[Thoughts in Haiku] The Return of the King

Hazy’s note: Undercover Bookworm just turned 1 year old this September! Last weekend, it was… and I forgot! 😆 Weatherly and I thank you, dear readers and followers, for your continued support and for reading our posts!  Again, we thank YOU!  ❤

I will try my best to start doing haiku posts again.  And as a token of my gratitude, here’s the long awaited conclusion to The Lord of the Rings haiku trilogy. 

Book Summary and Thoughts in Haiku on: The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings Vol. 3) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Denethor, I loathe
Loves first son more’n second son
Makes Faramir sad

Faramir, to war
Comes home wounded, *almost* dead
Father thinks son’s dead

Funeral pyre built
To burn dad and son
Denethor, you’re nuts!

Pippin, Gandalf, knight
Faramir saved from burning
Whew! That was so close.

Man, elf, and dwarf, yo!
With Rangers of the North
Sought help from dead men

Riders of Rohan
Fight Sauron’s evil forces
To Gondor’s aid. Fight!

Who is this Dernhelm?
Alas, ’tis fair Éowyn!
With armor and sword

She defeats witch-king
With Merry’s help, success! but
Both gravely wounded

Aragorn arrives
Beats bad guys, heals wounded in
Houses of Healing

Faramir is there
Also Éowyn, Merry
They’re alive. Hurray!

Faramir meets girl
They fall in love; good for them!
Eowyn, happy

Aragorn leads strike
on Gates of Mordor to buy
time for Frodo, Sam

Both reach Mount Doom but
Frodo caves in, Ring’s power
Gollum wants Ring back

He attacks Frodo
Bites off his finger, gets ring
Falls into Mount Doom

Fin’lly, Ring destroyed!
Sauron, army, defeated!
Aragorn now King

Hobbits back in Shire
Saruman and Wormtongue there
Both meet death; now gone

Time passed, lots have changed
Frodo , Bilbo, and Gandalf

Sailed away with elves

~ The End. ~

That was a bit long, wasn’t it?

This was my favorite book in the trilogy. For me, the best part was Eowyn going incognito in battle and fighting the Witch-king. You go girl! And I really liked the Eowyn-Faramir pairing. Their moments at the Houses of Healing in the chapter ‘The Steward and the King’ were lovely.

Regarding Frodo, I can understand why he decided to sail away to the Undying Lands with the elves. He has gone through SO much already, he just wanted to find peace and probably live a new life in a different place.

QUICK QUOTABLE QUOTES

  • “All your words are but to say: you are a woman, and your part is in the house. But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it no more. But I am of the House of Erol and not a serving-woman. I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.” – Éowyn 
  • “What do you fear, lady?” Aragorn asked.
    “A cage,” Éowyn said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.” 
  • Still she did not blench: maiden of the Rohirrim, child of kings, slender but as a steel blade, fair yet terrible. A swift stroke she dealt, skilled and deadly.
  • “I am no warrior at all and dislike any thought of battle; but waiting on the edge of one I can’t escape is worst of all.” – Pippin
  • “Do not throw your life away rashly or in bitterness.” – Gandalf [to Faramir]
  • “I wished to be loved by another,” Éowyn answered. “But I desire no man’s pity.” 
  •  “But when he gave you only understanding and pity, then you desired to have nothing, unless a brave death in battle.” – Faramir
  • And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.
  • “Do not scorn pity that is the gift of a gentle heart.” – Faramir

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