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The Return of the King ❰Reading❯ ➿ The Return of the King Author J.R.R. Tolkien – In celebration of The Hobbit's fifteenth anniversary the authoritative edition of its stirring seuel The Lord of the Rings is elegantly presented in handsome uniform editions In the First Part of The In celebration of The Hobbit's fifteenth anniversary of the Epub â the authoritative edition of its stirring seuel The The Return ePUB í Lord of the Rings is elegantly presented in handsome uniform editions In the First Part of Return of the eBook ↠ The Lord of the Rings year old Bilbo Baggins hero of The Hobbit passed along his magical ring to his orphaned nephew Frodo — unwittingly setting its original owner the horrible Gollum on his trail Lest the ring fall into evil hands Frodo sought to destroy it at the Mountain of Fire in the enemy land of Mordor In the Second Part which recounts his perilous journey Frodo succeeded in taming Gollum and enlisting his aid; the creature's treacherous nature however soon reasserted itself As the Third Part opens Frodo has been captured by orcs and the task of destroying the ring — and saving the world of Middle earth — falls to his plucky servant Samwise book jacket.

  • Hardcover
  • 440 pages
  • The Return of the King
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • English
  • 08 August 2015
  • 9780395489307

10 thoughts on “The Return of the King

  1. mark monday mark monday says:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥a rousing climax to the most ravishing love story of the modern age tempestuous tormented Frodo at long last learns to accept the love of his lifemate the loyal and submissive Samwise Gamgee bottom extraordinaire this is truly a tale of love's labour hard won and at such a cost but love conuers all in the end and even bitter militantly hetero villain Sauron cannot stand in the heart's path for too long in this third book of the torrid trilogy Frodo's love hate relationship with the concept of commitment deftly symbolized by a gorgeous one of a kind designer ring reaches a dramatic fever pitch as he wrestles with his awkward feelings about monogamy gay marriage in the boiling repressive deserts of Mordor clearly a stand in for maverick Texazona fortunately the maternal Sam is constantly by his side to offer succor forever the wind beneath Frodo's wings♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥the incredibly racy erotic atmosphere is filled with a circuit party's worth of soldier types as well as many classic ueer icons butch trade turned romantic male model Aragorn; saucy friends with benefits Merry Pippin; the tough dour yet loveable uber dyke Arwen; little bear daddy Gimli; cringing closet case Oh My Precious; fey pretty boy Legolas; the exuisite drag ueen enchantress Galadriel; and of course presiding over them all flouncing from scene to scene battling his nasty sourpuss of an ex boyfriend Saruman and just chewing up the scenery like no one elsethe fabulous and effervescent Gandalf the Gay you go girlfriend ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥despite the couple dozen unnecessary scenes of Sam staring dreamily into Frodo's sad sad eyes this is truly a flawless and timeless gay classic one that boldly states Love Is a Glorious Burden That We Must Ever Shoulder love knows no boundaries and even the smallest of men can have the biggestheart i suppose ueer fave Enya even contributes to the soundtrack Return of the King is a luscious deliriously homoerotic fantasia♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥oops forgot i wasn't reviewing the thrillingly fagtastic film version well as far as the novel goes it is perfect i wouldn't change a word even the poetry is awesome

