All stories must come to an end, and celebrations can’t last forever. Thus, although the hobbits set out with a kingly entourage, their company gradually dwindles to just the four of them and Gandalf. Read more
Now that the war’s over, it’s time to turn to love! Read more
This chapter illustrates one aspect of The Lord of the Rings which sets it apart from many of its brethren: It commits to showing the arduous process of healing the wounds of war. Read more
Éowyn finally gets her moment of renown (with a little help from Merry), but it still remains to be seen whether she’s truly escaped her “cage”.
The pace quickens as all forces begin to converge on Minas Tirith. Also, alas, racial stereotypes. Read more
Now all roads were running together to the East to meet the coming of war and the onset of the Shadow. And even as Pippin stood at the Great Gate of the City and saw the Prince of Dol Amroth ride in with his banners, the King of Rohan came down out of the hills…
Back in Rohan, Aragorn and Merry are each contemplating what part they have to play in the coming battle (or not). Read more
Now we turn to Rohan, its people, and its language. Read more