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The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings #3)

4.5  ·  Rating Details ·  503,491 Ratings  ·  6,528 Reviews
The standard harcover edition of the concluding volume of The Lord of the Rings includes a large format fold-out map and extensive appendices. 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 agains ...more
Paperback, 508 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Mariner Books (first published October 20th 1955)
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Yelp! Dear Linh,

I have a possible answer. Namely, in heroic literature, such as the Lord of the Rings, and in classic literature in general, authors always…more
Dear Linh,

I have a possible answer. Namely, in heroic literature, such as the Lord of the Rings, and in classic literature in general, authors always strive towards some kind of moral symmetry. Sins must be atoned for, and the proper form of atonement for the gravest sins is a hero's death. Boromir had to die for his sins, and (if you've read the Hobbit) so did Thorin Oakenshield.

Frodo committed serious sins by the end of the story, as the ring overpowered him and he coveted it for himself and himself alone. However, it seems that Tolkien could not simply kill him off. Not because he is the main protagonist, but because he is such an unlikely protagonist - a hobbit willing to go into the very mouths of hell to save his friends - and if in this he was overpowered - so what! So, we cannot just kill him off.

However, the "Undying Lands", while not death (in fact, the opposite) do represent a departure from this world. So, for Frodo the atonement is not merely complete, it is actually transformed in to a reward. He sinned, but the burden was not meant for him, and in taking it on voluntarily (and playing a large part in quite literally saving the world) he went farther than anyone could have expected. The departure must take place, that is the way of things, and the scales of justice must find balance in all things, but for Frodo, punishment is turned into reward - and this reward must be accepted, or the scales will not find their balance.

Please tell me what you think of this interpretation!

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Ethan It is not necessary to read them but it provides much backstory and also what happens after the books. I would suggest that you do read them.

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mark monday
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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
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Alejandro
The last stand for the control of Middle-Earth!


I WENT TO MIDDLE-EARTH AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS CRUMMY RING

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 Lord of the Rings.

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
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Ana
“I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things.”

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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
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Alex Farrand
The Return of the King 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
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Bookdragon Sean
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.
Stephen
***NEW LAWSUIT UPDATE BELOW (6-30-11)...Lone reviewer continues fight with corporate ASSCLOWNS powers in epic 1st Amendment battle royale.***

4.0 stars. FULL REVIEW (hopefully) to follow after resolution of the lawsuit* filed against this reviewer in the District Court of Narnia by, among others: 20th Century Fucks Fox, Lucasfilms, the Tolkien Estate and Robert Van Winkle (aka Vanilla AsshatIce) in order to prevent the release of an allegedly offensive but in reality just knee-slappingly funny PA
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James
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4 of 5 stars to The Return of the King, the third book in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, written in 1955, by J.R.R. Tolkien. 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
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Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, The Return of the King. 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
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Kane
Feb 09, 2011 Kane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Review of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, by Sauron

[Oprah Winfrey voice-over]: We all remember him. Sauron, the displaced Lord of the Rings. Once feared by millions, Sauron has been living in relative squalor in what he prefers to remain an undisclosed location.

[Video shows unidentified heap of garbage behind a Wal-mart. In front stands a mailbox with the word "Nameless Enemy" printed on the front. The flag is down.]

[applause]

Oprah: Today, we'll be joined by someone that many of you kn
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J.G. Keely
Writers who inspire a genre are usually misunderstood. Tolkien's reasons for writing were completely unlike those of the authors he inspired. He didn't have an audience, a genre, and scores of contemporaries. There was a tradition of high adventure fairy tales, as represented by Eddison, Dunsany, Morris, MacDonald, Haggard, and Kipling, but this was only part of what inspired Tolkien.

His writing was chiefly influenced by his familiarity with the mythological traditions of the Norse and Welsh cul
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 23, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010); TFG100 Most Favorite Books; Time 100; Metalist 100 by Newsweek; Guardian's 100
What else can I say? I enjoyed all these three books included in
The Lord of the Rings

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien (5 STARS), The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien (5 STARS) and now
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3) by J.R.R. Tolkien(5 STARS).

