Book Review: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted August 13, 2012 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: The Return of the King by J.R.R. TolkienThe Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
Series: The Lord of the Rings #3
Published by Allen & Unwin on October 20th, 1955
Genres: Adult, Classics, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, High Fantasy
Pages: 624
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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 takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter 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.

5 Stars

Wow. I can’t really believe I finished reading it. Granted, some of the appendices I skipped. But I mean, why would I read about the family trees, calendars, pronunciations? Heh, Tolkien was a bit optimistic about his readers there, but they’re not called appendices for nothing.

Once again, the first half, Book 5, was amazing. It slowed down with Frodo and Sam. Really, though it was only three chapters, it felt like ages, because all they were doing was walking among the rocks and thorns. But anyway.

I don’t know, I really enjoyed it. Surprisingly so. I think it might be in some part due to Faramir and Éowyn. Seriously what an adorable love story. They never quite went into that in the movies, so I think that was probably the chapter I enjoyed reading the most.

I also liked seeing the end of Saruman. Good to know what exactly happened there, and all things considered it was rather realistic.

But that’s it guys. I can finally say it. I’ve read the Lord of the Rings. And it feels pretty damn good.

Now on to that movie marathon!

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