Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Return of the King

623517From Goodreads:    The Return of the King is the third part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure, The Lord of the Rings.

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 into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. Gandalf returned, miraculously, and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman.
Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo progressed toward Mordor to destroy the Ring, accompanied by Smeagol -- Gollum, still obsessed by his "preciouss." 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 Lord are massing.

My Thoughts:

-    I'm always a little sad when the epic journey ends. I want it to never end. 

-    I LOVE this book, and I LOVE this series! It never gets old. There is always something new.

-    I loved Alan Lee's illustrations throughout the book, but I liked his pictures in the previous books better. A lot the illustrations were scenery in this one. 

-    The battles were awesome! Theoden and Eowyn are awesome!

-    I wish the movie hadn't cut a few things. I really wish we could have scene Aragorn healing the wounded. I understand why they couldn't show the scouring of the Shire, but it would have been fun to see.

-    I think the scouring of the Shire really shows how the hobbits have grown. They are fearless and leaders. They don't hide away from the world anymore. 

-    Sam is amazing! I think he is more of a hero than Frodo. Sam does so much to make sure the ring is destroyed. 

-    I wish the book moved along a bit faster after the ring is destroyed. There is a lot of stuff that happens after the climax, and some of it is slow. 

-    The ending is good! I love that it turns into Sam's story. I love the Sam inherits Bag-End. He should just change his name to Gamgee-Baggins.

-    I don't feel like I'm doing this book justice. I just can't gush enough! I could talk and talk about all the things I loved, but I think I'll stop here. 

-    Read this! It's awesome!

Previous Lord of the Rings Book
(click on cover to see my thoughts)



  1. I love that Sam inherited Bag End too. It made me happy! :D

  2. "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" on popcornflix is the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's adaptations of Tolkien's famous fantasy novels. Once again the makers of the film have taken care with the costumes, sets, scenery, models, CGI effects and Howard Shore's epic score to create a convincing depiction of Middle Earth.
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    Once again the cast delivers expert performances. John Noble joins the cast as Denethor and effectively makes him into a despicable and repugnant character. Three of the performances in the film were particularly memorable for me. Bernard Hill once again brings authority to the role of King Theoden and his inspiring presence on the battlefield left me in awe. Miranda Otto brings strength to the role of Eowyn and makes the character's best moments unforgettable. Ian McKellen once again brought his commanding presence as Gandalf to bear as he tried desperately to hold everything together.
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    This film follows the familiar format of the first two films in taking Tolkien's work and streamlining it to create a well-paced film. The famous battle at Minas Tirith is on an unprecedented scale and the best fantasy battle ever filmed. As with the first two films, I found the added scenes for the extended addition interesting, but they didn't add much above and beyond the already great theatre cut.