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

The Return of the King

By J. R. R. Tolkien
Read by Rob Inglis

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Book 3

18.32 Hours 10/18/2012 Unabridged
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Inspired by The Hobbit and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that Tolkien created to provide “the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues.” From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature. The Return of the King is the towering climax to J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director. This recording contains Tolkien’s preface to the trilogy, including a prior history of the ring, and Shire habitat, history, and folkways.

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Summary

Summary

Inspired by The Hobbit and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that Tolkien created to provide “the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues.” From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature.

The Return of the King is the towering climax to J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director. This recording contains Tolkien’s preface to the trilogy, including a prior history of the ring, and Shire habitat, history, and folkways.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron.” C. S. Lewis
“If, as I believe, Mr. Tolkien has succeeded more completely than any previous writer in this genre…while at the same time satisfying our sense of historical and social reality, it should be possible to show how he has succeeded. To begin with, no previous writer has, to my knowledge, created an imaginary world and a feigned history in such detail. By the time the reader has finished the trilogy…he knows as much about Tolkien's Middle-earth, its landscape, its fauna and flora, its peoples, their languages, their history, their cultural habits, as, outside his special field, he knows about the actual world…The demands made on the writer’s powers in an epic as long as The Lord of the Rings are enormous and increase as the tale proceeds—the battles have to get more spectacular, the situations more critical, the adventures more thrilling—but I can only say that Mr. Tolkien has proved equal to them.” New York Times
“One of the great fairy-tale quests in modern literature.” Time
“Tolkien’s stories take place against a background of measureless depth…That background is ever-present in the creator’s mind and it gives Frodo and company a three-dimensional reality that is seldom found in this kind of writing.” Washington Post
“A masterful story—an epic in its own way—with elements of high adventure, suspense, mystery, poetry, and fantasy.” Boston Herald
“A remarkable book.” Newsweek
“A work of immense narrative power that can sweep the reader up and hold him enthralled for days and weeks.” The Nation
“Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.” Sunday Telegraph (London)

Reviews

Reviews

by Ash Ryan 9/13/2017
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A somewhat disappointing, but consistent, ending

There is much to love in Tolkein, and also a lot that is seriously annoying. But the thing I always hated most about this story, and which is even worse in the book than in the movie versions, is how Frodo makes it all the way to the Crack of Doom only to fail in his resolve to destroy the ring, which is only accomplished by Gollum biting off his finger and then accidentally falling in with it. In the crucial moment, the story is ultimately about original sin and redemption by some ineffable "higher" power. This seriously undercuts the story's drama and heroism.

Rob Inglis's narration is quite good---I enjoyed listening to his characterizations and performances of the songs and so forth.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 18.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English