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Book Thoughts: The Return of the King (J R R Tolkien)

★★★☆☆☆☆

Title:  The Lord of the Rings #1 – The Return of the King
Author: J R R Tolkien
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 1955
Edition: paperback, published by Unwin Paperbacks in 1986

Of the three books in The Lord of the Rings series this final book is my least favourite by quite a margin. I found it as a whole very dense and simply not that interesting. It felt a bit anticlimactic.

I hate feeling like I am glad that I have finished a book, but I did not really get on with this one that well. The writing was just so dense and elaborate, it made me tired reading a page!  Sure, as a whole, the series tells an incredible story, but whereas I felt that with The Two Towers Tolkien had found a slightly lighter, more digestible note, in this final book I just felt dragged down.

I understand why it is a classic in the genre, but I really did not enjoy this anywhere near as much as The Two Towers, which is still my favourite in the trilogy.

3 out of 7 stars

4 thoughts on “Book Thoughts: The Return of the King (J R R Tolkien)

  1. I read all of them quite recently, so I feel your pain. In general, older books tend to have that same sort of slower pace, IMO. Some older fiction I enjoy, but some of it drags on and on. It’s like, I have stuff to do and fun distractions (Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, etc) so get on with it! 😁

    Yari

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