The Return of the King

Version: Unabridged
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrator: Rob Inglis
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: March 2000
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 18 hours, 30 minutes
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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive -- now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.

Reviews (10)

Written by Cody E. on February 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great! Books!

Written by Brandon Wickersham on August 28th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

wonderful book, great narrator.

Written by Edward S. on September 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this story

Great book

Written by Anonymous on May 5th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love the story. The narrator I could listen to forever.


Written by Wolf S on February 11th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great classic of fantasy. A must read of the genre. Also this was very well narrated.

The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Written by jon Smith on November 28th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing!! Truly a great book and an epic one for the ages.

Written by Grant Williams on June 6th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great listen. Love the unabridged version. Narration is on point.

Written by daphne dunn on April 15th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a well read version of a delightful classic. I will surely listen to it again in the future!

A Treat for Real LOTR Devotees

Written by Nancy on September 12th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The CD has everything that a good edition of the book would--Tolkien's Prefaces and the appendixes. As always, the narration is exemplary.

Written by Elizabeth Bosque on July 15th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

LOTR. It's awesome. Just read it. True classic. Absolutely loved the entire series!

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.