The Return of the King

Paperback | January 31, 1999

byJ. R. R. Tolkien

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Concluding the story of The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring a striking black cover based on Tolkien's own design, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth.The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads even wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle against the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor, guided by the treacherous creature Gollum, in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.JRR Tolkien's great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail. Tolkien created a vast new mythology in an invented world which has proved timeless in its appeal.Part of a set of three paperbacks, this popular edition is once again available in its classic black livery designed by Tolkien himself.

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The end of Frodo’s journey with his company of dwarves culminates in an unforgettable climax in this third and final book of the Lord of the Rings series. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return of the King shows the author reaching his imaginative peak in this last installment. A true saga comes to rest after the book is closed.

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Concluding the story of The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring a striking black cover based on Tolkien's own design, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth.The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads even wider. Men, Dwarves, Elve...

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pagesPublished:January 31, 1999Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful conclusion! You have no idea how excited I was at the thought of nearing the end of this trilogy. I have lived and breathed The Lord of the Rings for four months now, and couldn’t wait to finally say I had completed it. This last novel was everything I thought it would be: fast-paced (at least Book 5 was, the story following Aragorn), interesting and, oddly enough, romantic. I absolutely loved seeing the relationship between Eowyn and Faramir unfold before my eyes, but was slightly disappointed when Tolkien merely thrust the love between Aragorn and Arwen at my feet without any prior inclination of a romance between them. On the whole, though, I thought this was the best book of them all. What irks me about Tolkien, however, is the fact that he always builds up to the battles with endless pages of journeys and discussions; but when it comes right down to the battle itself, he only writes about a page on it. The battle scenes always fall flat. But in the epic battle between the Black Rider and Eowyn, it was written with more description than any other battle. I could see her courage, her greatness and her love for her family and people and was rooting for her from start to finish. I grew to love Eowyn more than any other person (other than Sam) in the novel, and wanted nothing but happiness for her at the end. She was the fearless character the trilogy needed. But more interestingly, I was intrigued by the fact that she couldn’t save her people without dressing up as a man first, as if being a woman wasn’t good enough. In today’s society, feminism and female power is almost second-nature to us. We’re used to seeing female leaders now and figureheads; so it was cool to see how Tolkien’s world viewed women differently. I don’t blame Tolkien for creating a story where men were the primary characters (as some people do); instead, I thank him for showing the strength women can have in times of trouble. We’re not all damsels in distress. Anyways, I’m digressing. Simply put, I liked The Return of the King a lot more than I thought I would. After The Two Towers, finishing this series seemed like an impossible task — and I admit, a few times throughout the last novel I thought I would just give up altogether. Many people did give up, so why should I feel bad? But the important thing is that I didn’t. I kept reading and when Frodo and Sam finally reached Mount Doom, I couldn’t have been happier. Gollum played his part well, and while I did think his ending was a little anti-climatic, he did provide a reasonable and satisfying end to the One Ring. The part of The Shire in turmoil caught me by surprise because it wasn’t in the movie, but I liked how it wasn’t just a perfect ending for the hobbits. Nothing in life is perfect, and I liked how The Shire wasn’t perfect throughout the various wars and battles. Saruman saw to that. His death was a little strange and abrupt… I would have preferred if he had lived but withered away. On the whole, I was pleased by this concluding novel and I am beyond thrilled to say I have, once and for all, completed The Lord of the Rings series! To view more of my book reviews, visit: http://booksteame.com/
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epicness at its finest A great ending to the trilogy, I finished reading the novel the same day I bought it! This is a must read for any active reader.
Date published: 2012-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh my goodness These books were mighty hard to get through. I'm glad I read them though and it's something I consider a literary accomplishment for myself. And Sam is really gay.
Date published: 2010-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from cowboy After reading the first two parts of Lord of The Rings, I was awaiting a great ending. Much to my surprise Return of the King SUCKED. In Fellowship and Towers you keep reading about Sauron and Mount Doom and when Frodo get there it is one chapter. Gimli name is mentioned once and the last few chapters were so boring that I wanted to throw the book away but didn't because I knew I would feel guilty. However I would still say Return of the King is a must read only because it is the conclusion to maybe the greatest story ever told. But don't get your hopes up.
Date published: 2002-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I couldn't put it down. It was amazingly written, and a very unexpected ending to the trilogy. I recommend it to anyone, even if you haven't seen the beautifully similar movie.
Date published: 2002-03-09

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The end of Frodo’s journey with his company of dwarves culminates in an unforgettable climax in this third and final book of the Lord of the Rings series. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return of the King shows the author reaching his imaginative peak in this last installment. A true saga comes to rest after the book is closed.

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'The story moves on with a tremendous narrative rush to its climax. extraordinary imaginative work, part saga, part allegory, and wholly exciting.' The Times'A triumphant close. a grand piece of work, grand in both conception and execution. An astonishing imaginative tour de force.' Sunday Telegraph