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.
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 … more
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 … more
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.