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For true Lord of the Rings fans,
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This review is from: The Return of the Shadow (The History of Middle-earth, Book 6) (Paperback)
The books in the Making of the Lord of the Rings series, are for die hard fans of the trilogy and of J R R Tolkien. They are for you if you need to go beyond the story and want to know how where it came from and how it all came together. The level of detail in this book is amazing. It charts the changing versions of each chapter- who knew the first chapter in the Fellowship of the Ring (A Long Expected Party) was written so many times with Tolkien changing his mind constantly about Bilbo's age and the names of all his relatives?!
Only a true blue fan would appreciate this, for anyone else the detail is too intense.
Buy this book if you would like to study the history of the Lord of the Rings, and are interested in the thought processes of the author, if you have the tenacity and the passion to read and re-read each chapter as the various drafts finally come together in the version you end up reading in the published format.