Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
First Published: 1955
Page Count: 277
Film/ TV Adaptation: Yes*
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: Book 3 in The Lord of the Rings series
This final book in the trilogy concludes in a grand way and gives fans solid closure for one of literature’s most epic stories.
*Epic closure of journey *Great Characters
*Drawn out ending
“I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.” Frodo Baggins has struggled across miles of Middle Earth to reach the land of the enemy and finally destroy the one ring to rule them all. While his old fellowship waits to see if he is able to complete his quest, they are given the difficult task of defending the lands of men against all types of nightmarish beasts that make up the army of the dark lord. Will a small hobbit be able to conquer one of the most powerful enemies this realm has ever known?
I finally decided I’d put off reading this book long enough, even though I never wanted the series to end. At least now I can say I’ve read everything in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, but it was still sad watching it all wrap up. Right from the beginning of this book, you are caught up in the grand battles and challenges of the characters, so this book feels like one epic climax to the entire series. Even after seeing the films, there are still many surprises along the way in this book. The reader is also exposed to nearly every character that was introduced in past books which make the story feel even grander because you can see how truly connected they all are in this quest and everyone has a role to play, big or small. The characters are what make this trilogy, and reading how each one fares, even after the end is very satisfying.
The only thing that I didn’t necessarily dislike but I found strange were the last two or three chapters of the book. It feels as if the book should end after the fellowship’s mission is completed but the book plays out to show the reader exactly what happens to each character in a happily ever after sort of way…in most cases. There is also the addition of a whole event in The Shire that the hobbits are a part of that didn’t really feel like it belonged to the rest of the book. While I enjoyed every page of these chapters, I felt they would have been better as an epilogue since they were more along the lines of The Hobbit and not the vicious battles and glory of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
This is a book you really only take on if you’ve read the other books in the trilogy. However, there are no other books that match it and it will forever stand the test of time. It may seem like a big commitment of time on your end but if you love reading or the films, I would highly suggest reading through this series. I tried and failed to read them in middle school and finishing them now feels like a rite of passage as far as reading great literature goes. This is one series that cannot be missed.
*Film Adaptations: (Starring Elijah Wood 2003), (Starring Orson Bean 1980)