  2. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Tolkien is the master of world building With his writing comes generations of detailed history and lore Middle Earth did not simply spring up overnight Instead it is firmly established with the most thorough groundwork that is simply unmatched And here his epic trilogy comes to an end I’ve read it many times over the years and reviewing it is no easy task So like my reviews of the first two books I’ve picked out ten things I really love about the book Spoilers ahead 1The blade that was broken has been remade From the ashes a fire shall be woken A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken The crownless again shall be king Aragorn never really felt kingly until he was given the sword of Elendil His commanding presence became than just a presence when he wielded the sword We all knew it was coming but it was great to see it happen nonetheless 2The last of the stewards With the return of the kings also ushers in the end of the stewards For all Boromir’s weakness and his father’s madness Faramir maintained his honour Had he taken the ring for himself the realms of men would have fallen He played a pivotal role in the action and his actions demonstrated that men are not as weak as the elves thought His fate and future titles show such a thing 3Théoden’s Sacrifice There are many heroes within this trilogy many men who give up their lives to vanuish evil In spite of Gondor ignoring his calls for aid in spite of Gondor watching Saruman ravish the lands of Rohan Théoden still rides to her aid when his own lands are safe He honours his pledge even when the one made to him was broken Acting on the advice of Gandalf he suashes his own hurt pride and rides for war because he understands what is at stake if he does not Théoden was a true king and one the bravest men of this story He knew what he rode to but he went anyway “Arise arise Riders of ThéodenFell deeds awake fire and slaughterspear shall be shaken shield be splintereda sword day a red day ere the sun risesRide now ride now Ride to Gondor” 4Girl Power “What do you fear lady? Aragorn askedA cage Éowyn said To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire”There have not been many moments for women to show their strength in this story Arwen’s moment in the films was non existent in the book Frodo was saved on the river by an Elf lord called Glorfindel So when Eowen battled the Witch King it is the first major moment Tolkien gave to a female hero In a vastly male dominated genre it was great to read this scene If I have one criticism of Tolkien it’s that we didn’t see of such things 5Golem’s internal warGolem almost comes back into the light He tries so very hard to conuer the ring though ultimately it defeats him and he succumbs to its power Had Frodo never been forced to betray Golem to Faramir in The Two Towers I do think he would have stayed loyal Perhaps he would have survived the events of this book What do you think? Could he ever have been on the ships bound to the grey havens after all had done? 6The Siege of Minas Tirith This is probably one of the most exciting action seuences I’ve read in fiction Sauron’s hoard is unleashed in all its brutal fury and the realms of men uake in its wake Their defences are weak; their courage faltering but they do have one weapon to stem the tide the white rider Terry Brooks loved it so much he copied the entire thing or thereabouts in The Sword of Shannara 7The Mouth of Sauron Is there any in this rout with authority to treat with me? Or indeed with wit to understand me? A massively unrepresented character on the screen and one who spent much of the third age waring the dwarves in the north and the elves of Mirkwood The Mouth of Sauron is the vessel of Sauron’s voice Second only to the Nazgul in the command structure The Mouth of Sauron is sent in to negotiate threaten and persuade when tact is reuired Nazgul are clearly incapable of such a task so it falls to him I’d love to know about this character and his deeds but his end at the Black Gate in the movie is most fitting We can only presume that he also died there in the book though there is no mention of his demise8Hobbit loyalty Frodo Frodo wouldn't have got far without Sam Sam Now Mr Frodo you shouldn't make fun; I was being serious Frodo So was ISam saves Frodo so many times in this series Whilst Frodo has the burden of the ring Sam has the burden of Frodo Without him Frodo would be dead most likely murdered by Golem in his sleep or if he made it that far alive eaten by Shelob 9The Hobbit warIn the films Saruman dies at Isengard In the book he is imprisoned by Treebeard only to later convince him to let him escape He and Wormtongue in a senseless act of aggression conuer the Shire Such a situation allows for the Hobbits to show that they no longer need wizards or Kings to deal with their problems They arrive back rally their people and crush the evil that has infected their home Saruman who only has the power of his voice at this point dies in the action All though this dragged the book out a bit it was entirely necessary to show the growth of the characters after the story had ended 10The Grey HavensIt also explains Frodo’s decision to leave the Shire something the movies fluffed up The Shire is never the same and any attempt to rebuild it will never make it feel like home for Frodo He has gone through too much to go back to his old life So he needs a new one one where he can heal and attempt to put his past behind him The beautiful lands to the west await him I love this final image “But I have been too deeply hurt Sam I tried to save the Shire and it has been saved but not for me It must often be so Sam when things are in danger some one has to give them up lose them so that others may keep them” You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree

