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The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings

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I first read the trilogy while in high school in the late 60s. I remember that when I finished The Two Towers the local bookstore had to special order The Return of the King. I had to wait almost two months for it to arrive, so I could devour it in one day. A simply ...
I first read the trilogy while in high school in the late 60s. I remember that when I finished The Two Towers the local bookstore had to special order The Return of the King. I had to wait almost two months for it to arrive, so I could devour it in one day. A simply superlative story, but when I got to the appendices with the backstory of the peoples, history and languages of Middle Earth, I became a true believer. Truly, this could not be fiction! I don't know how many times over the last 40-odd years I've re-read these books. My wife and all my now grown children lived in awe and fear of Dad's discussion of them. In every fantasy series I've read since then, I've seen Tolkien's hand in their conception. When the movies came out, I was torn between dread and anticipation. I'm glad to see happen what we once thought was inconceiveable - that The Lord of the Rings could be captured on screen. Not perfect, but good enough that a purist like me was more than satisfied. When Sam said at the end, "Well, I'm back", I cried in the theater. As close to perfection as humans can get. If you enjoyed, were tantalized by the films -- read the books. See in the written word what you missed visually. I guarantee you won't regret it.

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It was ok not much action

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    Posted February 27, 2013

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    It was ok not much action

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    Enjoyable

    I believe this piece of literature is enjoyable to read. It is number three in the Lord of the Rings series, so you must read the first two in order to understand it. This book is easy to read and easy to follow. J.R.R. Tolkien is a great author, he created Middle Earth out of a sentence he imagined: ' In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit. ' To create a whole series of books and a imaginary world out of that sentence is pure genius. This is a piece of literature you must read.

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