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The Return of the King

J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Return of the King


J.R.R. Tolkien


October 20th, 1955




Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Biography, Autobiography


The Return of the King is the third and final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. The story begins in the kingdom of Gondor, which is soon to be attacked by the Dark Lord Sauron. The human Ranger Aragorn sets out to find the lost army of the undead oathbreakers. The hosts of Mordor break through the gates of Minas Tirith, but are in turn crushed by the arriving cavalry of Rohan. The Wizard Gandalf and Aragorn decide to draw out the hosts of Mordor with an assault on the Black Gate, providing a distraction so that the two hobbits may have a chance of reaching Mount Doom and destroy the One Ring, unseen by the Eye of Sauron. Sam, who now bears the One Ring in Frodo's place, rescues his master from torture and death by Orcs. Gollum gloats over getting his "precious" back, but ends up losing his balance and falls to his death, taking the Ring with him. The Ring is finally destroyed, freeing Middle-earth from Sauron's power.


Gandalf, Gollum, Aragorn, Sauron, Frodo Baggins, Legolas, Arwen, Galadriel, Saruman, Samwise Gamgee, Elrond, Éowyn, Witch-king of Angmar, Faramir, Théoden, Denethor II, Treebeard, Círdan, Beregond, Fredegar Bolger, Gamling, Halbarad, Forlong the Fat, Harry Goatleaf

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