|Return of the King|
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Series: The Lord of the Rings, Part 3
Review by: CL6 missMaul
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This is the final part of The Lord of the Rings, here you will find out whether Frodo will make it into Mount Doom and destroy the ring. Whether Aragorn will accept his destiny as the King of Men. Whether Merry and Pippin will see each other again. And of course, whether Sauron will win or lose the war even when he hasn't got the Ring (yet?).
Book five starts with Pippin who is going to Minas Thirit with Gandalf. Gandalf is going to convince Denethor that the war will come down now. Aragorn will be taking a different route to Minas Thirit, together with Gimli, Legolas, Merry and the Rohirrim. He will have to face his destiny and accept his task as King of Men. He must also lead the big war that will decide who will rule Middle Earth from now on, Men or Orcs.
Book Six tells where Frodo and Sam are. Frodo has been captured and Sam is trying to find him, using the Ring. When he does Frodo is very weak, but the Mount isn't far anymore. Still Gollum is after them, trying to get his hands on the Ring.
This is all I'm going to tell about the story. The rest will spoil your reading pleasure. It is worth the read of course. You've read the other two books and you must know how it ends. So no matter what I write here, if you have read the other two books you will read this one. You will not be disappointed, the ending is very satisfying. Even though there is this big anti-climax everything will come together, no open ending.
The story develops very well, there are some nice twists and turns. The characters are worked even further and in a logical way. You understand why they do what they do, why they hesitate and why they make their decisions. The landscape is described into every little detail as ever.
The thing I like most is that there isn't just one here, there are more. Everyone does their bit during the final battle, no one can be missed. There's no big tom Cruise-like character who will win this war for us. This story tells us everyone is worth something all the time, however small your part may be.
The story is exciting, sad, heroic and epic. It is everything you expect it to be and more. I think I told most things in my reviews of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers and there is not much left to say. These are good books and should be read by every fantasy fan. Do not read if you don't like details and stories about elves and dwarves and magical things. Otherwise, just read them. It takes a little patience, the books aren't easy, but once you're going you will want to know how it ends.
Title: Return of the King