From the Back Cover
A boxed set of four paperbacks detailing the creation of The Lord of the Rings from its inception to its finished form, featuring brand new cover art.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s ' The Lord of the Rings, ' now firmly acknowledged as the most popular book of the twentieth century, has captivated generations of readers with the ‘reality’ of its fantasy. In ' History of The Lord of the Rings, ' the author’s son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien, examines the creation of ' The Lord of the Rings ' from its inception to its finished form. At the core of these books are a great many early drafts and unpublished passages by Tolkien which add greatly to one’s understanding of his great masterpiece.
Combining his father’s unique imagination with his own privileged insight, ' The History of The Lord of the Rings ' is a series of four volumes – including one edition unique to this collection – no fan of ' The Lord of the Rings ' can afford to overlook.
“One marvels anew at the depth, breadth and persistence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s labour. No one sympathetic to his aims, the invention of a secondary universe, will want to miss this chance to be present at the creation.”
About the Author
Christopher Tolkien is J.R.R.Tolkien’s third son and literary executor. In an unprecedented feat of literary study spanning 15 years, he has brought together his father’s many unpublished stories and background notes to form the groundbreaking The History of Middle-earth, combining his father’s unique imagination with his own privileged insight.
‘Affords us an almost over the shoulder view into the evolving creative process and genius of J.R.R.Tolkien … the superb, sensitive and extremely helpful commentary and editing done by Christopher Tolkien makes all this possible.’ Mythlore