Mar 15, 2018
come to it in the end, the great battle of our time, in which many
things shall pass away. But at least there is no longer need for hiding.
The board is set, and the pieces are moving. And now all realms shall
be put to the test, to stand, or fall â€“ under the Shadow.â€ People: *looking at the 3 star rating causes wincing and face spasms* What fuckery is this? You rated Tolkien 3 damn stars?
Anish: Guys, take it easy! This book was...
People: You rated the last one 4 stars bcz of that
â€œSo we come to it in the end, the great battle of our
time, in which many things shall pass away. But at least there is no
longer need for hiding. The board is set, and the pieces are moving. And
now all realms shall be put to the test, to stand, or fall â€“ under the
People: *looking at the 3 star rating causes wincing and face spasms* What fuckery is this? You rated Tolkien 3 damn stars?
Anish: Guys, take it easy! This book was...
People: You rated the last one 4 stars bcz of that stupid shit about Sam calling Frodo his Master. Still sticking to that dumb point?
Anish: Well, itâ€™s not a dumb point bcz it doesnâ€™t ring righâ€¦
People: Are you like batshit crazy? You'll deduct 2 stars for that? For THAT??? *shaking with anger*
Anish: Not exactly! There is some other stuff thatâ€™s wrong with this booâ€¦
People: WHAT??? *eyes go red* More stuff that is wrong? Are you a loony? You gushed praise in your last 2 reviews!!!!
Anish: Yes, exactly! Allow me to use both those reviews as a reference point and explain, yeah?
The Fellowship of the Ring: 5 â€˜I-am-falling-madly-in-loveâ€™ stars!
The Two Towers: 4 â€˜I-love-you-but-not-blindlyâ€™ stars!
The Return of the King: 3 â€˜I love-you-but-let's-get-realâ€™ stars!
that happened! Well tbh with you guys, for the first time ever, I
wanted to go with a fractional rating. I thought of giving 3.5 stars but
since this book left me so high and dry, I decided to round it down to a
lower rating. I am going to be hated by so many people for this review,
arenâ€™t I? *avoids eye contact with Avinash* :D
First off, Acknowledgements!
A very huge and heartfelt â€˜you guys SUCK!â€™ to Ms. MIA and Mr. MIA for completely and utterly ditching me!! This WAS NOT a buddy read!! I am super pissed with you both! :/
to top it off, I am so, so disappointed with this book. It was a huge
let down after the first two books. If you read my reviews for the first
two books, youâ€™d know how much praise I had heaped on the author and
how much I enjoyed those books. While they too had their flaws and I did
mention them, but this book was like something that checked all the
wrong boxes and it fell from my graces. Iâ€™ll give you a run-down of the
good but mostly the bad.
Very rich writing. Fluent and smooth and poetic (a little too much at
times). I said in my last review too that it feels like youâ€™re inside of
a song while reading this. Even though it gets weird at times but on
the whole, it is fabulous and is a treat to read. The flow of writing is
very smooth and you can read this complete series back to back without
tiring of it. And yes, even though it annoyed me in places (a lot more
in this book), it gave me no reason to even think about putting it down.
The songs and poems in the book are pretty great too!
>>The world building
Letâ€™s just say that it is EXHAUSTIVE!
It is so detailed that if youâ€™re reading it for the first time, there
is no way you can take in and retain all that detail. Tolkien has
created a world with such a depth that honestly, it is hard to not
acknowledge just how amazing a work it is. This is the part where he
excels! The places, the names, the landscape, the creatures, basically
everything is so well done and well sketched! I mean, the guy has even
bothered to name the damn Orcs who have no role to play! There is such a
history in this world that if feels ancient for real. It doesnâ€™t feel
like a setting, but a real place. He does a fantastic job and creates
this GRAND and EPIC world and takes you on a memorable journey. That no
one can take from him. The world is so vast that it feels like there can
be an endless number of stories and adventures of past waiting to be
told or new ones just waiting to happen!
is a HOST of characters in this series that are central and only select
few of them are endearing or amazing. Funnily, Aragorn is not one of
them! My favs are
â€˜What do you fear, lady?â€™ he asked.
â€˜A cage,â€™ she
said. â€˜To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all
chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.â€™
I think she is one of the best damn character of the lot! She is
strong, willful and brave! I liked how her character was shaped up.
â€œâ€˜Do you wish then, that our places had been exchanged?â€™ said Faramir
â€˜Yes, I wish that indeed,â€™ said Denethor.
â€˜Since you are robbed of Boromir, I will go and do what I can in his stead â€“ if you command it.â€™
â€˜I do so,â€™ said Denethor.
â€˜Then farewell!â€™ â€˜But if I should return, think better of me!â€™ said Faramir.
â€˜That depends on the manner of your return,â€™ said Denethor.â€
I said this in my last review as well, Faramirâ€™s character is
great! A strong and valiant man, marred by the tall and glorious shadow
of his brother, still trying to prove his worth to the only man who
denies to see it, his father! He is by far the best character,
especially when it comes to dialogues!
