Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien

This is the Hundred-and-fourteenth in my one-book-at-a-time bookshelf.

There is a great tragedy and an unexpected victory, a home coming and a home leaving. And when you have read the story you can wander through the appendices and linger over some of the detail and glean snippets that round out the story. A bit like looking through the fridge on the day after a dinner party.

One of my biggest disappointments with Peter Jackson's film version is that he didn't include the Scouring of the Shire. This has always been one of my great delights in reading the book, a second climax to the greater story, an unexpected, closer to home battle to be fought. In many ways more meaningful, certainly for the folk of Hobbiton, than the matter of the Ring.

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