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The history of Lord of the Rings Part One ~ The Return of the Shadow (History of Middle-Earth) Paperback – 28 Jun 1990

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Product details

  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Unwin Paperbacks; New edition edition (28 Jun. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 004440669X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0044406693
  • Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,328,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The Return of the Shadow' is the first part of the history of the creation of 'The Lord of the Rings', a fascinating study of Tolkien's great masterpiece, from its inception to the end of the first volume, 'The Fellowship of the Ring'.

In 'The Return of the Shadow' (the abandoned title of the first volume of 'The Lord of the Rings') we see how Bilbo's 'magic' ring evolved into the supremely dangerous Ruling Ring of the Dark Lord; and the precise, and astonishingly unforeseen, moment when a Black Rider first rode into the Shire. The character of the hobbit called Trotter (afterwards Strider or Aragorn) is developed, though his true identity seems to be an insoluble problem. Frodo's companions undergo many changes of name and personality; and other major figures appear in unfamiliar guises: a sinister Treebeard, in league with the Enemy, and a ferocious, malevolent Farmer Maggot.

This book comes complete with reproductions of the first maps and facsimile pages from the earlier manuscripts.

”The pure imaginative power of J.R.R.Tolkien shines through…an excellent example of the creative imagination at work.”
BALTIMORE SUN

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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