“The Lord of the Rings is easily some of the best writing I've ever read. The third installment is the perfect end to the perfect fantasy series. These books are better even than their hype makes them out to be.”Onsi Kamel wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A spine-tingling ending to on eof the best trilogies of all time.”Devonne Holland wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am upset that this book is one of those that have endings. It came much too soon, and the appendices tricked me into thinking I had another good seventy pages or so before I had to part with the characters. This is one of those occasions when you read something you enjoy so thoroughly that you're reluctant to open a new book because you know it can't compare.
It begins following the same track as the second book: the fellowship is still divided, even more so than before, and so the story is broken down into huge sections. This time there was no skim-reading at all; even the politics and the side battles had my full attention. Madness drawn from grief, disobedient loyalty, suicidal thirst for glory - and that's not even the central storyline (in my opinion, anyway); it's no wonder this trilogy towers over its genre. As beautifully written as the others, The Return of the King introduces new characters fluidly into the plot, all the while developing the original ones in fantastic and unpredictable ways. Out of all of them, this novel is the most charged with suspense and momentum, at will leading the reader down deeper and deeper into hopeless misery or back up to giddy happiness. I disagree with anyone who believes the Scouring of the Shire is anticlimactic; not only is it dramatic and engaging, but everything that happens after the main quest has a remarkable, subversive twist that makes the ending strikingly unique from the expected 'and they all lived happily ever after'.
I couldn't part with this book easily. I read all the appendices.
(I was surprised to learn what happens to Sam after the very end.)”
“An Epic Ending to a great series. Leadership is shown at its greatest. ”Noah Hoff (Cookie Monsta Z) wrote this review Sunday, June 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“really good story but it has a lot of unnecessary descriptions that tend to carry on but it is really good”Katherine A wrote this review Tuesday, June 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my favorite books to read. Being me I can't read a book twice. But this book I can read a million times and not get bored.”Cassidy Hartwig wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“if you want to become insane, then read this book, because it is so bad. i would rather remove my finger nails one by one than read this book again!”James C wrote this review Thursday, June 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Signed by illustrator ”Paul R Barthel wrote this review Saturday, June 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I finished my re-reading of LOTR today, after about 25 years on the shelf.
I remembered correctly that this was, in fact, my favorite part of the trilogy. The story continues to be split, the first half of the novel dealing with Gandalf, Aragorn, Rohan and Gondor, and the second half dealing with Frodo, Sam, Gollum and Mordor - at least up to a point. The stories do meet back up again at the climax after the ring is destroyed, and the most extensive denouement in my personal reading history begins about 2/3 of the way through the novel.
Once again, the storytelling is fantastic. The battle of Gondor is a thrilling ride, and the journey to Mount Doom is just as enthralling. Even the journey home, in all its loose-end-wrapping glory, is a wonderful closeout that had me nearly in tears by the end.
Something I think the novel expresses far better than the movies is how much the characters truly grow as a result of their experiences during the War of the Ring. Gone for the hobbits are the whimsy and fear that were present at the opening of the novel, and in their place confidence and leadership. Gone for Gimli and Legolas are the prejudices and lack of understanding they once had for each others' race. Gone for Aragorn are the doubts he once felt about leading his people. The characters become masters of their own destinies, whether that be to lead your people out of enslavement, to start a family and become master of your own affairs, or to make the truly difficult decisions in life, as Frodo is forced to at the end. The great leaders of the Third Age pass the torch to Men (and hobbits) to govern the affairs of Middle Earth as the ring-bearers pass away into the West.
There's good reason that this series has become the archetype of the entire Fantasy genre. It truly holds up through a second reading, as I'm sure it will again, 25 years from now, when I will read it for a third time. :)”