it's just a version of the reality we face every day. All over a ring that provides power. But power is at the center of it all. And it's one of the few books where I found myself happy with the ending.

    I could talk about these forever, but I won't bore you. I am not a big fan of fantasy, and have only read a handful of books and authors in this genre. These are a favorite across all genres for me, and it's because of the creativity in Tolkien's mind that I consider reading more in this genre. Before Harry Potter, we had a family of hobbits... who stole our hearts and taught us many lessons. Ones I still think of today whenever I need to weight the options before me. Please give them a chance! But start with #1.... you have to read them in order!

    For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at

    , where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Ana
    Oct 22, 2012

    I've just finished a re-read of the trilogy. There is only one lord of classic literature and his name is Tolkien.

    Sixty years later Tolkien's epic tale of men, hobbits, elves, dwarves, trolls and goblins is still relevant.

    In my opinion this was the best book of the trilogy. The Return of the King gave me ALL THE FEELS like nothing else, I got pretty choked up at the last chapter. The Return of the King contains a ton of appen

    I've just finished a re-read of the trilogy. There is only one lord of classic literature and his name is Tolkien.

    Sixty years later Tolkien's epic tale of men, hobbits, elves, dwarves, trolls and goblins is still relevant.

    In my opinion this was the best book of the trilogy. The Return of the King gave me ALL THE FEELS like nothing else, I got pretty choked up at the last chapter. The Return of the King contains a ton of appendices, and the readers can find out the conclusion for each of the Fellowship members. 'The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen' is one of the most beautiful things ever written (I really wish it hadn't been left out of the main story).

    People have asked me who my favorite character was, and it's impossible to answer. Aragorn, Faramir, Frodo, Arwen, Sam, Legolas, Gandalf, Gimli, Boromir, Merry, Pippin, Galadriel, Éowyn, Éomer, Glorfindel, Haldir... I love them all.

    I leave you with this wonderful art. Kudos to whoever made this.

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jan 17, 2014

    I’m currently buried in my final ever lot of university assignments, review copies and books I’m already currently reading (there’s quite a few.) And here I am fuelling my reading addiction by picking up yet another book. How do I find the time to sleep?

    I think I just need a recharge. You know how it is, right? In moments of stress we fall into one of our favourite books to rejuvenate the soul. And right now I need some time in Middle Earth.

    A humongous review to follow.

  • Alejandro
    Jul 31, 2014

    That’s the message in a t-shirt that I got in a tourism travel (and I still have it!). I thought that it was appropiate to begin my review about the third part and final of

    .

    All that fuzz about a ring that can turn you invisible? You may think, but that was the least of its properties. Its major use was being able to control of the rest of ring-bearers with it, and if you

    That’s the message in a t-shirt that I got in a tourism travel (and I still have it!). I thought that it was appropiate to begin my review about the third part and final of

    .

    All that fuzz about a ring that can turn you invisible? You may think, but that was the least of its properties. Its major use was being able to control of the rest of ring-bearers with it, and if you think about that many of the most powerful beings in the Middle-Earth possessed a ring, well, it seems logical why all that fuzz. Moreover, a factor that not usually is pondered is that The One Ring also helps to extend the lifetime of a being to an absurd expanse, and since Sauron is just a “shadow” of his past self, it’s evident why he needed The One Ring so bad.

    I commented in my review of the first part,

    , about my theory of the plans of The One Ring. Not Sauron’s. Not Saruman’s. But the One Ring. It was obsessed about the Hobbits, since they were the last bastion of pure goodness in the whole Middle-Earth. Without making any spoilers, I am kinda sad that while it wasn’t due actions of The One Ring, bute vil powers damaged that idyllic of a more simple life. Also, I think that the whole thing was unnecessary to the main story and even over-extending the tale kinda ruining the “final” climax of the war.

    Back, in

    , Bilbo’s first act having The One Ring was…

    …piety.

    A small noble deed that would define the fate of the whole Middle-Earth.

    That makes you think about it. Each action has a consequence. Maybe you won’t be able to realize the consequence, but it’s clear that you have to think about your actions, since you never know that something that you may consider irrelevant, even correct, it may lead to consequences with epic importance.

    Again, I won’t spoil anything, I only can say that one of my favorite female characters in the saga is Éowyn, along with Galadriel. Their paths are separate, they are different kind of female characters, but definitely, they proved their own importance and vital roles in this story plenty of male characters.

