The conclusion to Tolkein’s epic trilogy that is the foundation of modern fantasy, The Return of the King brings all the plot threads to an epic conclusion. The corrupting power of the ring looms over the entire story as Frodo tries to finish his quest. To do so he gets the help of his companions who draw attention away from Mt. Doom and Sam who remains by his side throughout. The payoff with Gollum is perfect and there is plenty of great action the reader gets to enjoy. I have this third among the LotR novels mainly because the Scouring of the Shire feels like a separate novella, creating a second climax that is unnecessary. Though I like much of the book more than Fellowship which started a bit slower.