With these new allies, Aragorn makes up his mind to go round up some extra help for Rohan, in the form of dead ghost soldiers. Yep, you heard that right. They had better hurry, because things in Gondor are headed south. Faramir is at the brink of death, after attempting to fend off the forces of Mordor thanks to a sad need to impress his insane papa.
A blanket of gloom—which Gandalf calls the Darkness—begins to issue from Mordor and soon obscures the entire sky over Minas Tirith. Meanwhile, Aragorn realizes that the Riders may not reach the city in time to defend it from the imminent conflict with Mordor.
In Gondor, Denethor sends his other son, Faramir, to hold off the approaching armies of Mordor at Osgiliath.
Later, as the fierce battle wages outside Minas Tirith, Denethor goes mad and locks himself in a crypt with the ailing Faramir.
The forces of Mordor regroup, but Aragorn arrives via the Anduin River on the black ships of the Enemy, which he has conquered with the help of the Dead. Pippin finds Gandalf, and together they stop Denethor from killing his son. The old Steward throws himself on a burning pyre and kills himself.
In so doing, Aragorn fulfills an ancient prophecy concerning the coming of the next king of Gondor. The leaders of the armies of the West decide to put together an assault on Mordor in order to distract Sauron from the quest of Frodo, the Ring-bearer.
The Lieutenant claims that the hobbit spies—Frodo and Sam—have been captured in Mordor. Gandalf rebukes the Lieutenant, who flees inside the Gate and unleashes the great armies of Mordor. In the meantime, Sam manages to rescue Frodo from the tower of Cirith Ungol. With the aid of the Ring and his sword, Sam scares off the Orcs he encounters.
The hobbits don Orc clothing and begin the arduous trek through Mordor. After several long and weary days of travel, the two hobbits reach Orodruin, or Mount Doom. Sam carries Frodo to the top. Just as they reach the Cracks of Doom, Frodo refuses to give up the Ring, overcome by its power.
Gollum appears and struggles with Frodo.
Gandalf flies to Orodruin on the back of Gwaihir, the giant eagle, and rescues Frodo and Sam. The Darkness dissipates from Gondor. Minas Tirith and the surrounding areas begin to recover and rebuild. The hobbits return to the Shire, where they find their homes ravaged.
A group of Men have entered and set up an oppressive police state. The four companions organize a rebellion and rout the intruders, discovering that the secret leader of the destruction is Saruman, the deposed wizard, who seeks revenge on the hobbits.
The hobbits rebuild the Shire and return to their ordinary lives. Sam marries a hobbit named Rosie Cotton, and together they have a daughter. Frodo, wounded by the burden of the Ring-quest, decides to leave the Shire.
He sails away over the Great Sea with Gandalf, Bilbo, and the other Ring-bearers to the peaceful paradise in the unknown West.The Lord of the Rings centres around the corrupting influence of the One Ring.
This theme is discussed at length by Tom Shippey in chapter III of J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. In the end, “The Return of the King” gave readers a satisfying conclusion to the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, that masterfully wove action, adventure and romance together.
This book, in the trilogy, was also the one that seemed more like an epic romantic tale from the Middle Ages. The fact that Tolkien thinks of Gandalf as an "incarnate angel" and that he describes Frodo's sacrifice in terms of the Lord's Prayer (see our "Character Analyses" of Gandalf and Frodo for more on these examples) shows the "fundamentally religious" ideas that Tolkien draws upon to portray Middle-earth.
The Return of the King is the third and final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. The story begins in the kingdom of Gondor, which is soon to be attacked by the Dark Lord Sauron.
Nov 28, · The central villain in The Lord of the Rings is a vampire. The Lord of the Rings, a film trilogy based on the books by J. R. R. Tolkien, embodies the literary "quest" theme. Thomas Foster, in his book How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Reviews: 5. The Lord of the Rings centres around the corrupting influence of the One Ring.
This theme is discussed at length by Tom Shippey in chapter III .