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The War of the Ring (The History of Middle-earth, Book 8) Paperback – 4 Mar 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Re-issue edition (4 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261102230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261102231
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An opportunity to view the origins of one of the twentieth century's most popular and substantive works of fiction." --Hartford Courant --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'The War of the Ring' takes up the story of 'The Lord of the Rings' with the Battle of Helm’s Deep and the drowning of Isengard by the Ents, continues with the journey of Frodo, Sam and Gollum to the Pass of Cirith Ungol, describes the war in Gondor, and ends with the parley between Gandalf and the ambassador of the Dark Lord before the Black Gate of Mordor. Unforeseen developments that would become central to the narrative are seen at the moment of their emergence: the palantir bursting into fragments on the stairs of Orthanc, its nature as unknown to the author as to those who saw it fall, or the entry of Faramir into the story (‘I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, though I like him, but there he came walking through the woods of Ithilien’).

The book is illustrated with plans and drawings of the changing conceptions of Orthanc, Dunharrow, Minas Tirith and the tunnels of Shelob’s Lair.

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This second hand purchase was good value, came quickly and was well packed. You probably won't be buying it unless you know what you're after, but just in case, I will repeat the warning that this series is for hard core Tolkien fans; the books aren't written in a particularly engaging way, are hard going really, but they are fascinating if you want the insight into how the original author's mind worked and how the better known works came together. None of the books stand alone either; for scholarly purposes you will need at least the first nine in the series.
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great although it appears to be a library book with stamp in it still bit disheartened as was hoping was gonna be used but not have library stamp and date sheath torn out so in away glad bought bit disappointed as looks like a stolen library book
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The third part of the trilogy is a tale of heroics, splendor and sacrifice. The Ring is finally destroyed, the King returns and the Third age comes to an end. Every time I read this book (and I have read at least a dozen times) it moves me nearly to tears. Tolkien writes about the consequences of evil and what it takes to overcome evil in a way one shouldn't think possible. In our modern world we scorn at the un-ironic praise of "good deeds" and we are used to books describing heroics only from the distance. I Tolkiens universe we get the possibility to read about the necessity of fighting the dark within Man - WITHOUT the ironic distance.
I can not recommend this book (and volume 1 and 2) strong enough. This is an absolutely "Must Read", not just for fans of the fantasy genre, but for everybody who loves a marvellous tale.
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An excellent book as new and well packaged and delivered fairly quickly. Thank you.
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