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Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Study Guide

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The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien unit study guide lesson plans for literature and reading from a Christian worldview with Biblical integration. Teacher resource curriculum, hands on ideas, projects, worksheets, comprehension questions, and activities.


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#1 on the Big Read List (UK's top 200). The final book in Tolkien's classic Lord of the Rings series.

Through J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of fantasy, hobbits, adventure, danger, loyalty, and courage, students will learn:

Author Biography: Learn about J.R.R. Tolkien and the fascinating history behind the author and novel.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: characterization, archaic language, rhythm and language, hubris, extended metaphor, images, interlacing, alliteration, assonance, anthropomorphism, irony, foreshadowing, eucatastrophe, comic relief, allusions, parochialism, dramatic structure, static vs. dynamic characters, heroism, narcissism, resolution.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: choosing between conflicting choices, Christ figure, fallen humanity, dread and despair, deceit, grief teaching wisdom, great deeds, scriptural parallels, temptation, the power of evil, deathwish, hope and Psalms, stewardship, pity, endings and changes, wealth and power, moving on, interdependence, just war, nature of evil.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Read/review prequels, mapping character movements, research kings, Middle-earth map, research harrowing, martyrs, feudal system, essay or debate on women in battle, Rohirrim, armor, Denethor and Saul, prophecy, Pippin vs. Merry, duty, light and darkness, facing death, research fortress walls, song/poem of victory, watercolor, crowning of Aragorn, living wills, contemporary coronations, comparison of Minas Tirith, Christ’s second coming, luck, healing, death and immortality, messianic images, growing up, providence patterns, female characters analysis, write a short story, dramatize a scene, PTSD interview/research.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books and movies that tie in with, or are similar to, The Return of the King

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

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Learn More about the Book

Read the story summary of The Return of the King and get the book HERE

Check out the prequels: The Hobbit Fellowship of the Ring, and The Two Towers.  

Looking for an unabridged audiobook of The Return of the King? Click HERE.

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Recommended Grade Level:
Imaginative, Middle Earth
British Literature, Fantasy
Workbook ISBN:
Study Guide Author:
Michael Poteet
For the Book By:
J.R.R. Tolkien
Study Guide Page Count:
108 pages

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    I wish the study guide

    Posted by Ava T. on 17th Dec 2014

    I wish the study guide went chapter by chapter. It is OK, but just not quite what I had hoped.