â€œI want to hear more about Sam. Why didnâ€™t they put in more of his talk? And Frodo wouldnâ€™t have got far without Sam, would he?â€
Ah! How could Sam not make the cut? After all he is the major
driving force of this series. I love his dialogues and his dedication to
his friend, Frodo!
And that is probably the end of good stuff. Sorry fellas!
Moving on to the bad stuff in the ascending order of annoyance caused!!
>>The â€˜Greyâ€™ Matter
the first book till the last, I have been confused about Gandalf the
Grey, who then transcends to Gandalf the white. Sure he has a lot of
wisdom and he has a good character arc and some great quotes but as a
wizard, I donâ€™t see how he is a big deal! I mean I didnâ€™t see any of his
fabled wizardry. We are never shown his strengths and limitations nor
is he ever tested. Well, to be fair a lot of characters arenâ€™t tested
but Gandalf bothers me the most. At no point does he do anything that
shows that he can use magic!
I mentioned in both my previous reviews, the dialogue between
characters is not spot on. Most of the dialogues are fine but some are
not. Many places it sounds weird or too casual and in some places down
right funny and thatâ€™s something I didnâ€™t like. This has been a problem I
faced right from book #1.
>>Master master shit!
calls Frodo his â€˜Masterâ€™! This was the ONLY reason I deducted one star
from the rating of book 2 and it only happned like 3-4 times in that
one. In this installment, Tolkien has legit implied that Sam was Frodoâ€™s
servant! In one scene, it feels that Sam doesnâ€™t have equal standing
with even Merry and Pippin. If Sam truly is supposed to be an employee
or a servant to Frodo then why harp on about friendship and promises and
stuff? I hate this point bcz it implies that Sam was duty bound to
Frodo, meaning they were never truly friends and then there is no point
going all â€˜awwâ€™ about those two!
Also, ahem, not that I am
complaining or that I mind but a few scenes are pretty close to
depicting Sam and Frodo as lovers! (Yes, I did put that image in your
head! Sam and Frodo going all kissy and shit in Mordor! :D)
know, I think that Tolkien is not all that amazing at maintaining
different POVs? I still am left questioning why he didnâ€™t alternate
between the storylines of whatâ€™s going on with the Ring Bearer and the
rest of the fellowship! Why did he have to divide it into two parts and
make us wait? It sort of works counter to the point and acts as a mood
Also, I ABSOLUTELY WAS LOTH to read all the â€˜so it wasâ€™ and
â€˜thus it came to passâ€™ and stuff! So repetitive and it constantly felt
like Tolkien didnâ€™t know if he should treat this story as something
ongoing or as something that is in the past. And he does both and it
really was off putting!
this is something again that bothered me quite a good deal. Some major
characters, or supposedly major characters, were treated as sidekicks
and they werenâ€™t given enough ink and time. Legolas and Gimli were
completely sidetracked and theyâ€™re essentially not in the book. How and
why their friendship blooms, is also not well detailed. Their roles are
basically limited to saying a few dialogues to show that Aragorn has
support. Thatâ€™s all.
Weirdest of all was Arwen. And I want to
emphasize on this for all the Paolini and Tolkien comparers! Arwen is
NOT IN THE BOOKS! She is just supposed to be the love interest of
Aragorn but Tolkien has not bothered to sketch a love story between
them. They donâ€™t even have any scenes together and they just end up
marrying at the end bcz well, fuck the details!! Paolini on the other
hand, excelled at this part, just like the battle sequences. He bothered
to give Eragon and Arya enough time and detail together unlike Aragorn,
the Elfstone and Arwen, the Evenstar!
my review of book 2, I specifically mentioned that the battle of Helmâ€™s
Deep was not well done. It wasnâ€™t well detailed or intense enough. Now,
if I am not wrong, there are literally 2 major battles in this series,
the sieges of Helmâ€™s Deep and Minas Tirith. And while the sequence with
Helmâ€™s Deep is still okay-ish, the major one, the one on which depends
everything, the one where the army of the dead was to come, the one
where the â€˜hammer stroke would be the hardestâ€™, the battle of Minas
Tirith, was very strangely not given enough attention! I mean there is A
LOT of buildup to it but the actual battle does not happen. No duels,
no sword fights, no valor, no nothing! This point actually broke the
book for me! I mean the narrative canâ€™t be all sufficient! Yes, it was
poetic but I need the war to feel like a god damn war!!
also felt that the ending was too dragged out after the ring was
destroyed. It could have been shorter to some extent, especially the
part about The Shire towards the end. It felt forced and easily
avoidable. So was the insta-love of Eowyn towards Aragorn. Most of the
problems I mentioned, irked me personally and may not be the same for
others but it definitely is there and it ruined the book for me, making
it the least impressive in the series for me.
in all, itâ€™s a fine and engaging read, despite all the problems. It is
very immersive and the pacing is fabulous of the books except for a
couple chapters in the whole series. There is a lot happening in the
book even if not all of it is required. Definitely one of the best
series I have read. I will probably re-read this series at some point of
time as it has been a fantastic journey and an amazing experience but
itâ€™s not unblemished. Everyone gets their happy ending, mostly, me
included. I am glad to have read this series and to have seen it
â€œIt must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger:
someone has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them. I
will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil. But I am glad
you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Samâ€