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Return of the King

Title: The Return of the King
Series: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy #3
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Other Works by Author:
The Hobbit
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers

Genres: Fantasy

My Rating: 4.5

Good for ages: 13+

Summary: The armies of the Dark Lord are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle against the Dark. Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring. Meawhile all is not well in the Shire.

My Thoughts: I was slightly uncomfortable near the beginning because there is more magic in this book than in the others but it was a wonderful story nevertheless. I loved seeing how Merry and Pippin grew, how Aragorn came into his own, Frodo’s struggle and Sam’s devotion.

Every time I read one of these books I marvel at all the work Tolkien put into it. It is amazing and inspiring!

Confession with spoilers: I did watch the movies before I read this book. Someone lent them to us and I wasn’t going to hide in my room while my family watched it. I was shocked to find that the movie cut out the return to the Shire, they pretended that everything was the same as it ever was and there was no struggle or rebuilding to be done.

My Favorite Quotes:
~ “For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”

~“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”

~ “His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.”

Where can you get this book: Amazon

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Movie Review: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Title: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

Primary Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian Mckellen, Viggo Mortenson, Billy Boyd, Sean Austen, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davis, Dominic Monaghan

Genres: Fantasy, action/adventure

Length: 11 hours 22 minutes.

Year it came out: 2002

My Rating: 4

Based off of the books by J. R. R. Tolkien. I have not finished reading the books yet so I can’t comment on the accuracy but from what I did know it seemed as though they added some intensity that wasn’t in the books.

There were a few scenes I would rather not have seen, but overall it was a good, enjoyable movie.

Movie Review: An Unexpected Journey

 

Title: The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey

Primary Actors: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage

Genres: Fantasy, action/adventure

Length: 160 minutes.

Year it came out: 2012

My Rating: 3

Based off of the book, The Hobbit or There and Back Again, by J. R. R. Tolkien (I have a review of the book coming). I was rather disappointing in the movie, the book is so amazing so I had high expectations.

My main problem with this movie compared to the book is the book was intense and action packed but the writers for the movie seemed to think they needed to double the intensity and have many more battles then necessary.

Overall I did enjoy watching it, Martin Freeman was brilliant at his role as was Richard Armitage (and I will admit here that they are two of my favorite actors). There were a couple unnecessary and disgusting actions but thankfully they were few.