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The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 6) Paperback – September 1, 2000
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In preparing this volume (and the others in the series) Christopher Tolkien has permitted us access to the inner workings of his father's thought, as the story which ultimately became "The Lord of the Rings" gradually evolved and took shape.
Any aficionado of "The Lord of the Rings" will delight at the early character portrayls of characters like Farmer Maggot and Treebeard (and not the least, Trotter the hobbit whose character ultimately morphs into that of Aragorn).
This book is also highly recommend for any student of language and literature and any budding novelist.
Thank you, Christopher, for your labor of love on behalf of your father.
The 12 volumes of the History of Middle Earth take a close look at the creation of Tolkien's greatest achievement - Middle Earth itself - through early drafts, unpublished texts, and dead end writings. For ardent Tolkien readers it is a fascinating look at one of the great literary creations of the 20th Century. For more casual fans, it's text better left unread.
"The Return of the Shadow" marks the first in the four volumes dealing with the history of the writing of "The Lord of the Rings." Like the other volumes in the series, it features unpublished writings by Tolkien, supplemented, explained, footnoted, annotated and expounded upon by his son, Christopher Tolkien.
Here we have the earliest versions of what would later become the most beloved fantasy epic in the world, detailing the extraordinary and convoluted history of the earliest chapters of "The Lord of the Rings." Some readers might be surprised to know just how different a book this was in its earliest stages, and just how much Tolkien was making it up as he went along in those early days.
The wealth of information is fantastic, and Christopher Tolkien goes to great lengths to examine each text, putting them in the context of the larger puzzle of his father's writings. The exploration of how "The Lord of the Rings" came about is fantastic - for those interested. Otherwise, it will bore. This is, after all, a series of unfinished draft chapters and essays on the text. I enjoyed it, but many won't.Read more ›
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Tolkien should be knighted by the british govt! this he deserves,a ld war one officer, a great father and a great writer a great mind who conceved rd of the rings and the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by brandon d baur
How the first book of the Lord of The Rings trilogy was developed is presented. Tolkien's many,many revisions and changes are laid out. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jonathan Radin
The best and most accurate description of this series is a history of WRITING of the Lord of the Rings. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jim
This was a gift for my brother a few Christmas's back, and knowing his love for all things JRR Tolkien, I know he loved the book!Published 12 months ago by Kelsey Darling
This book is for hard core Tolkien fans. Many people would find this book tedious and boring but I find it very interesting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Scoe
A must read for all Tolkien fans, this book gives the history of how everyone's favorite dark lord. Witness how the he returns from defeat bent on enslaving all of Middle Earth.Published 13 months ago by Darth Ghranna