Top positive review
on 1 April 2014
In the second volume of the History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien explores the first initial drafts of the Lord of the Rings and its subsequent plot developments.
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.