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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Black Gate Opens

(Updated on 9/2/16) The “Host of the West” is all set and ready to go, a various mishmash of the Kingdoms and factions we’ve seen so far. Everyone gets a person to ride out in suitably appropriate fashion, right down … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Pyre Of Denethor

(Updated on 28/01/16) Coming directly after all of the large-scale action of the last chapter, skipping back in time to Gandalf at the gate is a bit jarring. One might wonder if the events of “The Pyre Of Denethor” may … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Battle Of The Pelennor Fields

(Updated on 26/01/16) The good guys have arrived, and the darkness is receding in the face of the light. But, in a brilliant opening paragraph, it is made clear that this fight is just beginning as the Witch-King, accompanied by … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Ride Of The Rohirrim

(Updated on 20/01/16) This is one of the shorter chapters, the shortest bar “The Departure of Boromir”. One might wonder why, like “Journey to the Cross-Roads”, this slice of the tale deserved its own chapter heading, rather than simply being … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Siege Of Gondor

(Updated on 19/01/16) We open on the apartment of the not so dynamic duo of Pippin and Gandalf, fresh from the depressingly bleak ending of “Minis Tirith“. Things are looking dark, in both senses, “…for only a dim twilight came … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Choices Of Master Samwise

(Updated on 10/12/15) We open as Sam comes charging up the tunnel to take on Shelob, who has incapacitated Frodo. I wonder reading back if this was not a bit of a strange chapter divide, choosing to leave this fight … 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: Treebeard

(Updated on 15/08/15) We’re heading back into the heavy fantasy stuff, starting now. Fangorn is a stuffy and old place. Tolkien gives it an interesting description, that of an ancient, almost undisturbed area, somewhere that has been free from the influence … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: A Long Expected Party

(Updated on 07/03/15) Having received an extremely nice hardback of Tolkien’s masterpiece as a Christmas present, and since I’m re-reading it for what must be well past the 10th time, I thought I might start another post series, sharing some … Continue reading

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