Reviews of Return of the King, the (1955)
Review by predsy (2005-05-10)
I personally liked this book the most as it contains all the action! A perfect end to a perfect story! With the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Tolkien has managed to write a fantasy story which will leave nobody unmoved. It doesn't matter whether you're into fantasy or not, you just have got to read these books!
Review by lord kallor (2004-12-17)
Definatly the best of the trilogy this has it all Battles, Emotion, Walking, Evil vs Good, Battles, Walking and well thats about all. Easily the father of modern fantasy Tolkien is a legend and his books define Epic in the dictionary.
If you've seen the film you will have realised that it draged on an awful lot, not so with this book riveting all the way through
Review by Jago360 (2004-03-06)
Easily the most emotional book in the trilogy...I recently reread the book and there are some genuinely moving bits. The Grey Havens chapter of course, the mustering of the men of the West before the gates of Mordor, and most especially Frodo's words to Sam at the end of their task (excuse me if the wording is off): "I'm glad you're with me, Sam, here at the end of all things." Really gets me.
"The Return of the King" brilliantly concludes one of the most epic tales ever written. Read it...I will accept no excuses!
Review by jesco (2003-03-08)
'The Return of the King' contains the last two books of the LotR epic. It focusses on the final battle between the Men of Gondor and the army of Sauron's on the one hand, and the desperate struggle of Frodo and Samwise to destroy the One Ring on the other hand. However, these two story-lines only take up half the book, after which Sauron is defeated and the Ring destroyed. The remaining part concentrates on the time *after* the main plot is finished, it's the story of the good-byes and the ending of the 'old' world of Middle-Earth.
While the beginning of the book is a thrilling adventure, a story of heroship and great accomplishments, the last part becomes very melancholic. It shows the ending of an era, the parting of friends and the sorrows of war; all of which is often forgotten in books, which just stop after the victory-party is over.
Review by klsnyders (2003-03-07)
I have read the series at least 15 times -- and damned if I don't choke up when Sam sees Frodo off and returns home to Rosie EVERY SINGLE TIME!