Parents' Guide to

The Return of the King

By Mark Nichol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

The exciting and bittersweet conclusion of Frodo's quest.

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age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

The most boringest one yet

This book bored me through the whole thing! I was not ready for the boringness! This is the worst book J.R.R Tolkien could make! This made me "throw up" on almost all the whole love moments.
age 12+

The Lord Of The Rings

The Return Of The Kings concludes the epic tale of adventure. Fans of the previous volumes will be amazed as main characters die, the Ring is destroyed, and (basically) they all live happily ever after) This is much more violent than the previous volumes, but anyone 12 and up will be able to cope with the novel's content. This is by far the best fantasy novel of the 50's.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (14 ):

This concluding volume of Tolkien's three-book epic, The Lord of the Rings, maintains the dark desperation of its predecessor. Even amid all the celebration that occurs after the free peoples achieve their victory, sadness is there also, for good magic passes on with the vanquishing of sorcery, and the dominance of the human race begins.

But for all this gravity, the story is laced with humor and beauty, and although it is very much an adult tale, it appeals to younger readers. Tolkien's writing is dense and the writing style veers from heroic to homespun, but the plot unfolds with relentless vigor. He brilliantly describes Middle Earth -- reverently, in the case of magnificent structures and natural features, and with eloquent dread when he depicts the horror of Sauron's works.

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