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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Many Partings

(Updated on 25/2/16) Frodo goes to see the new royal couple of Gondor, who are just relaxing now, apparently, enjoying all that fulfilment of labours. Aragorn doesn’t even need to hear Frodo talk to know what’s up. It is long … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Steward And The King

(Updated on 24/2/16) Tolkien, having done the same to an extent in the last chapter, decides to split this one up, dividing it between an unexpected love story in the first half and then a joyous homecoming for the King … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Field Of Cormallen

(Updated on 23/2/16) Tolkien switches gears in a major way as this chapter opens. The last battle rages around the slag hills, a moment of grimness. The opening sentences are as poetic as they come: “All about the hills the … 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: 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 Last Debate

(Updated on 6/1/16) It’s another very short chapter now, as we start to head towards this Book’s conclusion. But first, we have a few more plot threads to sew up. Even though we could piece together just what happened with Aragorn … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Houses Of Healing

(Updated on 2/2/16) It is the aftermath of the battle, with Tolkien immediately moving to create a sense of devastation, with imagery of destruction, jetsam of battle, death all around. “Tears”, “weariness”, “wreck”, “fire”, “ruin” and “stench” are the kind … 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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