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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: 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 Passing Of The Grey Company

(Updated on 5/1/16) We are back in time, as Book Five offers up the second of what will be three plot threads. Gandalf and Pippin are gone. Aragorn, in a very cynical and harsh turn of phrase declares that only … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Minis Tirith

(Updated on 15/12/15) Book Five is the big time, right from the very start, as we travel to one of the most epic locations in Middle-Earth. The journey from the end of Book Four to Minis Tirith is a series … Continue reading

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