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“Well, I’m back,” he said.

I’m finished with The Lord of the Rings.

Can I get a round of applause? Thank you.

I’ll be posting my official review tomorrow, but in the meantime I thought I’d share with you the final passage of the novel.

I guess I should give you a SPOILER ALERT here, though it’s really no spoiler, unless knowing that three main characters are alive at the end of the novel would bother you.

The beauty of the passage is its finality.

At last they rode over the downs and took the East Road, and then Merry and Pippin rode on to Buckland and already they were singing again as they went. But Sam turned to Bywater, and so came back up the Hill, as day was ending once more. And he went on, and there was yellow light, and fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap. He drew a deep breath. ‘Well, I’m back,’ he said.

After everything you’ve been through reading this massive novel, Tolkien gives you an ending that you can live with. Merry and Pippin continue as normal. Sam settles into family life. And, of course, Frodo is on his way to the Gray Havens to live happily ever after—at least while dealing with the consequences of having been a ring bearer.

The ending is so simple. So plain. And that’s what makes it so good.

My review of The Lord of the Rings is coming tomorrow.

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  1. Alison Marie #

    Well done on finishing it! How long did it take you to read the whole thing? I’ve never been brave enough to attempt it… Yet!

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    August 5, 2014
    • Probably about 6-7 weeks. But I had a vacation week in there so I was able to get most of The Two Towers read over the course of that one week.

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      August 5, 2014
  2. A round of applause!

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    August 5, 2014
  3. Wow. I do hope that I will attempt the same in future…:)

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    August 5, 2014
  4. When I read it, I thought it made the circle complete.

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    August 5, 2014
  5. Whoa – it doesn’t feel like it’s been six-to-seven weeks! I’m going to have to get on that if I want to get them re-read before my birthday!

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    August 5, 2014
  6. Marie #

    *applauds*

    I made it as far as halfway through the third book a few years ago and for some reason, I gave up at that point.

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    August 5, 2014
  7. I am rereading them for the first time since fourth grade, I love the story!

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    August 5, 2014
  8. priyanka #

    I really can’t to wait to read the review . This is somewhat embarrassing , but I have not read the LOTR . I have just read The Hobbit . And well , I love it of course . It’s just that , I get too busy with other books , and LOTR is in my soon-to-read-books list for that past one whole damn year . I hope i get my hands on LOTR by this year .
    And yeah , a huge round of applause .

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    August 5, 2014
  9. I’ve always loved that ending. It felt like Tolkien was giving me permission to leave his enchanted world and resume my normal life.

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    August 6, 2014
  10. Love the ending! Is it just me or would that last sentence be better with the ‘he said’ after ‘well’ for a slight pause? Looking forward reading your review!

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    August 7, 2014

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