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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: 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 Taming Of Sméagol

(Updated on 12/10/15) I often find that Book Four gets a lot of flak. I think it is fair to say that is generally perceived as the worst of the six, in that it encapsulates fully the more negative aspects … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Great River

(Updated on 11/7/15) “The Great River” is a very episodic chapter. The Fellowship travels a great distance, with the journey split into specific incidents. If Tolkien was of the same mind that he had been when writing the Lorien chapters, … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Strider

(Updated on 2/5/15) The hobbits are fresh from endangering the very planet they walk on by getting drunk and singing, and get back to their room to find Strider already waiting for them. They react suspiciously, as anyone would. Up … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: A Shortcut To Mushrooms

(Updated on 23/03/15) Chapter Four opens with a bit more being added the air of mystery that surrounded Gildor’s elves: they’re gone, leaving behind just a bit of food. This is going to be typical of them for the rest … Continue reading

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

(Updated on 10/03/15) “The Shadow of the Past” is the first of two main exposition chapters, the other, of course, being Book Two’s “The Council of Elrond“. I would consider this one more important because, at this early stage, the … Continue reading

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