Life went on for Aragorn, Arwen, the Hobbits and the rest
Featurewell.com – January 6, 2004
Don’t be fooled by those two words – “The End” – at the close of director Peter Jackson’s spectacular film treatment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”
Yes, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” marks the end of Jackson’s majestic staging of Tolkien’s masterwork.
Yet if you only know Middle-earth from the films, you might be unaware that Tolkien concocted a back-story to this alternate universe, including a separate book of Middle-earth mythology, “The Silmarillion.” Sprawling family trees, lengthy timelines and detailed mythologies are found in long appendixes and side tales that surround “Lord of the Rings,” rivaling many actual histories of Regular Earth.
So, what happened to Gimli, Samwise, Aragon, Arwen and the others after “The End”?
Herewith (to borrow Tolkien’s orotund “Rings” language) are postscripts to the tale, excerpted from the 100-page appendix to the book “The Return of the King” with some of this writer’s own context provided.
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