old edition of a classic. Published in 1972!
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.
The end of the trilogy, but really just a part of the world Tolkien created. I'm not going to worry about spoilers here, could there really be anyone left who doesn't know this story? You have to feel elated that the Ring has been destroyed, and that evil has been pushed back a long way, but just like in real life there is a lot of grief too. So many people died. Frodo did not exactly triumph - he got the Ring to where it needed to be, but in the end it overcame him. It wasn't just the wounds he sustained along the journey that drove him to the Grey Havens in the end, I think it was the knowledge that if not for Gollum he would have failed.
Don't just read to the end of the story and ignore the appendixes. There is a lot of geneological and linguistic information you may not be interested in. But there is also a continuation of the story - what the 3 hobbits did for the rest of their lives, how Aragon and Arwen met and what happened when Aragon finally grew old, the meeting of Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield that led to the adventures in The Hobbit.
The Return of The King which brings to a close the great epic of war and adventure begun in The Fellowship of The Ring and continued in The Two Towers. It is the final part of J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece, "The Lord of The Rings".