  3. Mike (the distracted librarian) Mike (the distracted librarian) says:

    EXTENDED EDITION MOVIES MARATHON TIME 😍😃😃😃 my place at 5 am Bring snacks❗️Note there are much scholarly reviews available out there so if that interests you I would refer you to reviews like this one the official Tolkien Society being said I hope my layman approach is enjoyable for most 😉Aragorn For FrodoHoly Gimli son of Glóin I loved this book Tolkien is a demigod when it comes to worldbuilding and storytelling You would be hard pressed to find any fantasy novel that reaches the level of his imagination and literacy I wouldn't say the book is perfect but the races he includes with their various languages expressed in song and poem and the references to internal lore of past events can make you forget that you’re reading high fantasy instead of a true historical retelling of an epic pastWhenever I read a narrative story I consciously try and suspend all disbelief to fully live inside the world presented which can often result in disappointment But when a novel is well written and believable well there’s no better way to experience a book in my view Tolkien doesn't disappoint and at no time did he pull my attention away from my uest through middle earth as an integral member of the Fellowship of the RingEven darkness must pass A new day will come And when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer Those were the stories that stayed with you That meant somethingWho could ask for a better loyal friend than Sam? But when developing characters how do you keep them from becoming too perfect? Well Sam would definitely fit into the “too perfect” category if it weren’t for the masterful way in which his strengths and flaws eualize We all love Sam because he has the ualities of superhuman friendship and devotion we all wish for yet he lacks confidence in his own decisions which makes us empathize with himDespite his weaknesses through the novels Sam becomes the focus of the story as Frodo fades into a singular mentality of resisting the ring In the act of protecting his master he finds within himself the inner strength to make difficult decisions of protection He staves off Golumn for some time carries the ring and saves Frodo from the Tower of Cirith Ungol and even carries Frodo up the side of Mount Doom at the end of their uest By the conclusion of the novel Sam is a true hero after the Battle of Bywater and is elected Mayer of the Shire for seven consecutive years We see the hero’s journey not as much through Frodo as through Sam“I would rather spend one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone”I should mention the return of the king since this book is in fact titled “The Return of the King” 😜 StriderAragorn who we all know and love unlike the movies accepts his true calling from the beginning as becoming future King of Gondor He is honorable and fearless in fighting for good and comes into his calling when needed Plus he gets to marry his one true love Arwen which is like the greatest love story of all timeThe Battle of the Pelennor Fields which is the battle at Minas Tirith was better in the movie than in the book as the battle in the book was relatively short and unsatisfying in comparison to an epic CGI final battle seuence but this is just my opinion Most often action in movies is a disappointment without an engaging accompanying storyline and even then I just tend to endure them But some movies hit the sweet spot and it changes my whole perspective The battles in the LoTR movies did just that creating realistic epic battle seuences bolstering the books Bravo Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema for a job well done“Go in peace I will not say do not weep; for not all tears are an evil”Conclusion Gandalf Legolas Bilbo Gimli Saruman Galadriel Elrond Peregrin Meriadoc Golumn and many other characters were left out of this review who are just as important and interesting as the ones mentioned Some people find the books tedious which I can agree with at some points but there is still an appreciation that can be found through each section alongside the exciting elements The level of detail in each individual description of the world around the travelers and knowing that everything is consistent with the overarching lore can be appreciated as no small feat So I’m just saying give the books their due diligence or risk missing out on one of the greatest epics of all time 😃

