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All the doors of Morannon swung back wide Out of them streamed a great host as swiftly as swirling waters Tolkien 206 A suspenseful tale of good and evil The Return of the King written by JRR Tolkien and published by Ballantine Books is about a small hobbit Frodo carrying the very symbol of corruption the ring to the only place it can be destroyed the mountain of fire While Frodo attempts to destroy the ring the armies of two large peoples prepare to wage a final battle in Middle-Earth with the victor emerging from the wreckage in control of all All leads to the gigantic climax where the fate of Middle-Earth is decided This classic book is a great story because of its character setting conflict foreshadowing and theme As vital to this fable as any character is a strong tool Tolkien uses to make his book captivating There is one example of character that stuck in my mind one of the heir and his birthright to the royal throne As I read what really became apparent was the struggle of Aragorn a descendant to the throne of Gondor who had to either claim his kingship or shy away from his birthright A crucial turning point in his story was when he healed victims of war provoking from a bystander the hands of a king are the hands of a healer Tolkien 170 In this Aragorn is finally stepping into his rightful place the ruler of Gondor He even further takes leadership and responsibility of his land when he leads them into war saying Keep what honor you may hold it to the last in defense of Gondor and Rohan Tolkien 199 Tolkiens clever use of character adds to the intrigue of the book While a boring story is plain an exciting adventure is full of conflict In this tale there is an epic war between good an evil a titanic struggle
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