The Return of the KingBook - 2012
Concluding the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Featuring a striking black cover based on Tolkien's own design, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth.
The armies of the Dark Lord are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle agains the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.
Impossible to describe in a few words, JRR Tolkien's great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled 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. Tolkien created a vast new mythology in an invented world which has proved timeless in its appeal.
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In this, the final installment of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Sam and Frodo go deep into Sauron's kingdom in their effort to save Middle Earth.
“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.”
“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
'I have a sword ', said Merry, climbing from his seat and drawing from its black sheath his small, bright blade. Filled suddenly with love for this old man, he knelt on one knee and took his hand and kissed it. 'May I lay the sword of Meriadoc of the Shire on your lap, Theoden, King?' he cried,'Receive my service, Iff you will!'.
Gladly will I take it, said the king...'As a father you shall be to me', said Merry.
'For a little while,' said Theoden
And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.
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In this, the final installment of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Sam and Frodo go deep into Sauron's kingdom in their effort to save Middle Earth. The conclusion leaves them savoring life as never before. Includes maps, appendices, index, and supplemental indexes to the index. Thorough.
J.R.R. Tolkien one again demonstrates his brilliance as he concludes his Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Frodo and Sam make the final journey to Mount Doom, to attempt to cast the Great Ring into the fires where it was forged, and overthrow the evil Sauron forever.
Meanwhile, the great Battle of Helm`s Deep done, Aragorn, Eomer, Faramir, and the other hobbits much make the trip to Gondor, and fearlessly confront the Nazgul and their orc hordes as Minas Tirith is laid under siege.
This is one of the greatest conclusions to a series in the history of literature.
" In the concluding volume of the trilogy Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the land of the Shadows in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron." (Novelist reviews)