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5.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointment at the end, 1 Sep 2003
Now, I don't mean this in a way which you may think. Once you have finished the book you feel strangely lonely and sad, it's very much like coming back from a holiday of a life time. The characters of whom you have come to like dearly; not only the main chracters such as Frodo, Aragorn or Gandalf, but also the likes of Eomer, Faramir and Eowyn depart and carry on with their lives. You, as the reader can not follow them any longer as this where the story finishes. The adventure has come to an end, you wish you were there, but instead, you have to continue with your boring, unremarkable lives, and rightly so! Because this novel sucks you into the world of Middle-earth like no other, you believe you really are watching Gimli slaying orcs in their dozens and you feel as though you are charging Pelennor Field with the Riders of Rohan (which incidently, I think, are the best race because they're cavalry and extremely HARD!). I personally felt as though I was part of the adventure and following the books completion and can find no other substitute.
From the the 2nd book onwards (The Two Towers) the plot splits into 3, following Aragorn and co; Frodo and Sam; and Merry and Pippin on their seperate goals. I personally found following Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas more entertaining as their endevour to raise armies and march against the forces of evil more enjoyable and enthralling, Helm's Deep and the Battle of Pelennor Fields are as dramatic masterpieces as no other that you will find in narrative or on celluloid. Even real life events; Battle of Britain, D-Day, Waterloo are no comparisons in dramatic magnitude.
Nonetheless, the other stories are just as compelling, particularly the relationship between Sam and Frodo. Everyone needs a friend like Sam and their struggle together against all odds must captivate the hearts of all readers in my opinion.
This book captures heart and soul, your life will revolve around it, there is much more I can say but I won't, all I'll say is this; JUST READ IT!