Sunday, November 27, 2011

Read-along: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Week Three

This week marks the end of the LOTR read-along and the end of my revisit to Middle Earth. This read-along was hosted by the Little Red Reviewer and Geeky Daddy. Be sure to stop by the Little Red Reviewer's post to watch a parody on the ending of The Lord of the Rings. It's funny stuff.

Thank you read-alongers for allowing me to join in, and thanks Book Den'ers for reminiscing with me!

As always, there may be spoilers ahead for those who have not experienced this journey.

What do you think Gandalf was going to speak with Tom Bombadil about?

It sounded like Gandalf was possibly seeking advice from Tom Bombadil.

What did you think of the two weddings? Do you think Eowyn will eventually find happiness with Faramir?

I'm glad things worked out for Aragorn and Arwen, but I *love* the relationship between Eowyn and Faramir. (I'm also thrilled for Sam and Rosie, too!)

What did you think of their meeting with Saruman on the road home? I was half expecting someone to just kill Saruman.

The company has a lot more pity for people than I probably would!

Holy Cow I was not expecting the scouring of the shire. If this is your first time reading, were you surprised? And if this isn't your first time reading, does the shock get a little easier to swallow on re-read?

The scouring of the shire was heartbreaking. Sam said it was worse than Mordor! :(

What did you think of the very end, of the departure of the Havens?

I thought it was a great ending. I'm glad Gandalf told Merry and Pippin what was happening. I'm glad Sam got to see Galadriel again. :) Frodo is heartbreaking to me. I hope his departure means a part of him can heal.

Characters are supposed to change and develop during a story, right? Who changed more, Sam or Frodo?

Both. Frodo's changes depress me. Sam, on the other hand, will heal and has stepped into a proud existence.


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  1. I must admit the company has also got more pity than me - I think rereading this has brought out my mean streak! Denethor and Saruman - pah!
    Lynn :D

  2. Great answers! Mine would be similar. I bet Gandalf and Tom Bombadil had a very interesting conversation about, perhaps, the destiny of all things. I was surprised on my firs reread by the scouring of the shire, and it does not get much easier later on. I think Frodo is a paragon of compassion, considering his actions towards Saruman, I don't know if I could be able to act likewise, but it is something to look up to. I loved the weddings, especially Eowyn's and Faramir's, they deserve some happiness. And I do think Frodo finds some healing in the West.


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