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am 19. November 1997
Of Tolkien's well-known quartet of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King is the best. The suspense builds as the war comes to its climax. In the West, all efforts are put towards defending the city of Gondor, chief city in Middle-earth, and main defense against Mordor. In Mordor, Sam continues to help Frodo towards Mount Doom, where the Ring can be destroyed. But the closer they get, the weaker Frodo becomes, and the stronger the power of the Ring becomes. Every scene is beautifully written, and even with all the action, the characters still take center stage. The writing is almost cinematic; is feels that real. It's a novel that scares you, grips you, makes you laugh and cry. One of the best novels ever written. After the climax, you begin reading more slowly. Not because it is not interesting, not because it moves slowly by its own nature. You read more slowly because you do not want it to end. After reading these novels, you will not want to leave this world behind. I have one complaint and one complaint only about this book: it is too short. If you die without reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, you have missed the greatest joy in literature. Do yourself a favor: read these books.