Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Study Guide
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The Return of the King - the third volume of The Lord of the Rings - continues and concludes the epic myth begun in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. The last book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy begins with the members of the Fellowship dispersing once again as they prepare to withstand the impending onslaught from the Dark Lord Sauron and his Nazgul.
Frodo and Sam continue in their hopeless trek across the devastated and evil land of Mordor, intent on destroying the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom. As they struggle to reach their goal, Pippin and Gandalf arrive at the city of Minas Tirith, where the Men of Gondor will soon make a stand against the armies of Sauron. Denethor, Steward of Gondor, strives with Gandalf for power and supremacy as they prepare for Sauron's assault, but his pride comes crashing down as personal tragedy strikes and defeat seems imminent. Then out of apparent doom rises a new king and new hope. Aragorn and Gandalf risk all, leading an assault on the Dark Lord himself in an attempt to distract him from the Ringbearer and perhaps give Frodo time to destroy the Ring. At the end of it all, can Frodo resist the temptation of the One Ring itself?