Unforgettable conclusion to the unsurpassing chronicle – “Lord of the Rings”.

Return Of King - J R R Tolkien

Genre – Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Classics, Adventure
Author – J R R Tolkien
Rating – 4 Stars Out Of 5

Synopsis (Taken from GoodReads)

Concluding the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. The armies of the Dark Lord are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle agains the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring. Impossible to describe in a few words, JRR Tolkien's great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail. Tolkien created a vast new mythology in an invented world which has proved timeless in its appeal.


If you have read first two parts of Lord Of The Rings series then you would surely read “The Return of the King”. You won’t need this review or any other website to see the rating of this book. Such is the quality and level of this series that it’s goodness can’t be described in words. For those who have read first two parts, the probability of reading this book is as good as probability of Sun always rising from east and setting on west. I feel so proud and happy to have read this series. Lord of the Rings is the finest, most read and most respected series in the world of literature and it would continue to remain at the top in the fantasy genre.

The story of the ring continues in this third book of Lord of the Rings series. Those who have read first two part must have guessed by now that the ring would be destroyed in this concluding part of the series. But this would be one of those rarest books when we know the ending still we enjoy the storyline. Credit goes to exceptional story telling ability of J R R Tolkien. All those who liked the character of Gollum in second part have a pleasant news – Gollum continues to haunt Sam and Frodo in this third part as well. It is amusing to read this treacherous character and it’s interaction with main characters in the storyline. This is perhaps the best queer character of Lord of the Rings series. Many people like Sam, Frodo, other two hobbits or Gadalf as the character. But this Gollum character truly sticks dark humor in the story.

This third book gets divided in the two parts intuitively. First part is of course action packed and second part is melodramatic. Honestly speaking I liked first part which was more coherent with first two books in the series. While the second part is moreover the aftermath of the whole story –  the return journey of the hobbits. The best part I liked is the happy ending of this series and no loose ends. You would know after reading this book about what I mean by “no loose ends”. Just a hint – Saruman.

J R R Tolkien has developed each and every character in the book so nicely that I am missing all of them when I finished this book. Sam – my favorite hobbit, Frodo, Gandalf, Gimli, Aragorn, Logolas. What a world Sir Tolkien has created! Absolutely stunning. I adored each and every character in this series.

J R R Tolkien spent almost 12 years in writing this novel. But after completing The Return of the King I must confide that the efforts were worth producing such a marvelous work. The Hobbit was intended for children but Lord of the Rings is more intended towards young adult and both are compelling. The fame of this series was echoed by The Sunday Times as – “The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read them”. This one line itself is more than enough to tell how best the series is. I am proud to be counted in the those who have read it!!!

Conclusion & Rating

I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND this book to every book lover. There would not be any better end to the amazing fantasy series – Lord of the Rings. I would rate it 4 stars out of 5. Though I liked first two parts more than this, it is worth reading.

Posted by: Pravin Patil
Last revised: 24 Apr, 2014 12:08 PM


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