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The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings, Bk 3)
The Return of the King - Lord of the Rings, Bk 3
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
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ISBN-13: 9780345339737
ISBN-10: 0345339738
Publication Date: 7/12/1986
Pages: 512
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 554 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
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Tolkien what can I say!
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What I love most about this book is the appendix section. Learn to write in runes!
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A good afternoon's read for those who love Tolkien's fantasy world.
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Another series that caught me up and never let me go.
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The epitome of epic fantasy. Tolkien was a masterful world-builder. Even the appendices are not to be missed!
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a great read
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Very good, but very long book.
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Cried at the end.
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Phenomenal! Exciting conclusion to the LOTR trilogy completes what was originally written as one enormous volume.
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While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarmed out to conquer all Middle-Earth, Frodo and Sam struggled deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron's power. To defeat the Dark Lord, the accursed Ring of Power had to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. But the way was impossibly hard, and Frodo was weakening. Weighed down by the compulsion of the Ring, he began finally to despair.
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a great classic in fantasy reading
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The story ends...and the appendices are as richly detailed as the story itself. This trilogy is hard to break into pieces--I have never been able to read one volume and not pick up the next immediately after.
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The bravery begins here and the story's true heroes are brought to light in this, the finale.
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My grandchildren loved it.
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It's difficult to write comments about such a wonderful read. I shall include only a few details which hopefully encourage others to read the book. I will begin with the siege of Gondor.

Gondor is besieged by the dark and the brave men defending it are discouraged and desperate again and again as the gate is bombarded. Finally, the gate falls and the only defender is Gandalf the magician. Many have died horrible deaths and the fear of the future pervades all. Then a cock crows and a horn is heard in the deep, dark silence. Help has arrived!

As the allies arrive the tide turns and seige of Gondor is won but many of brave defenders died in the process. The fight was furious but the men of Gondor and their allies succeed. Gandalf is now in charge and recommends that an army chase the enemy from the field to distract the enemy from the quest undertaken by Frodo and Sam. At the end of this section the army is surrounded by the enemy and Pippin falls into the dark. He wishes his friend, Merry, was by his side.

The king and his men fought on and are surrounded when Frodo and Sam at last gain the mountain. When the ring is destroyed so also is evil throughout the land. The king won his battle, returned to Gondor is crowned and wed. Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry returned to the Shire to find mayhem to clear. Once the ruffians and Sharkey were gone, Sam set about organizing cleanup and planted the beloved trees to bring the shire back.

These are only a few of the highlights of this wonderful read. I read the earlier books months ago. My only recommendation is to read them closer together as one tends to forget the geography of these mythical lands. One cannot, however, forget the characters.
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Awesome classic! It's a bout time they had a movie for these.
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Loved the last book of the trilogy. Good versus evil - a fight the finish. This book will keep you turning the pages.
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Great--but of course it is! It's Tolkien!
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this is the last of the rings trilogy.

The great tale of wonder, like the great novel, is not a preoccupation of children... the adult mind has, if anything, greater need of fantasy than that of a child... In The Lord of the Rings, a whole secondary world is created and successfully sustained through three large volumes. these are sure to remain Tolkien's life work, and are cetainly destined to outlast our time.
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A fabulous book, I had a great time reading it.
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Classic Tolkien!
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From Library Journal

New Line Cinema will be releasing "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy in three separate installments, and Houghton Mifflin Tolkien's U.S. publisher since the release of The Hobbit in 1938 will be re-releasing each volume of the trilogy separately and in a boxed set (ISBN 0-618-15397-7. $22; pap. ISBN 0-618-15396-9. $12). Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From AudioFile

[Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with THE TWO TOWERS.]--There is something incongruous about American voices in ancient Britain (or to be precise, Middle Earth). Nonetheless, these American productions of the Tolkien classics--originally broadcast on NPR Playhouse--are well worth hearing. While not as elaborate as the BBC production (which featured Ian Holm), this adaptation is more accessible to a wider audience. Gail Chugg, who also plays the character of Gollum, narrates the story with an easy storyteller's style. James Arrington reads the part of Frodo Baggins, the Hobbit bearing the burden of a ring of great power. Bernard Mayes portrays the wizard Gandalf with a homespun flourish. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Third part of a gripping series, JRR Tolkien knows how to grab a readers attention. Follow Frodo and his friends to the end of the Trilogy.
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Sam and Frodo struggle deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron's power to defeat the Dark Lord
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Loved the story.
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THE LAST BOOK IN THE TRILOGY...VINTAGE TOLKIEN
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It was a great book with great description! I loved the character elaboration.
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What can I say? If you've come this far with Frodo & his buddies, you can't stop now! this is the most amazingly well written story! I have read all of these books at least ten times since I first picked up The Hobbit in the fourth grade. A MUST READ!
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Part III The Return of the King
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for several years as a preteen - teen I read the trilogy each year, started at Christmas and read The Hobbit, and then these three. Oh how I loved the time spent immersed in Tolkien's world. One of the best gifts anyone has ever given me.
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old edition of a classic. Published in 1972!
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My sons loved this book....I just never tried to read them
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This is a great read. i love the detail on most things in this book.
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Includes the appendices, which tells you whether Belecthor I came before or after Orodreth as Steward of Gondor (don't laugh, many young men of my era cared deeply about such things, and they are running companies in Silicon Valley now.)
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"Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,..."
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Please read review of THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.
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On cover - While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarmed out to conquer all Middle-earth, Frodo and Sam struggled deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron's power. To defeat the Dark Lord, the accursed Ring of Power had to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. But the way was impossibly hard, and Frodo was weakening. Weighed down by the compulsion of the Ring, he began finally to despair.
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If you want to find out what really happened in the book that didn't happen in the movie... read this. J.R.R. Tolkien is an exceptional writer and these stories... all three of them... AND the Hobbit are spellbinding and captivating.
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Had never read these books- ( The Hobbit) and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.If you haven't read them and you love fantasy,try them -you'll love them.
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Fantastic!!! Fantasy Classic!!!
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Contains the appendices, which are more important to ringies than the books themselves. I'm still waiting for the movie of Appendix A, I wonder who will play Tar Ancalime?
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This is the conclusion of Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings.
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a very good tale.
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whats left to say bit different from movie but thats why we read the books.
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While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarmed out to conquer all Middle-0earth, Frodo and Sam struggled deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron's power. To defeat the Dark Lord, the accursed Ring of Power had to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom
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The first two books of the trilogy are great but I gave up on this one a few chapters in.
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50th anniversary edition
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While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarmed out to conquer all Middle-earth, Frodo and Sam struggled deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron's power. To defeat the Dark Lord, the accursed Ring of Power had to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. But the way was impossibly hard, and Frodo was weakening. Weighed down by the compulsion of the Ring, he began finally to despair.
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in perfect condition. must read for fantasy lovers. check out two others in this set. (forth book is "the fellowship of the ring" which i don't have, unfortunately.)
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The kind has returned to claim his throw for the good of all men
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While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarmed out to conquer all Middle-earth, Frodo and Sam struggled deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron's power. To defeat the Dark Lord, the accursed Ring of Power had to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. But the way was impossible hard, and Frodo was weakening. Weighed down by the compulsion of the Ring, he began finally to despair.
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Jacket worn but otherwise book in good condition.
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With this book, I will also send the Companion book, which is about the curious creator, the sword-crossing critics, it will not only captivate Tolkien enthusiasts but amuse those who "just don't get it." (discussion questions, gmes, Middle-earth receipes and maps)
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Ack. One of the worst three books I've ever read. I like to finish what I start and I did but it was painful. Maybe this appeals to the wanderlust of some people, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I am probably all alone out there with this review but it is what it is.
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ON my copy the cover is different than pictured
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Read it a couple of times. Show so wear, but still in excellent shape.
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Increadable book, worth owning, and in good condition.
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Cover art varies
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Perfect Condition.