The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive—now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.

“A triumphant close . . . a grand piece of work, grand in both conception and execution. An astonishing imaginative tour de force.” – Daily Telegraph

Includes the complete appendices and index for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
February 15, 1955  |  622 pages
(Read from Jan 13, 2014 to Jan 26, 2014)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 84% Literature, 16% Entertainment
Tags:
Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
After two months, I can not believe that I've finished this series. It's been - well, it's been a journey, to say the least. I know I've mentioned this in my thoughts about the Fellowship and The Two Towers, but it's worth repeating again: I don't think I've ever felt so touched by a book's friendships. My heart was keening, honestly, after I turned the last page. I wasn't ready, and I'm *still* not ready, to leave behind Middle Earth and Sam and Frodo and Merry and Pippin and Gimli and th  (+4 votes)