- Hardcover: 2032 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (6 Jan. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007149166
- ISBN-13: 978-0007149162
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 5.9 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Complete History of Middle-Earth: Part 2 Hardcover – 6 Jan 2003
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‘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.’
J.R.R. Tolkien is famous for his unique literary creation, exemplified in "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion". He also produced a vast amount of further material that expands upon the stories that were published, and which gives added life to the tales of the hobbits, Gandalf and the quest of the Fellowship as told in "The Lord of the Rings". It was to this task of literary construction that Tolkien's youngest son and literary heir, Christopher, applied himself to, producing the series of twelve books, "The Complete History of Middle-Earth". This hardback edition brings together volumes six to nine of "The History of Middle-earth": "The Return of the Shadow", "The Treason of Isengard", "The War of the Ring" and "Sauron Defeated". Together these books give a complete account of the writing of "The Lord of the Rings", and provide the reader with numerous additional scenes, together with rare maps and illustrations, which never made it into the final book, including the epilogue in its entirety.See all Product description
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This was fascinating reading, for example to discover that it was Bingo, not Frodo, the initial ring-bearer as well as other sometimes major name changes or plots which got chopped out during editing. Where the first volume concerned the First Age and The Silmarillion stories - and, truth be told, was quite heavy reading sometimes - this volume focuses wholly on the Lord of the Rings, so people who are new to Middle-earth or have just read The Hobbit, or Lord of the Rings, will thoroughly enjoy this.
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