on 6 November 2011
This book has three great strengths:
1. Two versions of the delightful Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings. This was the original ending of LotR, and remained so until an advanced stage in the book's production; and Tolkien seems always to have wished it had remained in place but was persuaded to delete it by some of his friends.
2. The Notion Club Papers - an extremely important unfinished novel by JRR Tolkien in a 'modern' setting but with much reference to space and time travel. This was written in the middle of composing the Lord of the Rings, so has Tolkien at the height of his powers. Also, there are many coded clues to Tolkien's own deepest, and secret, beliefs.
3. Several alternative version of the history of Numenor, with a lot of extra (and more vivid) detail than can be found in the LotR or Silmarillion.
Without exaggeration, and speaking as a long term Tolkien fan, this is one of the most interesting books I have ever read.
on 1 January 2013
Saruon Defeated is the ninth book within the extensive published works on the history of Middle-Earth, which is compiled by Christopher Tolkien and explored at length JRR Tolkien's masterful creation. The epic scope of the mythology that he created, those memorable events that we shall never forget and how he crafted his work within our own historical timeline never fails to neither astound me nor leave me in awe of his achievements. There is so much more depth behind the stories that we cherish and love (such as The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit), and which can be partially discovered within the history of how it all came into being.
In the first section Christopher Tolkien completes his lengthy, fascinating study of the Lord of the Rings, beginning with Sam rescuing Frodo when he is held captive by the enemy in the tower of Cirith Ungol. It also gives a very different insight into the Scouring of the Shire and ends with the Epilogue that was never published - in which Sam attempts to answer his children's questions when Bilbo and Frodo have departed from the Grey Havens.
In the second section of the book, is an edition of the `Notion club papers' which are now published for the first time. These mysterious papers discovered in the early years of the twenty-first century report the discussions of an Oxford club in 1986 and 1987, in which subject matter turns to the legends of Atlantis amongst other interesting topics. There is also a new version of the `drowning of Anadûnê (continuing into the third part of this book). At this time the language of the men of the West, Adûnaic, was first devised and the book concludes with an account of its structure provided by Arundel Lowdham (a member of the Notion club, who learned it in his dreams).
For anyone wishing to learn more about JRR Tolkien's epic creation and the stories, the inspiration and the detailed, extensive history behind Middle-Earth I highly recommend that you read this series of books that explore and reveal so much. Fascinating, intriguing and really interesting I completely lost myself within this book (similarly to the rest of the history), and find that they add so much depth to Tolkien's work. Complete with photographs of original illustrations and writing, and index's this comprehensive guide is a must-read for any fan, devoted follower of Tolkien and those wishing to study more in-length his creation.
on 2 April 1998
The title of this book should say it all. Certainly a book designed for die-hard Tolkien fans, 'Sauron Defeated' hardly represents interesting reading for people unfamiliar with the Lord of the Rings series. That said, the thick volume is still essential for anyone who has read the previous three chapters of the History. Although some parts of 'Sauron Defeated' are better off left out in its next edition, it presents enough interesting information in its 482 pages to make it a worthwhile (not to mention impressive) presence in your Tolkien library.
on 17 May 2013
i am a fan and this is a biased review. if you are into tolkien's mythology, this series will come handy to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the history of the middle-earth - from silmarillion to the lord of the rings, and much more. a must have for any hardcore tolkien fan!
on 15 May 2000
I am extrimly glad i got this book wich gives ( as it's former 11) un exslent look in to Tolkiens work , but this book will give you more with it's unpablished ending and the "nation club "papers on atlantis and time trveling , a real insight into Tolkien .just rimmber this is a colection of unpablished work not a story ( wich is why i gave it a4 and not 5 ).