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The Lord of the Rings
Part III. The Return of the King

Review of J.R.R. Tolkien's Novel
   This novel is also further divided in two books: book five begins where the third one ended, as Pippin and Gandalf approach Minas Tirith, while the others follow behind. As to book six, it continues with Sam in Cirith Ungol. The final events of the War of the Ring and the end of the Third Age of Middle-Earth are finally fully told. There are also an extensive section with many appendixes and epilogues which reveal many interesting information about the characters.
   Definitely the darkest episode, The Return of the King plunges its character in the atrocities of a war which will change the world as they know it forever. Through the character Éowyn, briefly introduced in The Two Towers, Tolkien discreetly adds another dimension to the novel, the female perspective: he shows the impact of wars on women, while it was only concerned with the male viewpoint in the previous books. The author does not portray her as he did the other three female leads, Goldberry, Arwen or Galadriel, as a goddess-like being, beautiful but self-effaced. Eowyn is portrayed as a human graspling with violent mixed feelings, consumed from within by a deep rage and a need to be free to lead a more fulfilling life than the relatively ungrateful 'domestic' role to serve the men, and from the passiveness society used to impose on women. This is all the more subtly achieved as Tolkien only described her briefly almost as a statue, a silent figure next to her father, a servant to him and the guests in the previous novel, so it is all the more interesting to discover all the turmoil going on underneath her icy obedient appearance.
   Meanwhile, the journey of Sam and Frodo into Mordor is like a journey to the limit of human endurance and beyond, with the permanent scars such pains bring to the soul, but also a celebration of the beauty and strength of true friendship. As the malign influence of the Ring becomes stronger and stronger onto Frodo, he becomes more and more absent as his mental suffering paralyzes his thoughts. So it is up to the faithful Sam to try to counteract as best he can the perfidious control of the Ring on its bearer, to guide him, to invigorate in his friend some strength and hope. But even if they should succeed to reach the pit of the Mountain against all odds, the most difficult fight would still lie in front of them: will Frodo still have enough of his own mind left from the slow poisoning dependance of the jewel to cast it away? Can he overcome its infinite corruptive power?
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