The Return of the King Characters

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Much as Gandalf did in the earlier parts of The Lord of the Rings, so Aragorn returns from the dead here, at least symbolically, rendering The Return of the King a title with at least a dual meaning. Aragorn represents Tolkien's ideal leader—sensitive and loving, loyal, self-sacrificing, courageous, courteous. Although a fearsome foe in battle, Aragorn's hands are also "hands of healing," capable of almost miraculous works.

Gandalf himself appears not only as a wise counselor and powerful magician, but as a courageous warrior as well, demonstrating Tolkien's commitment to the ideal of waging righteous warfare when the cause is just, even for a man of learning. He is revealed also as the Enemy of Sauron, whose own time and purpose pass with his enemy's.

Merry and Pippin, sworn to the leaders of the Rohorrim and the city of Minas Tirith, respectively, each...

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