The last and final parts of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy were breathtaking in parts, moving in others and the perfect ending to a well-loved series.
I raced through the first three quarters of the book in one day. All the various plot lines were reaching their climaxes (The war of Pelinor fields, Frodo and Sam heading to Mt. Doom etc) and it was just too good to put down. It seems as though Tolkien felt the same way because after Frodo and Sam toss the ring into the fires of Mt. Doom there is still a quarter of the book left. He loved the characters too much to stop writing. And, so follow the last few chapters of the book where all the loose ends are tied up and all the happy endings are made complete.
The Return of the King ends with Frodo and Bilbo heading to the Grey Havens with the elves. As a, usually, non-emotional reader, I suprised myself with a few tears. Although these are fantasy novels, I was touched by the humanity of the characters, especially Frodo and how he represents all of us who feel small in a big world. He sacrifices his life for his friends yet leaves the world in near anonymity.
It inspires me to read the works of Tolkien and Lewis and see, reflected in their works, their faith and their deep love and trust in God.
Sorry to get all mushy on you :) now… on to other books! Oh there are too many out there and not enough time to read them all!!!!