The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
The Return of the King is the third and final volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy written by English author J.R.R. Tolkien and published on October 20, 1955 by George Allen & Unwin in the United Kingdom. The first edition was 416 pages in length.
Dewey Decimal: 823.91
About the Author:
"John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of our world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth. This was peopled by Men (and women), Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Orcs (or Goblins) and of course Hobbits. He has regularly been condemned by the Eng. Lit. establishment, with honourable exceptions, but loved by literally millions of readers worldwide.
In the 1960s he was taken up by many members of the nascent “counter-culture” largely because of his concern with environmental issues. In 1997 he came top of three British polls, organised respectively by Channel 4 / Waterstone’s, the Folio Society, and SFX, the UK’s leading science fiction media magazine, amongst discerning readers asked to vote for the greatest book of the 20th century. Please note also that his name is spelt Tolkien (there is no “Tolkein”)."
The Return of the King was written in English and is set in pre-historic Middle Earth. The back cover synopsis of the novel reads as follows:
"The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure The Lord of the Rings
'An extraordinary work - pure excitement.' - New York Times Book Review
'A triumphant close... a grand piece of work, grand in both conception and execution. An astonishing imaginative tour de force." - Daily Telegraph
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 battle 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.
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is one of the twentieth century's best-loved writers. His books, which include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, have been translated into more than thirty language and have sold many millions of copies worldwide."
The Return of the King received positive reviews and has been adapted into theater and film, most notably the 2002 film adaptation The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The Return of the King is recommended by Lion Stationers and can be purchased from the following vendors: