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All stories end, even if we want them to go on forever. In fact, The War of the Ring has two literary endings...

But what comes after that last page has turned, and with tears in our eyes we put our tales away.

It's #TolkienFriday, and we're looking at what happens next.
Those two endings? In the greater scale of the story, this is the last line of The Silmarillion:

"...and an end was come for the Eldar of story and of song."

When they take ship for Valinor, it is very much the end not just of an age, but a whole history.
In The Return of the King though, the story is much more personal, and the journey ends not with the Elves, or with Frodo, but with this:

"And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap.

He drew a deep breath. โ€˜Well, Iโ€™m back,โ€™ he said."
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