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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 1.The blade that was broken has been remadeFrom 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 kingAragorn 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 2.The 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 3.Th oden s Sacrifice There are many heroes within this trilogy, many men who give up their lives to vanquish evil In spite of Gondor ignoring his calls for aid, in spite of Gondor watching Saruman ravish the lands of Rohan, Th oden 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 squashes his own hurt pride and rides for war because he understands what is at stake if he does not Th oden was a true king and one the bravest men of this story He knew what he rode to, but he went anywayArise, arise, Riders of Th oden Fell deeds awake, fire and slaughter spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,a sword day, a red day, ere the sun rises Ride now, ride now Ride to Gondor4.Girl PowerWhat do you fear, lady Aragorn asked A cage, owyn 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 5.Golem s internal warGolem almost comes back into the light He tries so very hard to conquer 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 6.The Siege of Minas Tirith This is probably one of the most exciting action sequences I ve read in fiction Sauron s hoard is unleashed in all its brutal fury, and the realms of men quake 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. 7.The Mouth of SauronIs there any in this rout with authority to treat with me Or indeed with wit to understand meA 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 required 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 demise.8.Hobbit 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 I.Sam 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 9.The 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, conquer 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 10.The 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 imageBut 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 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. 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 Frodo Holy Gimli son of Gl in, 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 past.Whenever 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 quest through middle earth as an integral member of the Fellowship of the Ring Even 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 something Who 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 equalize We all love Sam because he has the qualities of superhuman friendship and devotion we all wish for, yet he lacks confidence in his own decisions which makes us empathize with him.Despite 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 quest 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 Strider Aragorn, 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 time The 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 sequence, 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 sequences 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 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 Rings.All 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 bad.I 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 war.Back, in The Hobbit, Bilbo s first act having The One Ring was piety.A small noble deed that would define the fate of the whole Middle Earth.That makes you think about it Each action has a consequence Maybe you won t be able to realize the consequence, 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 consequences with epic importance OWYN 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 owyn, 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 characters.Galadriel 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 owyn 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 battlefields.It s clear that a predilect theme of J.R.R 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 Earth.And it s indisputable the legacy caused by this story.Since ALL the following novels and book series in the genre of epic fantasy are inspired and or 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, etc Once 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 better.Thank you, Tolkien. 494 The Lord of The Rings The Return of the King, J.R.R TolkienThe Return of the King Sauron sends a great army against Gondor Gandalf arrives at Minas Tirith to warn Denethor of the attack, while Th oden 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 owyn, Th oden s niece, slays the Lord of the Nazg l with help from Merry Together, Gondor and Rohan defeat Sauron s army in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, though at great cost Th oden is slain, and owyn and Merry are injured 2004 1381 1391 Book Review4 of 5 stars to The Return of the King, the third book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, written in 1955, by J.R.R Tolkien After reading the first two books in this series, how can you not finish it with this one I knocked them back between 9th and 10th grades, loving every minute of the imagination and struggle between good and evil When I got this this final one, I already knew I d be sad to say goodbye to all the characters I d fallen hardcore for over the 1500 pages between the volumes But when the movies came out, I had a chance to re live the intensity of this drama as taking on such large books with everything else I had on my reading plate, did not make sense Watching them in film form tho lived up to many expectations Of course, I loved the books , but I still enjoyed the films and will watch them if I am skimming the channels and find one in playThe flaws in each of the characters, as well as their journey, are immense but real When you find out some of the changes in this book no spoilers and people you thought were long forgotten, it is brilliant And seeing the evil forces fight the good