It has the most tight interesting plot, memorable characters and universal unending theme: the triumph of good over evil. In fact, in the closing scene of the book, Frodo gives the book he wrote to Sam, the world's greatest gardener. The title of the book is The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King. The "lord" refers to the evil king Sauron
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Liz
Is it even possible to review a legend? To write a review about a completely different and unique world?

It is not. It is just not possible.
Just imagine writing a review about our world, about all the countries and cities and cultures and all the wars. It would simply be too long and too difficult.

What I can say about this book is that the epic journey finally came to an end.
The Fellowship had to fight bloody, hopeless fights, it had to survive epic battles and it found friends where friends
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Lyndz
Jun 08, 2011 Lyndz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches-wizards


Well, there really IS no greater compliment...
Paul
Well, I've come to the end of the road once more... This was my tenth reading of Tolkien's saga of Middle Earth (the first time I visited was in 1986) and it's pointless trying to write a balanced review of my favourite books. Suffice it to say that these books are a part of me; written into my DNA, if you like, and I love them dearly.
I'll be back in a year or two, Bagginses, to do it all over again...

Buddy read with Sunshine Seaspray.

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And I did co
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Foad
«درست مثل داستان های معروف ، آقای فرودو. اون هایی که واقعاً مهم بودند، اون هایی که پر از خطر و تاریکی بودن. و گاهی آدم دلش نمی خواست پایان قصه رو بدونه، چون چطور می تونست پایان خوبی داشته باشه؟ چطور دنیا می تونه پر از خوبی بشه وقتی که این قدر اتفاقات بد میفته؟ ولی در نهایت این سایه می گذره. حتی تاریک ترین شب هم می گذره و جای خودش رو به روز میده.

این ها داستان هایی بودند که توی ذهنت باقی می موندن و برات اهمیت داشتن، حتی اگر کوچیک تر از اون بودی که دلیلش رو بفهمی. ولی حالا می فهمم، آقای فرودو، حالا
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Roly Chuter
May 16, 2007 Roly Chuter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m sure glad Stevie didn’t bother to read this one:
Sam and Frodo wake up in some swamp/heath/mountain pass
Frodo: We’re lost, oh its awful, I’m hungry, we only have 3 pieces of elfin bread left
Sam: Don’t worry Frodo I’m here for you, you have the bread
Sam and Frodo walk around a bit looking dirty and lost and miserable
Frodo: oh the ring, it’s so heavy, how will I cope?
Golem: Myyy presssciousss [and all that nonsense]
Sam: Don’t worry you have a nice sleep, things’ll look better in the morning you
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Todd
Aug 22, 2007 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
To me, the whole point of reading the first two books of LOTR is to get to this one, because this is the truly masterful part of the story.

One thing I will say is that I really admire how the main heroes of the story, Frodo and Sam, are quite inconsequential in the classic tradition of heroes. They can't fight, they can't cast spells, they can't really do anything except persevere through extreme trial, all so that they can do what they promised to do, to do the right thing. Sam, in particular,
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Laz
Dec 20, 2013 Laz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic/high fantasy lovers
“What do you fear, lady?", Aragorn asked.
"A cage,", Éowyn said. "To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”


Writing this review I have a wild hunger to re-read this series again just to get to feel that excitement and the rush of emotions that these books instill in me.

The epic conclussion to it all. The war. The great fight. The way it all ends. The sacrifice. The obsession. The act of overcoming the inredible.
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Mary
Jan 02, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still 5 stars. Still amazing.
Denisse
Jul 25, 2014 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any HIGH FANTASY fan. I mean REAL high fantasy fans
Recommended to Denisse by: the movie LOL
Shelves: best-adult-books
Everything that can be said about this has already been said. And yes, this book is by far one of the best things I’ve read, actually the trilogy in general is. A perfect conclusion, strong in its dialogues and confident in its story. Emotional, fast paced and intelligent.


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¡un día de la espada, un día rojo, antes de que llegue el alba!

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El trabajo de toda una vida concluye de manera perfecta. De verdad. El libro tiene una fluidez estupenda, a pesar de que cada personaje tiene su propósito part
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Becky
I feel a little unfair giving this book only 3 stars, but that is what I feel it deserves if it is to be judged on its own. There's a lot of good stuff in here, but then there's a whole lot of draggy description and slow movement, and that somewhat overwhelms the book for me.

