The Return of the KingBook - 2001
The third and final part of J R R Tolkien's epic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings, now part of the Voyager Classics series.
The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by the orcs, escaped to Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents.
Gandalf returned, miraculously, and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo progressed towards Mordor to destroy the Ring. After a battle with the giant spider, Shelob, Sam left his master for dead; but Frodo is still alive -- in the hands of the orcs. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lords are amassing.
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They don't come much stronger than Aragorn, or more resigned to their fate.
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“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.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost,
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall waken,
From the shadows a light shall spring,
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
Three rings for the Elven-kings under the sky
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie
One Ring to rule them all
One Ring to find them
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie.
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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)
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