October 20, 2015

"The Return of the King" 60th Anniversary


Today, The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings: Part 3) turns 60 years old. This also marked the conclusion The Lord of the Rings, 60 years ago.


When Tolkien became aware that The Lord of the Rings would be too large to publish as one volume, he envisioned the split as 6 books, rather than 3. Three were published as The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings: Part 1, July 29, 1954), The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings: Part 2, November 11, 1954) and finally, The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings: Part 3, October 20, 1955).


Tolkien originally wanted to title The Return of the King, as The War of the Ring. 

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