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The Return of the King

The third volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic 3-part fantasy novel, first published in 1955.

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The End of This Tale.

  • Feb 23, 2002
In this life, all good things must come to an end and so must all journeys. THE RETURN OF THE KING is the third and final part of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. This final climatic chapter in Tolkien's masterpiece brings not only the War of the Ring to a close, but it tells of the final days of Middle Earth as well and the beginning of the Fourth Age, the Age of Man.

Sam is left to rescue Frodo from the Dark Tower while Merry, Pippin, and Gandalf wage war in defense of Gondor. Meanwhile Aragorn has gone with a small host, including Gimli and Legolas, to fufill a prophecy and pay an old debt. The days were never darker and Sauron's power grows even admist the victories of light. Still all have a role to play (even Gollum) and things aren't always what they seem.

THE RETURN OF THE KING ends bittersweetly as one parts with the companions they have traveled with so long. Yet, life goes on and so must we all. Though this journey ends, there is another waiting to begin just around the corner.

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Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
The adventure had to end, but it feels as if it was handled very well.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Best book in the series!
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
A well-written story. I like it very much.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
A real masterpiece. This final installment of the Lord of the Rings is moving and meaningful.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Wonderfully written! The world is well crafted (to say the least) and the entire series is intriguing and meaningful. The final book is no exception. Certainly worth all the hype it's earned over the years.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Best part of the series. READ THE APPENDICES!!!! Some of Tolkien's most moving prose appears there.
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
A beautifully written and touching final chapter in the epic Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
extreemley well written
review by . March 14, 2002
Pros: Will whisk you off to a wonderful fantasy world and never bring you back     Cons: Don't start reading it during finals week     The Bottom Line: Middle-earth is a nice place. I suggest you vacation there sometime.     Well, I did it. It took me two long months of fighting with school and work, but I finally did it. I finally finished the third part of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendary Lord of the Rings trilogy. And I am now officially a …
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Wikipedia page for The Return of the King
Tolkien conceived of The Lord of the Rings as a single volume comprising six "books" plus extensive appendices. The original publisher split the work into three, publishing the fifth and sixth books with the appendices under the title The Return of the King. Tolkien felt the chosen title revealed too much of the story, and indicated he preferred The War of the Ring as a title.
Tolkien may have hoped to publish the one large volume together with The Silmarillion, and to give names to the individual six books.The proposed title for Book V was The War of the Ring. Book VI was to be The End of the Third Age. These titles were used in the Millenium edition.
The Return of the King was in the end published as the third and final part of The Lord of the Rings, on October 20, 1955.
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Author: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Adventure, Classic Literature
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Date Published: October 20, 1955
Format: Novel
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