The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The book, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, is truly the best book ever. With a reading and maturity level of high school, it reads like a smooth piece of rock. It is highly recommended and is fun and exciting to read.
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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.
 

About J.R.R. Tolkien

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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.
 
Published February 15, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 432 pages
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All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

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Above average
Reviewed by Jeruen Dery on May 14 2011

So, as I think it was just an average book, I am not giving it a high score. Granted, I know that my opinion is of the minority here, and most people consider this to be a spectacular piece of literature.

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Below average
Reviewed by Jeruen Dery on May 14 2011

So, as I think it was just an average book, I am not giving it a high score. Granted, I know that my opinion is of the minority here, and most people consider this to be a spectacular piece of literature.

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Good
Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Aug 25 2014

J.R.R.Tolkien is a great author, and it really shows in this tale of deceitfulness,faith, courage and heart. I suggest you read The Lord of the Rings: The Return ofthe King. You will enjoy it!

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Excellent
Reviewed by Haldir-(V) on May 25 2003

The book, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, is truly the best book ever. With a reading and maturity level of high school, it reads like a smooth piece of rock. It is highly recommended and is fun and exciting to read.

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The Literary Omnivore

Good
Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Apr 30 2010

Grim, wonderful, and bittersweet, The Return of the King is an ending as epic as anyone could wish for. Why haven’t you read The Lord of the Rings yet?

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Good
Reviewed by Teresa on Apr 22 2010

Although I love The Return of the King as part of Tolkien’s greater novel, I have fewer favorite moments than in the other books. Of course, I loved seeing Faramir and Eowyn fall in love.

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The Story Girl

Good
on Sep 30 2011

...loved the utter triumph of the battles and Sauron's defeat. I love how Frodo, frail and beaten and completely ready to give in, is still able to see his mission throug...I love it all!

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The Spotted Mushroom

Excellent
Reviewed by RI on Aug 25 2014

...if I had to choose one book to send on into the future it would be this because Tolkien has created something that will last— no matter how the world changes, or what we become, we can always, always escape to the fantastical land that is Middle-earth.

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