  4. Petrik Petrik says:

    “For like a shaft clear and cold the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach” It’s over I have finally finished reading The Return of the King the third and final part of The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien; This means that I am officially done with Tolkien’s main novels in The Middle Earth universe and I’m proud of myself for it I’ve read plenty of epic fantasy series difficult and lengthy than this trilogy you might be confused why I’m so proud of this However as I’ve mentioned in detail in my review for The Fellowship of the Ring after continuously putting the first book into my DNF pile completing this trilogy felt immensely satisfying Plus no gatekeepers—despite how many fantasy books I’ve read—would be able to accuse me of “you’re not a fantasy fans unless you’ve read The Lord of the Rings” any And to be honest if someone said this to you you should just ignore them That being said now that I’ve finished this series I will have to admit that Tolkien certainly earned his fame The writing may not hold up too well for modern fantasy readers reading this for the first time now but this being published than sixty years ago? Truly amazingPicture Road to Mount Doom by Donato GiancolaThere’s something magical and timeless in the themes told in The Lord of the Rings and The Return of the King is the conclusion of it all It is keeping the fire of hope burning even in the persisting and overwhelming darkness Often we see underdogs and farmboys story as a cliché now but as I repeatedly say they became a cliché because they worked a LOT of times In the end it always depends on the execution of the narrative to make us care about the journey and characters of the story but themes of hope and friendships—among many others—are extremely strong I think we occassionally forget one very important thing about Frodo and Sam and that is the fact that they are underdogs and unlikely heroes “I am glad you are here with me Here at the end of all things Sam” Really ponder about it again; these Hobbits are unlikely heroes—small and bereft of any physical abilities except to eat so many times in a day—trying to do their best in the name of good friendship loyalty Aragorn Legolas Gimli Theoden Eowyn and all the other warriors too—despite being separated from the Ring bearers—believed with all their hearts that they will do what’s right Everything about it is so inspiring and honestly the friendship between Frodo and Samwise Gamgee is still one of the best friendships portrayed in a fantasy series In addition to these The Return of the King also put Eowyn into the spotlight of the narrative and I LOVED it; Tolkien has created one of the most iconic scenes in fantasy with what Eowyn achieved in this book “But no living man am I You look upon a woman Éowyn I am Éomund's daughter You stand between me and my lord and kin Begone if you be not deathless For living or dark undead I will smite you if you touch him” I also think that both The Towers and The Return of the King were far easier and engaging to read than The Fellowship of the Ring The dialogues—excluding their constant use of odd “Good bye” and outdated words—between characters were compelling filled with unforgettable passages and the songs were much fewer too Most importantly though there’s no Tom Bombadil; despite many fans’ love for this character which I don’t think I’ll ever understand I seriously found Bombadil to be so out of place in this trilogy There’s one thing in this book that I wish newly released fantasy books would still include in their final installment long epilogue I love reading long epilogue or “after the battle” chapters Obviously I don’t mean for an epilogue chapter to be as long—the Scouring chapter near the end was so bizarre—as the one featured in this book but I’m actually surprised that many people hate long epilogues Personally after so many battles and destructions I would love to know about the characters’ fate after the conflict ended rather than just saying bye bye then immediately in one or two short chapters Sometimes it feels like the story ended before I even got to say goodbye to the characters “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set uprooting the evil in the fields that we know so that those who live after may have clean earth to till What weather they shall have is not ours to rule” In my opinion the most disappointing elements from this trilogy were the action seuences I’ve said this before in my review of The Two Towers Tolkien really didn’t focus his writing on the action seuences As someone who utterly loved the movies and the epic battles the battle scenes in these books were inferior and too short to my liking I enjoyed reading the build up and preparations for the battles but I didn’t get the explosive impact from reading the war scenes themselves The battle seuences in the films and the officialfan arts conjured out of the moviestext are by far superior to the prose version in my opinion In the movie adaptation the Battle of Helm’s Deep in The Two Towers and the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in The Return of the King were stunningly incredible and jaw dropping I can’t say the same about the books; I’ve read a LOT of fantasy books that have better battlewar scenesPicture The Witch King by Chris RahnAfter all said and done I think the answer to whether I love the books or the films is crystal clear The Return of the King is a classic and wonderful conclusion to Tolkien’s legendary series I will not deny the importance of Tolkien and this series in shaping and popularizing the fantasy genre that would be insane The Lord of the Rings is a great trilogy but I think the writing is a bit outdated now for modern fantasy readers reading this for the first time I definitely loved the movies and I do believe that The Children of Hurin is Tolkien’s best—and darkest—story I’m glad to have read The Lord of the Rings but I doubt I’ll ever reread them in the future As for the movies? I will rewatch them again and again and again and again “I will not say do not weep; for not all tears are an evil” Series review The Fellowship of the Ring 45 stars The Two Towers 45 stars The Return of the King 45 stars The Lord of the Rings 1215 stars You can order the book from Book Depository Free shippingYou can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewingMy Patrons Alfred Alya Annabeth Devin Hamad Jimmy Nutts Joie Mike Miracle Nicholas Zoe

