SJay's Reviews: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
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Months and months after you read The Return of the King, you'll still be stuck in a daze. Did it end? Really? Did it seriously end? OK, I'm gonna go to my room and cry my heart out... because the elves have left Middle Earth... and this is the saddest day of my life.
Tolkien is a magician. The man has a way of hooking you, immersing you in his rich and deeply described world. The Return of the King is my favorite of the trilogy. Unlike the Two Towers, this book is really fast and exciting. True it's the thickest, but you'll find yourself finishing this one quicker than the rest, as you won't be able to put it down.
The book is slightly depressive. But the good kind. I mean, by now, the characters are depressed, they don't see how this is going to pan out, and think it's more likely that it'll end badly. Yet they are willing to go down fighting and deliver the greatest damage they could to Sauron. On the other side of the battle, Frodo Baggins is barely holding on, but the guy's tough. Like seriously kick ass. No, he's not the weakling you see in the movies. This man is... THE MAN!
But forget the whole war for the ring. My favorite part is the War in the Shire. I mean, really Merry and Pippin are the badass-est dudes ever. They get to fight Saruman to take the shire back, they are actual warriors now, and no longer the children they set out as.
The book ends on a bitter sweet note. The elves leave. Frodo leaves. Sam leaves eventually, too. Gandalf is gone (real cool plot twist having the third elvan ring; I LOVED that). And pretty much the world will never, ever be the same as magic is leaving it. Also, the story of Aragorn and Arwen is told in the end, and it's the most gorgeous and touching love story ever. I cried when that ended, too.
The book as a whole is just amazing. From the profound love stories to the most adventurous and courageous battles and warriors. This book is all it should be and so much more.