    Galadriel’s role was centered mainly in the first part (but you'll find her here again),

    , and you can’t doubt that she, along with Elrond (one of my favorite male characters), both are of the most powerful beings in the Middle-Earth, where their existence over there, defined the beginning and the end of the Third Age.

    Éowyn was introduced on the second part,

    , but it’s on the third and final part,

    , where she plays her vital role in an age where men were the ones usually in the battlefields.

    It’s clear that a predilect theme of J.R.R. Tolkien was to show that while wars are things to avoid if possible, if the war is inescapable, it’s short-sighted and close-minded not considering the worth and courage of the “unlikely” beings (Hobbits, women) and including them into the ranks of the defending army. Since many times the tall and strong men don’t think that people of small height or from the “weaker sex”, can be valuable during a war. But you can testify that in “The War of the Ring”, four Hobbits and a woman, changed the course of it, during epic moments of impossible odds.

    The saga ends here,

    , at least the main story, because certainly you can find a

    more of tales in the other books by Tolkien set in the Middle-Earth.

    And it’s indisputable the legacy caused by this story.

    Since

    the following novels and book series in the genre of epic fantasy are inspired and/or influenced due the publication of

    , but its impact isn’t limited to this literary genre, since if you know what to look or watching carefully you’ll find plots, elements, concepts, etc… of this story in other novels of different genres, in films, in TV, etc…

    Once you woud be aware of this story, you keep noticing here and there, the influence and impact of it.

    Not matter if you like

    or not, you have to thank anyway, since the imagination and creativity in the minds of artists in the whole world, in all kind of art fields, were never the same after the publication of this work. They got better.

    Thank you, Tolkien.

  • Alex Farrand
    Nov 30, 2016

    is the last installment of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Can the companions defeat the power of Sauron? Will there be peace in the land of Middle-earth once more, or shall the darkness overpower the world?

    I want to write an amazing review for this series, because it deserves the best. I don't know if it will be amazing, but I will try. Tolkien made a wonderful world, and an epic journey across the beautiful Middle-earth. How amazing it was to walk side-by-side with the co

    is the last installment of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Can the companions defeat the power of Sauron? Will there be peace in the land of Middle-earth once more, or shall the darkness overpower the world?

    I want to write an amazing review for this series, because it deserves the best. I don't know if it will be amazing, but I will try. Tolkien made a wonderful world, and an epic journey across the beautiful Middle-earth. How amazing it was to walk side-by-side with the companions through his enchanted world. Even though the days grew darker as the companions rode closer to Mordor, he developed a picturesque world that no author could compare to. I really felt like I was in his world. I could imagine feeling every leaf, and tree with my finger tips. I could see the magnificent, beautiful Galadriel in her white dress like she was standing right in front of me. I could feel the presence of Sauron's power falling over the land. I have mixed feelings about the trilogy as a whole. I am very sad that it has ended, and I will have a book hangover for days, but I am very happy that it has ended for the companions. I never was so sad for any series to end, but very glad for the happy ending. I am very happy to have read this series. I put a lot of hours into the three books, and it was the most amazing time. I never regret reading these novels, and I will never watch the movies ever again. The movies do not live up to the stories that Tolkien created.

    As I look at the books in front me I am just amazed at the beautiful written words that Tolkien created. By Jove, what an inspiration! The companions are my friends, and I worried for all of them once the darkness wrapped itself around the earth. I have watched the movies before, but I sort of forgot what exactly happened.

    They are my friends, and I will never forget any of them for as long as I live.

    The last line of the book Sam says "Well, I am back". That is how I feel right now. That line snapped me back into reality. I read it over and over again, and I knew the tale was over. So, here I am back in my dreadful reality. I am back in my world of infrastructure, sidewalks, and cars. Everything seems so dark and gloomy, especially living where I do in the winter. As I look outside my living room window the sky is gray, and the snow is dirty. The trees that are planted in the suburb do not look as beautiful as they once did in my eyes. Now, when I walk through a forest I will listen and search for the Ents and the Elves. When I sit on a grassy hill I will root around for a door knob to a Hobbit hole. If I am ever near a mountain I will look, and walk through the tunnels of the dwarves.

    Here I part from my lovely friends. One day I will return to read you. You all are amazing. Yes, the novels are long, and it can be overwhelming, but every word read is worth it. For now these books will be placed back into their boxset with great care. I recommend it to everyone! Good luck if you have a chance! Happy reading. Please visit my blog here:


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