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The Treason of Isengard: The History Of The Lord Of The Rings - Part 2(History of Middle-Earth) Paperback – 4 Feb 2002

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Re-issue edition (4 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261102206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261102200
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Treason of Isengard' continues the account of the creation of 'The Lord of the Rings' started in the earlier volume, 'The Return of the Shadow'.

It traces the great expansion of the tale into new lands and new peoples south and east of the Misty Mountains: the emergence of Lothlórien, of Ents of the Riders of Rohan, and of Saruman the White in the fortress of Isengard.

In brief outlines and pencilled drafts dashed down on scraps of paper are seen the first entry of Galadriel, the earliest ideas of the history of Gondor, and the original meeting of Aragorn and Éowyn, its significance destined to be wholly transformed.

The book also contains a full account of the original map which was to be the basis of the emerging geography of Middle-earth; and an appendix examines the Runic alphabets, with illustrations of the forms and an analysis of the Runes used in the Book of Mazarbul found beside Balin's tomb in Moria.

”Frodo, Gandalf and the rest will never ride out to new adventures – saddening legions of us around the world…But the history of Middle-earth is still unfolding. Anyone loving the original books will want to study this.”
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About the Author

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide


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As with the other excellent LOTR retrospective books in Christopher Tolkien's series, this one is an excellent read and a must for those interested in how LOTR came to be written and the different ideas JRR Tolkein had in the at times painful development of the tale.
Best of all, here you will find the (abandoned) text of the Black Riders capturing a Hobbit and Gandalf coming to his rescue as well as the development of the Fellowship's characters and the alternative meanings behind Galadriel's gifts.
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Collections of an author's work are often confusing, particularly when what the author has created is as complex as Tolkien's writings. Here's an overview of the twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, which was edited by his son Christopher Tolkien. Hopefully, it will help you select which book or books to buy.

Keep something in mind. In the U.S. Houghton Mifflin publishes Tolkien's authorized works in hardback and trade paperback editions, while Ballantine Books publishes them as cheaper mass-market paperbacks. For some reason, Ballantine doesn't always make it clear that some of their titles are part of the same History of Middle-earth series as those published by Houghton Mifflin. If the title is the same, the content is the same. Which you buy depends on your taste in books and finances. I have copies of both.

GROUP ONE, VOLUMES I - V, EARLY TALES

These five volumes deal primarily with Tolkien's writings before the publication of The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-55). In them, Tolkien was struggling as a still unknown author to create his first history of Middle-earth.

Vol 1 & 2, The Book of Lost Tales Part 1 ( 1983) & 2 (1984). The Book of Lost Tales was written during the 1910s and 1920s. Wikipedia describes it this way: "The framework for the book is that a mortal Man visits the Isle of Tol Eressëa where the Elves live. In the earlier versions of the `Lost Tales' this man is named Eriol, of some vague north European origin, but in later versions he becomes Ælfwine, an Englishman of the Middle-ages."

Vol. 3, The Lays of Beleriand (1985). These are collections of poems, many of them incomplete, written between the 1920s and the late 1940s.

Vol 4, The Shaping of Middle-earth (1986).
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the treason of isengard is one of those books that any Tolkien fan should always have close by. Though to fully understand it you need to also have a copy of "the return of the shadow". Buy it.
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Awesome - I couldn't have believed from just reading Lord of the Rings , The Silmarillion and the Hobbit that Tolkien had written so much else - grateful thanks to Christopher Tolkien for giving us the true extent of his father's work.
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I now have all of the 'history' volumes leading up to this one and look forward eagerly to each as I get it. The histories of the War of the Rings are no exception. To be able to read about the sequences and changes that came about prior to the actual release of this astounding series of books is of paramount importance to anyone who calls themself a 'Tolkien scholar'. Having named my dog Luna Celebrin Tinuviel, I feel I fall into that category. I just wish that things were taken a little more in context with the sequence of events, rather than shifting times and going back and forth. To make two books out of the first part of the story I think is a little out of hand. Each volume of this portion of the mythologies should be handled within context of the original story - i.e., 'The Fellowship', 'The Two Towers', etc.
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