The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

Review by Irene in Year 7 

Library age rating: KS3+ (Year 7+)

Genre: High/Epic fantasy, adventure

Content warning: some violence, mature themes

Plot summary

(The third volume of 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. While the fight for the survival of Middle-earth prevails, Mount Doom erupts. The Eagles fly down and collects an undernourished Sam, and a 9-fingered Frodo from the explosion. The good and evil forces join battle, and we see that the triumph of good is not absolute. The Third Age of Middle-earth ends, and the age of the dominion of Men begins. Read to find out who lives and who dies, and whether there is a happy ending...


With King Elessar finally in place, this is my favourite of The Lord of the Rings books. It ties up all of the loose strings, so you know exactly what happens to everyone. Tolkien really is the master of world building. Read this series now!



 Reading recommendations

You should read anything and everything by J. R. R. Tolkien! Start with The Hobbit and then read The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King). You should also read The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth. Once you have finished all of Tolkien's works, younger readers should try The Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini, and older readers should start A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.