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I finished reading The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. I actually finished the book a month or two ago, and then started reading all the extra appendices at the end.. and that was alot of material. It was interesting to read about what happened after the movies ended and the eventual end of Aragorn's life all those years upon years later. And all the extra info about the origins of middle earth and the different ages. I didn't finish the entire appendix, I got burned out on it since most of it doesn't read like a full story. Once I got to a section where it was showing large time lines of events, mostly from the original trilogy I stopped. It was a good chunk of info.
On a side note, the actual ending of LotR was in the shire with the hobbits raising a small hobbit army to defaut Saruman. lol. Who'd have ever seen that coming? That wasn't in the movie.
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I was glad to see that Gimli went with Legolas all the way to the end with the other elves. Their friendship was great. 😀 i'l have to buy the Silmarillion at some point so I can read it. The appendices were great with more info about the rings that was never covered in the books so I'm glad all that extra info was included.
I just remembered this comic from dorkly.
I'll warn you it's a slog and a half when you do get around to reading it and pretty much every story is unfinished but it's probably one of the best reads out there for Middle-Earth knowledge. It covers the first two ages and goes into great detail about the Undying Lands (where the elves, Gandalf, and the other wizards are from), why the elves came to Middle Earth, Sauron and his master, the creation of the rings of power, the origins of Aragorn's family line and why he so long lived, and many many more things. Just talking about it is making me want to read it again.
Now that sounds interesting to me. The appendices talked briefly about Sauron's master. And it got me wondering about that guy and wtf powers did he have. I'll definitely pick it up one of these days. It still boggles my mind that Aragorn's ancestors used to be elves but decided to become mortal. Ancestors made a bad choice and all those generations later they get wars because of it because of the resentment of not being immortal. Yeah, screw those ancestors. I'd rather have immortality.