Author: J.R.R. Tolkien.
The epic finale of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy. The book intertwines Frodo and Sam’s journey to Mt. Doom with the battles in Mordor and Minas Tirith. All of the various groups and story-lines come together.
The book definitely fixed issues I had with the first two. The pacing of the narrative is well written, there isn’t too much exposition and it doesn’t drag at any point. There are large sections with descriptions of the battles which were intense. It was a good blend of battle, tactics and internal politics.
The passages in Mordor were very tense and exciting. Sam really came into his own in these sections as Frodo becomes weary and corrupted by the ring. He played a big part when he had to sneak into the Orc’s tower and save Frodo. We also had Gollum, the sinister creature, lurking in background to add to that sense of danger. Merry and Pippin both play are big role in the war, much bigger than I thought compared to the film adaptations.
There was a good dynamic between a lot of the characters like Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas who all played their part in gathering armies to defend against Sauron and the Orcs. The book also delves deeper into the secondary characters like the corruption with Denethor and Faramir and how they were controlled/ cursed by Sauron. A great moment comes when Dernhelm turns out to be Éowyn and slays the Witch-King of Angmar.
After the war is won, the hobbits go on their trip to return to the Shire to find that it is under a sort of dictatorship by Lotho, and he has struck fear into the inhabitants. He has put restrictions on food, people entering The Shire and what people are allowed to do. This is quite interesting as this post-war section is omitted from the film. It added a bit more drama after the climax of the novel. It was odd but it worked. It showed how much the four Hobbits had changed, as well as how changed their homeland was.
Overall, the character development was one of the strongest features of this novel. There was a varied cast but each one got their moment to shine, and each character added depth to the novel. We saw each one either crumble because of their struggle to gain power or rise and become stronger people.