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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Scouring Of The Shire

(Updated on 2/3/16) A lot has been said about this chapter, which explodes the narrative back into action right before the final moments. The placing of it certainly draws attention. The point of the long drawn out farewells is a … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Mount Doom

Sam is still the man in charge. Acting almost like a parent to a toddler with Frodo, who seems content to go in and out of these phases where he makes no effort to do anything at all. The two … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Land Of Shadow

(Updated on 17/2/16) We’re back on a moment of cliffhanger tension, the two hobbits still not free from the clutches of Cirith Ungol. The chapter break between these points is a little odd in my view. The moment when Frodo … Continue reading

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

(Updated on 16/2/16) Sam is alone in the dark. As he wonders where he is, Tolkien expertly places the reader back in this narrative, identifying with Sam’s feeling of being out of place. The end of “The Choices Of Master … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Shelob’s Lair

(Updated on 01/12/15) When he was just a small child, no more than three, J.R.R Tolkien was playing in a garden in South Africa, when a “baboon spider” – a species of tarantula – bit him. Baboon spiders have a … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Journey To The Cross-Roads

(Updated on 17/11/15) Time for one of the shortest chapters, one in fact that might not even justify being its own chapter. “Journey To The Cross-Roads” could easily be merged into both the proceeding and following chapters, and I wonder … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Forbidden Pool

(Updated on 10/11/15) “The Window On The West” was a nice self-contained chapter, which did little to advance the narrative generally, but still offered a lot great character and dialogue moments. Having got back a bit of drive and momentum … 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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