But hey, Arwen actually had a speaking role in this book, so maybe I should give the star back, eh? Nah. Just kidding. There were three different romance lines in this book, PLUS a love triangle... of sorts. It's lucky I do
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Glenn Sumi
My First Journey Through Middle-earth Cometh To An End (a.k.a., Hey Folks, I Made It There And Back Again!)



Wow. I did it! I journeyed over some 1200 pages, met strange creatures, witnessed real magic, wept, gasped, laughed, moaned, yawned (occasionally), and by the end of it all felt as exhausted and grateful as Sam and Frodo dragging their precious, burdensome cargo to Mount Doom.

Herewith, as in my reviews of the two previous volumes, are some observations from a Tolkien novice. Please excuse
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Vanessa
Apr 13, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did it! I finally finished The Lord of the Rings! This third part, The Return of the King, is probably my second favourite installment (my favourite being The Two Towers), but this was the first time I had read the book all the way through and I'm so happy that I finally did it because the journey was well worth it.

Overall I would rate The Lord of the Rings as a 4 out of 5, as there were definitely peaks and troughs throughout the reading of it. In TROTK, there was a lot to love - the continui
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Douglas Wilson
Oct 11, 2015 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not sure how many times I have enjoyed this trilogy, starting when I was in high school. Just finished it yet again. Just magnificent. I am thinking through a companion book to What I Learned in Narnia -- What I Learned in Middle Earth -- and so I wouldn't want to say too much about it here. But I will say two things. One is that I believe the color gray is mentioned about a hundred times more than all the other colors put together. And secondly, Tolkien is enough of a master to make going to He ...more
Kakashi  Hatake
Jun 07, 2017 Kakashi Hatake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
who is Tolkien ?

There are books, then there are classics. There are writers, then there are authors. A step above them you have the story tellers .
Here here behold a master of his art .The chief among the greatest story tellers ever to grace this earth

What about his stories ?

“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 be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
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Brian
2017 Review:

Again, the book stands apart from the movies since I haven't seen them. Peter Jackson directed superb movies, and gave them a relevant appeal to our culture and time, including the Celtic music and significant accents. The book felt to me, this time around, as the Dungeons and Dragons and Final Fantasy NES games felt to me as a teen, and as I did back when my friends gathered with books, papers and dice and let one of us be a Dungeon Master, and walk us through an all-night quest. I
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Jelena
Feb 23, 2016 Jelena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we go, one last time. As the third and final instalment of “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Return of the King” is the end of a long and winding road, bringing closure to all of those who walked that path. Characters and readers alike.

All the grandeur and heroism is still there. So is all the dignity and loyalty. The White Rider in the Pelennor Fields. The uneasiness, the distubing murmur of the unseen in the Paths of the Dead. Taking up the part of a bait, if that only should aid the success
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Franco  Santos
Nov 02, 2014 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qué genialidad...

Excelente conclusión para la considerada por muchos la mejor saga de fantasía épica jamás escrita.

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Me hace feliz que estés aquí conmigo. Aquí al final de todas las cosas, Sam.

Es mi favorito de la serie. Me resultó imposible soltar el libro.

No voy a decir mucho más, al igual que lo hice en la reseña de La Comunidad del Anillo. Ya saben lo que se habla y lo que se venera a El Señor de los Anillos. Sólo puedo decir que este tomo fue el mejor, a mi gusto. Triste, épico, con mucha a
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Will Byrnes
The conclusion to my favorite series of all time. Will Frodo be able to complete his mission? Will such completion cost him his life? Can Middle Earth be saved? Ok. I know. You've seen the wonderful Peter Jackson films. But there is nothing like reading it for yourself. It is the difference in feeling between seeing it on TV and being there. Read the trilogy. Be there. You won't regret it.
Crispitina30
Mar 31, 2016 Crispitina30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se acabó. Se acabó y quiero llorar.

La trilogía de Tolkien ha marcado un antes y un después en mí, tanto por los libros como por las películas (en las que faltan muchísimas cosas y otras tantas son distintas, pero las recomiendo fervientemente, sobretodo por los efectos especiales y el acierto con los actores).

Unos personajes maravillosos, únicos por igual y no comparables unos con otros, que viven una aventura llena de peligros en un mundo construido hasta el último detalle. Es increíble la mae
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

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