forces it s just a version of the reality we face every day All over a ring that provides power But power is at the center of it all And it s one of the few books where I found myself happy with the ending.I could talk about these forever, but I won t bore you I am not a big fan of fantasy, and have only read a handful of books and authors in this genre These are a favorite across all genres for me, and it s because of the creativity in Tolkien s mind that I consider reading in this genre Before Harry Potter, we had a family of hobbits who stole our hearts and taught us many lessons Ones I still think of today whenever I need to weight the options before me Please give them a chance But start with 1 you have to read them in orderAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my 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Writers who inspire a genre are usually misunderstood Tolkien s reasons for writing were completely unlike those of the authors he inspired He didn t have an audience, a genre, and scores of contemporaries There was a tradition of high adventure fairy tales, as represented by Eddison, Dunsany, Morris, MacDonald, Haggard, and Kipling, but this was only part of what inspired Tolkien.His writing was chiefly influenced by his familiarity with the mythological traditions of the Norse and Welsh cultures While he began by writing a fairy story with The Hobbit and other early drafts, his later work became a magical epic along the lines of the Eddas As a translator, Tolkien was intimately knowledgeable with these stories, the myths behind them, and the languages that underpinned them, and endeavored to recreate their form.Contrarily, those who have followed in his footsteps since have tended to be inspired by a desire to imitate him Yet they failed to do what Tolkien did because they did not have a whole world of mythic tradition, culture, and language to draw on They mimicked his style, but did not understand his purpose, and hence produced merely empty facsimiles.If they had copied merely the sense of wonder or magnificence, then they might have created perfectly serviceable stories of adventure, but they also copied those parts of Tolkien which do not fit a well built, exciting story like his work s sheer length Tolkien made it okay for writers of fantasy to produce books a thousand pages long, and to write many of them in succession Yet Tolkien s length had a purpose, it was not merely an affectation.Tolkien needed this length in order to reproduce myth The Eddas were long and convoluted because they drew from many different stories and accounts, combined over time by numerous story tellers and eventually compiled by scribes The many digressions, conflicts, repetitions, asides, fables, songs, and minutiae of these stories came together organically Each had a purpose, even if they didn t serve the story, they were part of a grand and strange world Epics often served as encyclopedias for their age, teaching history, morals, laws, myth, and geography as may be seen in Homer or The Bible.This was the purpose of all of Tolkien s long, dull songs, the litany of troop movements, the lines of lineage, the snippets of didactic myths, and side adventures To create a realistically deep and complicated world, he felt he needed to include as many diverging views as the original myths had He was being true to a literary convention though not a modern one, and not one we would call a genre.He gave characters similar names to represent other historical traditions that of common prefixes or suffixes, of a house line adopting similar names for fathers, sons, and brothers An author who copies this style without that linguistic and cultural meaning just makes for a confusing story, breaking the sensible rule that main characters should not have similar names.Likewise, in a well written story, side characters should be kept to the minimum needed to move the plot and entertain the reader with a variety of personalities It is another rule Tolkien breaks, because he is not interested in an exciting, driving pace He wants the wealth of characters to match the number of unimportant side characters one would expect from a historical text.The only reason he sometimes gets away with breaking such sensible rules of storytelling is that he often has a purpose for breaking them, and is capable of drawing on his wealth of knowledge to instill further depth and richness in his world Sometimes, when he slowed his story down with such asides, they did not have enough purpose to merit inclusion, a flaw in pacing which has only increased with modern authors.But underneath all of that, Tolkien does have an appealing and exciting story to tell, of war and succession and moral struggles the same sort of story that has been found in our myths since the very earliest writings of man He does not create a straight monomyth, because, like Milton, he presents a hero divided Frodo takes after the Adam, placing strength in humility and piety, not martial might or wit Aragorn is an attempt to save the warlike, aristocratic hero whom Milton criticized in his portrayal of Satan.Yet unlike Satan, we do not get an explanation of what makes Strider superior, worthy, or importantly righteous And in this, Tolkien s attempt to recreate the form of the Eddas is completely at odds with the Christian, romantic moral content with which he fills the story This central schism makes his work much less true to the tradition than Anderson sThe Broken Sword , which was published the same year.Not only does Tolkien put forth a vision of chaste, humble, everyman heroes who persevere against temptation through piety, he also presents a world of dualistic good and evil, of eternal, personal morality, prototypical of the Christian worldview, particularly the post Miltonic view His characters are bloodless, chaste, and noble and if that nobility is sometimes that of simple, hard working folk, all the better for his Merrie England analogue.More interesting than these is