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

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

by J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive—now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.

“A triumphant close . . . a grand piece of work, grand in both conception and execution. An astonishing imaginative tour de force.” – Daily Telegraph

Includes the complete appendices and index for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547928197
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Series: Lord of the Rings Series , #3
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 156,623
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.06(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Date of Birth:

January 3, 1892

Date of Death:

September 2, 1973

Place of Birth:

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)

Place of Death:

Oxford, England


B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
FantasyRider More than 1 year ago
The Lord of the Rings novel (though sometimes called a trilogy) is perhaps the most recognized trendsetter in the arena of fantasy. The level of detail and character evolution is incredible with no limits spared. Tolkien is truly a gifted writer that has established a place in history for his endeavor to bring to the reader a completely new world. Each book in the series builds on the last until the reader finds they are unable to put the books down. While not directly part of the Lord of the Rings novel, a favorite book about Bilbo's adventures in The Hobbit or There and Back Again is a not-to-be-missed read for those hoping to understand how the adventures of the Hobbits and the Ring first began.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To appreciate Return of the King, you really must read The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers beforehand. It is the third book in the series, bringing all the elements of the story together in a resounding finale. It starts out with the fellowship group that has divided not by choice, but by necessity. Frodo, the ring-bearer, knows he cannot risk his friends and he's not sure he can trust them, as the ring is effecting his thoughts. Gandalf the White and Pippin are preparing for a great battle, while Merry is helping lead a great army to the city, Minas Tirith. As the Dark Forces are preparing to annihilate all those who oppose the Dark Lord, Frodo and Sam are getting closer to Mount Doom and Mordor, the mountain of fire, where the ring can be destroyed. The Elves are preparing to rejoin the battle with all of their forces at the city of Minas Tirith. Aragorn lays waiting with the forces he has assembled, but they all know that if Frodo has failed, the battle is already lost. Will Frodo be able to separate himself from the ring or will the ring rule him? Will his once mortal wounds heal or without the ring and the magic of the elves will he die? All these answer can be found within the pages of Return of the King.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book 'The Reutrn of the King' was a really good book that I loved reading. In this book, you have a continuation of the story from book one and book two of the trilogy. Frodo and Sam, the ring bearers, have ventured into Mordor in an attempt to destroy the ring. Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf, Meriadoc (Merry), and Peregrin (Pippin)have gone to war. Merry and Pippin are now directly serving the kings. One hobbit is at the side of the King of Rohan, while the other guards the Lord of Gondor, Steward of the king. The others have ridden directkly into the battle, slaying orcs as they go. Aragorn, bringing souls of traitors, liars, and theives from the paths of the dead so that they may fight and then be fully put to rest. I enjoyed this book because it was full of suspense. It leaves you hanging at some parts of the book so you keep on reading, but it answers most of your questions in the end of the book. Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's right, this book gets five stars AND five hearts! I first saw the Lord of the Rings movies when I was eight and as soon as I did I knew I had to read the books, and they've been my favorite ever since (and Return of the King is the best of them all)! As much as I love many of the other fantasy books that I've read, none will ever be as near and dear to my heart as Lord of the Rings. I've suggested LOTR to practically every person I know, so now I'm suggesting it to everyone else! If you like fantasy and you're a bookworm at heart, then LOTR is for you!
ElfFan More than 1 year ago
You can't realy aprecciate Return of the King unless you have read the first two.It brings the whole story together and realy captures what Lord of the Rings is all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most folks already know the story of Frodo's quest to destroy the one ring of power, so I won't bother summarizing it. Instead, let me focus on what I liked and disliked about the book. First, the plot is absolutely one of the most epic stories ever written, in a world so well-created that it has its own history and languages. It is rare to see an author take so much time and effort to breathe life into his creation. However, some of the detail is a downfall of the work as well. Characters are so numerous (and underdeveloped, in many places) that they can be easily confused. Side stories about the overworld's history are numerous and can also be confusing. Also, Tolkein really wasn't much of a writer, and his story is poorly paced and lopsided in many ways. Still, this book is a classic, mainly for the plot, and is well worth the effort. I thought the Fellowship of the Rings was the best of the trilogy, although I would rate Return of the Kings a close second. The Hobbit is by far Tolkien's best book, so read that if you haven't already. P. S. For those of you who have seen the movies (and who hasn't?) there is a lot of material in all three books that isn't in the movie, and that especially holds true for the end of Return of the King, when the hobbits return to the Shire only to find that everything is not exactly as they left it....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 5th grade so that shows you can read whenever you want! And this book was amazing!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this series. Best ever. Love the movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the Hobbit, the Fellowship of the Ring, and am almost done the Two Towers. I cannot wait to read this! I have read some of the reviews, and have a problem with some. Whoever said the book was way too long and made them hungry needs to listen to me. I understand that the books have alot of description, but that honestly does not bother me! That is one of the things that I love about these books! This is coming from a 13 year old. You just need to give them a chance.
GinnyWi More than 1 year ago
As with the entire trilogy, plus the Hobbit, I have read this over and over and never tire of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books live inside of me. I couldnt bear to finish them-even though I did- and cried when they were over. I am in seventh grade in advanced verbal linguistics an reccomend this book for everyone to read. To be honest i lived these books more than Harry Potter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the books an the movies both gerrrrrrrat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it! The book is AWESOME!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats your opinion so i wont yell at you but just to share, in one of the interviews for the hobbit, Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin, said there was conflict over the beards, but for thorin at least they kept his beard short in memory of the fire at erebor, where the beards burned shorter, and he would grow the beard when he become king...well now that i blabbed i hope that helped...or made you like it better...whatever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At fishing all results!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw every movie and each one made me just want to watch forever. They were totally awesome! I wanna read the book but it's sooo slow. It takes me five minutes to even read two pages. Great description but I'm gonna need to push myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Defintly a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Return of the King is an amazing book even though parts of it are hard to read. I have seen the Lord of the Rings movies and they are nearly as good. At the end of the third movie (and the book!) I nearly cried. My mom calls the movies to violent. I would recomend this book to anyone over the age of 10 just because it is very complicated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!!!Love this book! Have any of you seen the movies
cvhssabercatwrw More than 1 year ago
The book has many great qualities that let it stand out from its movie counterpart. The book seems to embody a sort of brotherhood feeling that clearly resonates with the core values of the military. The book has painted a beautiful story with great detail and word choice. The novel shows great inspiration from Celtic and Norse mythology, but puts its own flare to it. Each character is given a great focus while also being well placed with each other. The wording of the story also gives a feel reminiscent to medieval literature. It’s a story that culminates multiple views of the world and gives great detail into each person and place. This is a great pick if you like to read any type of adventure stories. It is also the grandfather to all modern fantasy and would be a great way to see where it all started. It is also a great companion for the movies and to see how they differ between the two. The novel is a great ending to the biggest fantasy epic ever. This is a must read book after finishing the first two books. If your interests are in fantasy, action/adventure, romance or if you just want to try a new read then this series is a great pick. I would personally recommend this book because I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it and you will want to read it again and again. The movies are good too but they forgot to add tom bombadil. READ IT THOROUGHLY. I would suggest the series for ages 12+ because some of it is hard to understand.( even though im only 11 i can understand this series because i read a lot of thick books.) Signed natalie of the shire.