J. R. R. Tolkien – The Return of the King

Title: The Return of the King
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Series: The Lord of the Rings (Book 3 of 3)
Year: 1955
Goodreads page: Link

The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. Gandalf returned, miraculously, and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo progressed towards Mordor to destroy the Ring, accompanied by SmEagol–Gollum, still obsessed by his ‘precious’. After a battle with the giant spider, Shelob, Sam left his master for dead; but Frodo is still alive–in the hands of the Orcs. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing. J.R.R. Tolkien’s great work of imaginative fiction has been labeled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail.
(from Goodreads)

Finally I was able to finish the third book of this amazing saga! If you remember I was listening to the audiobooks of The Lord of the Rings but then the guy that was reading it on Youtube received some kind of threats (?), asking him to stop and remove the videos from his channel; I don’t know much more, only that they didn’t come directly from Youtube…
However this had me looking for another way to finish the third book and I had to recover a physical copy of the book and that’s why it took me so long before coming back with my third and final review of this saga.

As for The Return of the King, the thing is the same as for the two previous books, I loved how much more insight we get on the thoughts of the various characters and how we can live all their moments. Most of these aren’t available in the movie for obvious motifs but I think they also add much more to the book.

The war is the main protagonist of this book and the descriptions of the fights are incredible but also the part dedicated to Frodo, Sam and their mission is really good; and we have to tell this: Sam is the real hero of this saga! He always appear as a sidekick for those that truly doesn’t analyze the story or fix themselves only on a part of it; as a support character that helps Frodo completing the mission… but in the book most of the time I had the feeling the Sam was carrying Frodo (and their whole part) full-weight on his shoulders.

Another character that I found out the book adds more to it is Sauron: I find that in the book it appears more devious and smart then in the movie while it seemed only a big evil warlord with Saruman with the role of the more sneaky one.

The finale of the book is really cool. I like how we are back to the theme of the travel that was the beginning of the first book and how the saga closes itself getting back to where it started, as the Rings that name it. I loved that, even if the “main quest” is over, there is always more space for another adventure.

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