his portrayal of Gollum, one of the few characters with a deep psychological contradiction In some ways, his central, conflicted role resembles Eddison s Lord Gro, whose work inspired Tolkien But even this internal conflict is dualistic Unlike Gro, Gollum is not a character with an alternative view of the world, but fluctuates between the hyperbolic highs and lows of Tolkien s morality.It is unfortunate that both good and evil seem to be external forces at work upon man, because it removes much of the agency and psychological depth of the characters There is a hint of very alien morality in the out of place episode of Tom Bombadil, expressing the separation between man and fairy that Dunsany s work epitomized Bombadil is the most notorious remainder of the fantastical roots of Tolkien s story which he painstakingly removed in editing in favor of Catholic symbology.Yet despite internal conflicts, there is something respectable in what he achieved, and no fantasy author has yet been capable of comprehending what Tolkien was trying to do and innovating upon it The best modern writers of fantasy have instead avoided Tolkien, concentrating on other sources of inspiration The dullards of fantasy have merely rehashed and reshuffled the old tropes back and forth, imagining that they are creating something.One cannot entirely blame Tolkien because Jordan, Martin, Goodkind, Paolini, Brooks, and Salvatore have created a genre out of his work which is unoriginal, cloying, escapist, and sexually unpalatable if often successful At least when Tolkien is dull, ponderous, and divergent, he is still achieving something.These authors are mostly trying to fix a Tolkien they don t understand, trying to make him easy to swallow The uncomfortable sexuality is an attempt to repair the fact that Tolkien wrote a romance where the two lovers are thousands of miles apart for most of the story Even a libertine like me appreciates Tolkien s chaste, distant, longing romance than the obsessively fetishistic consummation that has come to define sexuality in the most repressive and escapist genre this side of four color comic books.I don t think Tolkien is a great writer, I don t even think he is one of the greater fantasy writers He was a stodgy old Tory, and the Shire is his false golden age of Merrie Olde England His romance wasn t romantic, and his dualistic moralizing cheapened the story His attempt to force Christian theology onto a heroic epic is as problematic and conflicted as monks additions to Beowulf Tolkien s flaws have been well documented by notable authors, from Moorcock s Epic Pooh to Mieville s adroit analysis, but for all that, he was no slouch Even if we lament its stolid lack of imagination, The Lord of the Rings is the work of a careful and deliberate scholar of language, style, and culture It is the result of a lifetime of collecting and applying knowledge, which is a feat to behold Each time the moon is mentioned, it is in the proper phase as calculated from the previous instance Calendar dates and distances are calculated Every name mentioned has a meaning and a past I have even heard that each description of a plant or stone was carefully researched to represent the progression of terrain, though I can find no support for this theory.Yet what good is that to a story It may be impressive as a thought exercise, but to put that much time and work into the details instead of fixing and streamlining the frame of the story itself seems entirely backwards to me But for all that The Lord of the Rings may be dull, affected, and moralistic, it is Tolkien s, through and through.My Fantasy Book Suggestions The Third Part Of JRR Tolkien S Epic Adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS The Armies Of The Dark Lord Are Massing As His Evil Shadow Spreads Even Wider Men, Dwarves, Elves And Ents Unite Forces To Do Battle Against The Dark Meanwhile, Frodo And Sam Struggle Further Into Mordor In Their Heroic Quest To Destroy The One Ring The Devastating Conclusion Of JRR Tolkien S Classic Tale, Begun In The The Fellowship Of The Rings And The Two Towers Back Cover 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 dearly.I 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 heal 2nd June 2017 Ah, The Return of the King The end of a sweeping epic, one which held me firmly in its grasp as a child and still holds a place in my heart as an adult.Everything is in motion and actually coming to an end almost from the first page of this last book in the trilogy Frodo is ever so close to completing his quest Aragon, Gandalf and the others are nearly at the end of their rope Indeed, the end is nigh But this is not a quick finish Tolkien dragged things out There is a mini battle after the great war has concluded Many a loose end is tied up The tearful goodbyes are interminable I certainly didn t want it to end I would ve been happy if this series had continued on indefinitely When I first read this as a young teen, I was a very slow reader It took me nearly two years to finish and by then I was fully attached to these characters That attachment began when I was about five years old, when I saw the Rankin Bass animated version of this book on TV I cried like a baby when Frodo and Sam were trying to escape what appeared to be their inevitable death I held on to that memory and supplemented it over the years with the other animated versions of Tolkien s Middle Earth series So, by the time I got around to reading The Lord of the Rings, I was as good as a card carrying member of the fan club Certainly this series isn t for everyone I ve heard many complain about it for various reasons too many characters, an impenetrable backstory, etc The recurring complaint that the books are too dense was something Tolkien was apparently aware of, because he included a very helpful appendix section at the back of Return which answers some questions the reader may have as well as filling in of the background details if you re confused or just interested in learning.