The most captivating story of all time, The Lord of the Rings, continues to gain in popularity. The amount of written material produced by the author and released posthumously, edited by his son Christopher, is staggering. These volumes give the reader an invitation into the private papers of the author. Everything there is to know is published here. How stories developed, alternate versions, notes, all wonderfully presented. A must for fans of the Lord of the Rings, who have read the book(s)several times, and know its charecters and nuances (such as myself). For students of fiction or aspiring authors, this is an important "how-to" work.