  5. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    The last stand for the control of Middle Earth I WENT TO MIDDLE EARTH AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS CRUMMY RING That’s the message in a t shirt that I got in a tourism travel and I still have it I thought that it was appropiate to begin my review about the third part and final of Lord of the RingsAll that fuzz about a ring that can turn you invisible? You may think but that was the least of its properties Its major use was being able to control of the rest of ring bearers with it and if you think about that many of the most powerful beings in the Middle Earth possessed a ring well it seems logical why all that fuzz Moreover a factor that not usually is pondered is that The One Ring also helps to extend the lifetime of a being to an absurd expanse and since Sauron is just a “shadow” of his past self it’s evident why he needed The One Ring so badI commented in my review of the first part The Fellowship of the Ring about my theory of the plans of The One Ring Not Sauron’s Not Saruman’s But the One Ring It was obsessed about the Hobbits since they were the last bastion of pure goodness in the whole Middle Earth Without making any spoilers I am kinda sad that while it wasn’t due actions of The One Ring bute vil powers damaged that idyllic of a simple life Also I think that the whole thing was unnecessary to the main story and even over extending the tale kinda ruining the “final” climax of the warBack in The Hobbit Bilbo’s first act having The One Ring waspietyA small noble deed that would define the fate of the whole Middle EarthThat makes you think about it Each action has a conseuence Maybe you won’t be able to realize the conseuence but it’s clear that you have to think about your actions since you never know that something that you may consider irrelevant even correct it may lead to conseuences with epic importance ÉOWYN GALADRIEL MIDDLE EARTH GIRL POWER Again I won’t spoil anything I only can say that one of my favorite female characters in the saga is Éowyn along with Galadriel Their paths are separate they are different kind of female characters but definitely they proved their own importance and vital roles in this story plenty of male charactersGaladriel’s role was centered mainly in the first part but you'll find her here again The Fellowship of the Ring and you can’t doubt that she along with Elrond one of my favorite male characters both are of the most powerful beings in the Middle Earth where their existence over there defined the beginning and the end of the Third Age Éowyn was introduced on the second part The Two Towers but it’s on the third and final part The Return of the King where she plays her vital role in an age where men were the ones usually in the battlefieldsIt’s clear that a predilect theme of JRR Tolkien was to show that while wars are things to avoid if possible if the war is inescapable it’s short sighted and close minded not considering the worth and courage of the “unlikely” beings Hobbits women and including them into the ranks of the defending army Since many times the tall and strong men don’t think that people of small height or from the “weaker sex” can be valuable during a war But you can testify that in “The War of the Ring” four Hobbits and a woman changed the course of it during epic moments of impossible odds LEGACY OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS The saga ends here Return of the King at least the main story because certainly you can find a LOT of tales in the other books by Tolkien set in the Middle EarthAnd it’s indisputable the legacy caused by this storySince ALL the following novels and book series in the genre of epic fantasy are inspired andor influenced due the publication of Lord of the Rings but its impact isn’t limited to this literary genre since if you know what to look or watching carefully you’ll find plots elements concepts etc of this story in other novels of different genres in films in TV etcOnce you woud be aware of this story you keep noticing here and there the influence and impact of it Not matter if you like Lord of the Rings or not you have to thank anyway since the imagination and creativity in the minds of artists in the whole world in all kind of art fields were never the same after the publication of this work They got betterThank you Tolkien

