Review: The Return of the King


The Return of the King
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been close to 20 years since I last read The Lord of the Rings. Today I finished The Return of the King again … and am maybe more impressed now than all the times before. Okay, except the first.

The last time I read these books I was still working as a machinist, hiding the paperbacks in a drawer of my toolbox because reading while the machine ran was forbidden. Since then I have earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, held numerous jobs in the writing field, become an English teacher, and published several of my own books. So I came to Tolkien this time with a wealth of knowledge and experience I didn’t have before.

Wow. The Shakespearean influences really jump out, as do the flavor of the great “northness” that Tolkien and C.S. Lewis so loved. But also I saw Tolkien’s racism against Arabs and Asians.

And, more than anything, re-reading the books make me see again just how much was cut and changed for Peter Jackson’s films. I love the films, but the books are where it’s at. I’ll never understand why Jackson left out the scouring of the Shire.

If you’re a lover of fantasy fiction and haven’t read The Lord of the Rings you’re just a poseur.

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Return of the King

  1. Lol! I’ve read them all. But I suck anyways because I’ve also read twilight, vampire diaries, etc. have you read the sword of truth series? I’m a super dork for that one..but there are extreme capitalist vs socialist political undertones in those…

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