The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

February 16, 2008

By J.R.R. Tolkien
Reviewed by Ethan Smolinsky
5 out of 5 Stars

The Return of the King, a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, takes place in the land of middle-earth. Isengard, the domain of Saruman, has fallen to the mighty army of Rohan. Now the men of the west must come to the aid of Gondor, a land that is on the verge of being demolished by the evil forces of Mordor. Aragorn, the ranger from the north and heir to the throne of Gondor, must take his own path in hopes of turning the tides against Sauron, the leader of Mordor. With him as always are his two friends Legolas, the elf, and Gimli, the dwarf. Pippin and Merry, cousins and close friends, are separated when Pippin is taken away to Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor, to await the oncoming battle. Meanwhile Merry travels with the army of Rohan. The other side of the story follows Sam and Frodo on their quest to destroy the one ring. Sam has to help Frodo no matter what as the ring continues to posses his master.

The Return of the King, the third and final book in the trilogy, is broken into two sections, each following a different group of people. Through the story, battles are fought and lives are lost all in hope for the greater good. Although there are many interesting areas throughout the book, some areas have dull spots but are necessary for the plot. Tolkien gives the reader a clear vision of what the characters face on their separate journey and uses a wide vocabulary to do so.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a fairly fast read with a total page count of 311 and has an extra amount to explain various things about middle-earth. It is an excellent book and always keeps you interested. I recommend this book to anyone who has watched the film to get a better perspective of how Tolkien wanted it to be. I also recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy about war. Overall, I would suggest this book to anyone who likes to enjoy a book.

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