  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    494 The Lord of The Rings The Return of the King JRR TolkienThe Return of the King Sauron sends a great army against Gondor Gandalf arrives at Minas Tirith to warn Denethor of the attack while Theoden musters the Rohirrim to ride to Gondor's aid Minas Tirith is besieged Denethor is deceived by Sauron and falls into despair He burns himself alive on a pyre nearly taking his son Faramir with him Aragorn accompanied by Legolas Gimli and the Rangers of the North takes the Paths of the Dead to recruit the Dead Men of Dunharrow who are bound by a curse which denies them rest until they fulfil their long ago forsworn oath to fight for the King of Gondor Following Aragorn the Army of the Dead strikes terror into the Corsairs of Umbar invading southern Gondor Aragorn defeats the Corsairs and uses their ships to transport the men of southern Gondor up the Anduin reaching Minas Tirith just in time to turn the tide of battle Eowyn Theoden's niece slays the Lord of the Nazgul with help from Merry Together Gondor and Rohan defeat Sauron's army in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields though at great cost Theoden is slain and Eowyn and Merry are injured ارباب حلقه‌ها جیآرآر تالکین نگاه، روزنه، جلد سوم بازگشت شاه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه جولای سال 2004 میلادیعنوان ارباب حلقه‌ ها فرمانروای حلقه ها مجلد سوم بازگشت شاه؛ نویسنده جیآرآر تالکین؛ مترجم رضا علیزاده؛ تهران، روزنه، 1381؛ چاپ ششم 1391؛ فرودو و سام به حرکت خود در سرزمین موردور به سمت کوه هلاکت ادامه می‌دهند؛ در آن سوی کوههای موردور بزرگترین جنگ دوران سوم، نبرد حلقه آغاز میشود؛ نبردی که هر چند تنها متوجه شهر «میناس تیریث» است، اما نتیجه اش تمام خطّه ی میانه را تحت تأثیر قرار میدهد؛ پیروزی یا شکست نیروهای تاریکی، به موفقیت یا عدم موفقیت فرودو و سام وابسته استنقل از متن از کتاب بازگشت شاه فرمانروای حلقه ها حلقه ای سه برای پادشاهان اِلف در زیر گنبد نیلی، حلقه ای هفت برای فرمانروایان دورف در تالارهای سنگی، حلقه ای نُه برای آدمیان که محکوم به مرگ اند و فانی، و یکی از برای فرمانروای تاریکی بر سریر تاریکش، در سرزمین موردور، و سایه های آرمیده اش حلقه ای است از برای حکم راندن، حلقه ای است برای یافتن، حلقه ای است از برای آوردن، و در تاریکی به هم پیوستن، در سرزمین موردور و سایه های آرمیده اشکتاب پنجم فصل یک «میناس تی ریت»؛ «پی پین» از پناه شنل گندالف، بیرون را نگریست؛ نمیدانست بیدار است، یا باز خواب میبیند، و هنوز در همان رویای شتابناکی سیر میکند که از هنگامِ شروعِ سفرِ سواره ی بزرگ، او را به خود مشغول کرده بود؛ جهانِ تاریک شتابان از کنارش میگذشت و باد با صدای بلند در گوشش آواز میخواند چیزی جز ستاره های دوار را نمیتوانست ببیند، و آن دورها در سمت راست، سایه های عظیم را در برابر آسمان، آنجا که کوههای جنوب از مقابل او رژه میرفتند خواب آلود کوشید تا گذشت زمان و مراحل سفر را محاسبه کند، اما خاطراتش آمیخته به رویا و مشکوک بود مرحله ی نخست سفر را با سرعتی طاقت فرسا و بیتوقف آغاز کرده بودند، و آنگاه در سپیده صبح، «پی پین» پرتو پریده رنگ طلا را دیده بود، و آنان به شهر خاموش و کاخِ بزرگِ خالی از سکنه، بر روی تپه رسیده بودند؛ تازه در پناه آن قرار گرفته بودند، که سایه ی بالدار، بار دیگر از بالای سرشان گذشته بود، و مردان همه از ترس پژمرده بودند؛ اما گندالف سخنانی آرامشبخش به او گفته بود، و «پی پین» خسته، اما ناآرام، در گوشه ای خفته، و به طرزی مبهم از آمد و رفت و گفتگوی مردان، و نیز دستورهای گندالف آگاه شده بود؛ و باز بار دیگر تاختن، تاختن در شب؛ دو شب، نه، سه شب از هنگامی که در سنگ نگریسته بود، میگذشت؛ با این خاطره هولناک به یک باره از خواب پرید و لرزید و ناله ی باد پر از صداهای تهدیدآمیز شد؛ نوری در آسمان نمایان گشت، پرتو آتشی زرد در پس موانع تاریک؛ «پی پین» لحظه ای هراسان از فکر اینکه گندالف او را به کدام سرزمین دهشتبار میبرد، خود را عقب کشید؛ چشمانش را مالید، و آنگاه دید که این ماه است، که برفراز سایه های شرقی طلوع میکند، و اکنون قرص آن تقریبا کامل بود؛ پس هنوز خیلی از شب نگذشته بود و سفر در تاریکی هنوز باید ساعتها ادامه مییافت؛ تکانی به خود داد و لب به سخن گشودپرسید «کجا هستیم گندالف؟» ساحر پاسخ داد «در قلمرو گوندور؛ سرزمین آنورین را هنوز پشت سر نگذاشته ایم»؛ دوباره مدتی سکوت برقرار شد آنگاه «پی پین» ناگهان فریادی زد، و به شنل گندالف چنگ انداخت «آن چیست؟ نگاه کن آتش، آتش سرخ توی این سرزمین اژدها هم پیدا میشود؟ ببین، آن هم یکی دیگر»؛گندالف در جواب رو به اسبش فریاد زد؛ «به پیش شدوفکس باید شتاب کنیم؛ وقت تنگ است؛ ببین فانوسهای گوندور روشن اند و کمک میخواهند؛ آتش جنگ شعله ور شده؛ نگاه کن، آتش را روی آمون دین ببین، و شعله ها را روی آیلناخ؛ ببین اینک به طرف غرب میشتابند ناردول، اره لاس، مین ریمون، کالنهاد، و هالیفیراین در مرزهای روهان»، اما شدوفکس دست از تاخت برداشت و سرعتش را تا حد یورتمه ای آرام پایین آورد، و سرش را بلند کرد و شیهه کشید، از درون تاریکی صدای شیهه اسبان دیگر در پاسخ به آن شنیده شد؛ درست در همان لحظه، صدای تق تق سم اسبان به گوش رسید، و سه سوار از گرد راه رسیدند، و همچون اشباح بالدار، در زیر نور ماه گذشتند، و در غرب ناپدید شدند آنگاه شدوفکس دوباره بر سرعت خود افزود و از جا جست، و شب همچون بادی غران بر سرش وزیدن گرفت «پی پین» دوباره خواب آلود شد، و دیگر چندان توجهی به گفته های گندالف نکرد، که از رسم و رسومات گوندور برای او حرف میزد، و اینکه چگونه فرمانروای شهر فانوسهایی را بر فراز تپه های دور افتاده، در دو سوی دامنه ی رشته کوه بزرگ ساخته، و پاسگاههایی را در این نقاط دایر کرده است، و اسبان تازه نفس را همیشه در آنجا آماده نگه میدارند، تا چاپارهای او را به روهان در شمال، یا به بل فالاس در جنوب برسانند گفت «الآن زمان درازی از روشن شدن فانوسها میگذرد؛ و در گوندورِ روزگارِ باستان، نیازی به این چیزها نبود، چون آنها هفت سنگ را داشتند» پی پین هراسان تکانی خورد گندالف گفت «دوباره بخواب و نگران نباش چون قرار نیست تو هم مثل فرودو به موردور بروی، بلکه داری به میناس تی ریت میروی و در این روزگار، تو آنجا همانقدر در امانی که در جاهای دیگر اگر گوندور سقوط کند، یا حلقه به چنگ دشمن بیافتد، آن وقت شایر هم ایمن نیست» پی پین گفت «حرف تو تسلی ام نمیدهد» اما با وجود این خواب آهسته آهسته بر او چیره شد آخرین چیز پیش از اینکه کاملاً در خواب غرق شود، یاد منظره ی قله های سفید و بلند بود، که وقتی نور ماه در حال غروب، بر آنها میتابید، همچون جزیره هایی شناور، بر روی ابرها میدرخشیدند اندیشید که فرودو کجاست، آیا هم اکنون در موردور است، یا مرده است؛ و نمیدانست که فرودو از دوردستها به همان ماه چشم دوخته است که پیش از فرا رسیدن روز در پس گوندور غروب میکرد»؛ پایان نقل ا شربیانی

