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The Hobbit, Chapter By Chapter: An Unexpected Party

Over seven years ago, upon receiving a nice new edition of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings, I started a chapter-by-chapter analysis that has become probably the most read thing on this site (and you can check it all … Continue reading

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The Lords Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Grey Havens

(Updated 3/3/16) The aftermath of “The Scouring Of The Shire” is first, as Frodo frees those imprisoned under the rule of Lotho and Saruman. It’s loose thread tie-up time, as we meet Fatty Bolger, a rebel imprisoned early on. It … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Stairs Of Cirith Ungol

(Updated on 24/11/15) The following three chapters, starting here, form the conclusion of Book Four, an extended finale that sees the tension get ramped up at a gradual level. It begins with Frodo, now being dragged down by the literal … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Window On The West

(Updated on 4/11/15) After a succession of not so great chapters, “The Window On The West” has a great deal to do if it is going to get the narrative back on an entertaining track. We open on a scene … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Of Herbs And Stewed Rabbit

(Updated on 28/10/15) It is a pretty off chapter title isn’t it? It’s the first few pages of this chapter that might show just why Book Four is so disliked, in that it is very, very boring. It’s more travelling, … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Black Gate Is Closed

(Updated on 21/10/15) “The Black Gate Is Closed” is a short chapter, but vital nonetheless. We’ve reached a very important point in the story, as the Ring-bearer arrives at the borders of Mordor, and we’re greeted with one of the … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Passage Of The Marshes

(Updated on 15/10/15) This chapter really does show clearly the main complaints that are standard with Book Four, in that it can, at an initial glance anyway, be summed up in little more than a sentence: They walk through a … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings. Chapter By Chapter: The Palantir

(Updated on 05/10/15) We’ve reached the end of Book Three and the mid-point of the entire story. And no, I’m not going to use the damned umlaut thing. Sue me. The heroes turn their backs on Saruman and ride out … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Voice Of Saruman

(Updated on 26/09/15) New update 06/09/2020: As this post has been linked to by a far-right website seeking to use it as part of a bizarre argument against following COVID-19 restrictions, let me take the opportunity to say that COVID-19 … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Road To Isengard

(Updated on 12/09/15) This is a short “deep breath after the storm” chapter, whose purpose is mostly to just get the central characters from point A to point B without too much fuss. But whereas other authors might have a … Continue reading

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