The Return of the King: Part III of the Lord of the Rings

Version: Abridged
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrator: Unknown
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: July 2002
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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The Lord of the Rings, Part 3: The Return of the King is a BBC radio full-cast dramatization of the third book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation.

The evil Saruman has been defeated by Gandalf, but in Mordor the battle for the Ruling Ring continues. Wounded by the giant spider, Shelob, Frodo has been captured by the dreaded orcs. Sam, alone and in possession of the Ring, must rescue his master if their mission -- to find the cracks of Doom, and there destroy the Ring -- is to continue. Meanwhile, the other Fellowship members are preparing for war against the armies of the Dark Lord, Sauron...

The Return of the King is the last of three parts, newly edited to correspond with the volumes in Tolkien's trilogy. This cassette includes the bonus features of Stephen Oliver's complete musical score and a demo version of John Le Mesurier singing Bilbo's Last Song.

Reviews (3)

Written by John Miller on December 19th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

WARNING: Despite what is said on the tag of this audiobook, this is an ABRIDGED version. The length is 3:35. Anyone can clearly see that this is not enough time to narrate this title. Tracking the actual text with the narration confirms this. I am SHOCKED that the other two reviewers did not notice this! Is it that these are fake reviews from the one who posted this audiobook to the website? While the cast has done a fine job at acting, this abridged version does not capture the deepness that is contained within this book, so I would highly advice NOT listening to this version.

A Masterful Tale

Written by Robert Lanois on September 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The final chapter in a classic tale. It is a don't miss read.

Return of the King

Written by Anonymous on February 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The narration is fantastic, and the story is legendary.

Author Details

Author Details

Tolkien, J.R.R.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shined in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called 'The Book of Lost Tales' but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.