  7. Calista Calista says:

    I was living with my uncle 20 years ago and he is a vast reader in many genres I was looking for something new to read when he told me to read this series He had these beautiful hardback books with fold out maps I had heard of the hobbit and saw the cartoon as a kid I thought it was an okay movie but it didn't really impress me He convinced me that I needed to read this So I started with the hobbit and read one book after the other until I was done with this book I remember being awed by this series I couldn't wait for the last book The world was so grand and epic I loved the race of elves and the Ents I tore through this story as fast as I could go I read the appendix not being able to get enough I was hooked on this series I had a major book hangover and it was a bit sad not to have any story I did go on to read the Silmarillion a bit laterI felt like this was an amazing ending to a beloved series I loved the whole story I think it will be time for a re read soon The movies are stellar and the written story still has so much details to offer I love a soft magic system they are the best

  8. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    The Return of the King takes about a hundred pages to sink one's teeth into but persevering is worth it for the glint of sunrise on a victorious maiden's hair for the show of willpower against all odds in the eleventh hour and for the golden bloom of a happy ending

  9. Paul E. Morph Paul E. Morph says:

    Well I've come to the end of the road once This was my tenth reading of Tolkien's saga of Middle Earth the first time I visited was in 1986 and it's pointless trying to write a balanced review of my favourite books Suffice it to say that these books are a part of me; written into my DNA if you like and I love them dearlyI'll be back in a year or two Bagginses to do it all over again Buddy read with Sunshine Seaspray And I did come back As I will again and again and again You'll have to excuse me now as I'm definitely not crying You see I'm wounded and it will never really heal2nd June 2017

