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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien

In The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien expertly weaves together the journeys of multiple characters to bring a stunning conclusion to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

In this final book the remaining members of the party each have an intricate part to play in the final battle against Sauron and his evil reign. Merry and Pippin accompany Gandalf to Minas Tirith, the capital and stronghold of Gondor. After revealing the end that befell Boromir, Pippin becomes a steward to repay his debt. Gandalf attempts to counsel the current leader of Gondor, who falls to madness. Meanwhile, Strider leads Legolas and Gimli into the dark region in an attempt to recruit the army of the dead to their cause.

Despite their vulnerability after the Battle of Hornburg, the Riders of Rohan come to the final battle in Minas Tirith. Because of his duty as steward, Pippin is forced to stay within the stronghold walls. Merry secretly goes to battle alongside the only soldier who doesn't scoff at his desire to defend the world due to his small stature. The soldier turns out to be an earlier acquaintance and together they take on one of the worst of the Black Riders. Strider and his group arrive in time to change the tide of battle, but not soon enough to prevent a sickness from befalling the land. Finally, the king takes his place and begins to heal the land.

The journey isn't over yet. Sam and Frodo are still on their way to Mount Doom to destroy the ring. After Frodo meets with an untimely demise, Sam takes it upon himself to complete the mission. After tangling with orcs and Gollum, the ring is successfully destroyed.

The party goes on one last journey, each departing upon reaching his homeland. Upon arriving to their homeland, the Hobbits find there is yet one more battle to take on. Industrial fiends have taken over the Shire and they must fight to take it back.

Tolkien creates an complete world filled with adventure, poetry, and memorable characters. Many readers may find themselves wanting to learn more about Middle Earth and its history, which can be found in books like The Silmarillion. His son, Christopher Tolkien, has also taken to editing his father's remaining work and notes to provide readers with even more material to enjoy, such as The Children of Húrin.

Books in the series:
The Hobbit
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers

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