It's actually very interesting.
It is a fascinating look at how J. R. R. Tolkien began the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, which should intrigue not only his fans, but literary scholars as well.
I look forward to a composite index covering the whole four volumes of the `History of the Lord of the Rings' series.
How often do fans get to read draft versions of a favorite saga, glimpsing which elements were present from the beginning, how the story evolved, and various alternatives that were... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tuckerby
Just being honest about it... seeing all the drafts, false starts, original names, etc. was really a turn off. Read morePublished 20 months ago by AnarchyJim
I like reading these books but I don't think very many others will. And I'm starting to get burned out on them. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by USNavy Veteran
"I squandered so much on the original `Hobbit' (which was not meant to have a sequel) that it is difficult to find anything new in that world" (RotS pg. 44). Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Mike London
For hardcore Tolkien fans, this is a must! Christopher Tolkien details how his father wrote the first portions of The Fellowship of the Ring. Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Bo Shoemaker
"The Return of the Shadow" is a fascinating work; it shows the shaping of Middle Earth as well as how J.R.R. Tolkien crafted his "Lord of the Rings" novels. Read morePublished on April 15, 2009 by Kevin M. Derby