  10. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    The end of an epic The Return of the King brings a conclusion to the wonderful Lord of the Rings trilogy and is one of the most satisfying conclusions to a long tale that has ever been writtenIn this book we leave Frodo and Sam in Mordor and rejoin Pippin and Gandalf Merry and Theoden and Aragorn Legolas and Gimli as the suspense builds towards the final battle Gandalf has a hard time explaining the death of Boromir to the grieving father Denethor who will have a sad ending himself as things turn out Definitely Denethor was one of the characters I liked the least Denethor's daughter Eowyn falls in love with Aragorn who is unfortunately already betrothed to an Elf princess and thus not fair game but wishes to fight 'Shall I always be chosen?' she said bitterly 'Shall I always be left behind when Riders depart to mind the house while they win renown and find food and beds when they return?''What do you fear lady?' Aragorn asked'A cage' she said 'To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire' p 767 note that the page numbers are from the single volume edition of LOTR This is perhaps an attempt by Tolkien to excuse his male centric story and express his sympathy for the cause of women's euality Indeed one of the greatest moments in the entire trilogy is when Eowyn rises above her station and becomes the uniue female hero of the saga as she strikes down the Night King But no living man am I You look upon a woman It was truly a fantastic and inspiring moment Galadriel was an interesting female character too but other than glowing in the dark and handing out cool swag to passers by she was just a pretty hood ornament compared to EowynI found it curious how they call Sauron 'The Nameless One' notably a source for Rowling having various HP characters use this moniker for her bad guy Unforgettable as well as moments of suspense when the Lord of the Nazgûl seems about to strike Gandalf as Rohan arrives on the theatre of battle changing the momentum p 811 After the battle there is a beautiful moment on the city walls as Eowyn and Faramir are united just as the Ring is destroyed It is as scene of romance and yet Tolkien pulls it off without it becoming too sentimental and yet remaining epic Fantastic writing neither wind nor voice nor bird call nor rustle of leaf nor their own breath could be heard; the very beating of their hearts was stilled Time halted And as they stood so their hands met and clasped though they did not know it And still they waited for they knew what notA sounds like a sign went up from all the lands about them and their hearts beat suddenly again p 945After the battle there is another nature moment where we see a seedling of Galathilion Eldest of Trees already it had put forth young leaves long and shapely dark above and silver beneath and upon its slender crown it bore one small cluster of flowers whose white petals shone like the sunlit snow p 950 Few writers capture a love of nature with such poetic precision as TolkienOn the trip back as folks peel off like leaves of corn we cross a broken but not toothless as shall be seen Saruman in a comic scene p 960 961 But when all that is left are the hobbits they arrive to find the Shire changed and under the terror of a violent band of ruffians the remnants of the armies of Saruman and Sauron Symbolically I believe that the Scouring of the Shire represents both the lost idealism in Europe after World War I as well as the horrors of World War II which was raging as he was writing the original text He edited the final draft for years before finally publishing in 1955 as well as the damage to the idyllic environment by the Industrialization of England in the XIXe century Perhaps Tolkien couldn't resist describing a last piece of bitter loss before ending his epic with the fantastically beautiful sending off from Grey Haven They've cut it down cried Sam 'They've cut down the Party Tree' He pointed to where the tree had stood unde which Bilbo had made his Farewell Speech It was lying lopped and dead in the field As if this was the last straw Sam burst into tears p 993 Personally I think that this was a result of Tolkien's personal disillusionment during the Battle of Britain seeing bombs falling from the sky hitting buildings and trees he loved in and around Oxford Beautifully however Sam uickly turns his frown upside down and sets out to rebuild what is left of the Shire We then get one last ride together as Elrond Galadriel Frodo Bilbo and Frodo all ride off on boats literally into the sunset in probably the most beautiful literary sendoff that I have ever read p 1006 1008 The Third Age was over and the Days of the Ring were passed and an end was come of the story and song of those times The Elves were leaving Middle Earth for good an image and homage to our childhood dreams retreating into our memory as we become adults and shed our infancy Sam arriving to his house with his wife Rose firmly rooted in his earthly life ends the book thus He drew a deep breath 'Well I'm back' he saidLOTR is hard to summarize in words because all of it is so over the top so epic and so deeply influential on all fantasy literature in the seven decades since it was written We are all highly indebuted to Tolkien for his beautiful and youthful text If only we had all collectively paid attention to his ecological message and preserved our environment to the same degree that we extended his storytelling legacy Fino's Tolkien ReviewsThe HobbitThe Fellowship of the Ring LOTR 1The Two Towers LOTR 2The Return of the King LOTR 3Lord of the Rings 1 3 General Comments and ObservationsRaymond Edward's Tolkien biography

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