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The return of the shadow

Author: Christopher Tolkien; J R R Tolkien
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988.
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In this sixth volume of The History of Middle-earth the story reaches The Lord of the Rings. In The Return of the Shadow (an abandoned title for the first volume) Christopher Tolkien describes, with full citation of the earliest notes, outline plans, and narrative drafts, the intricate evolution of The Fellowship of the Ring and the gradual emergence of the conceptions that transformed what J.R.R. Tolkien for long  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Tolkien, Christopher.
Return of the shadow.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988
(OCoLC)647119351
Named Person: J R R Tolkien
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Tolkien; J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0395498635 9780395498637
OCLC Number: 18326434
Notes: At head of title: J.R.R. Tolkien.
Includes index.
Description: x, 497 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Contents: A long-expected party --
From Hobbiton to the Woody End --
Of Gollum and the ring --
To Maggot's farm and Buckland --
The old forest and the Withywindle --
Tom Bombadil --
The barrow-wight --
Arrival at Bree --
Trotter and the journey to Weathertop --
The attack on Weathertop --
From Weathertop to the Ford --
At Rivendell --
'Queries and alterations' --
Return to Hobbiton --
Ancient history --
Delays are dangerous --
A short cut to mushrooms --
Again from Buckland to the Withywindle --
The third phase : the journey to Bree --
The third phase : at the sign of the prancing pony --
The third phase : to Weathertop and Rivendell --
New uncertainties and new projections --
In the house of Elrond --
The ring goes south --
The mines of Moria.
Other Titles: J.R.R. Tolkien, The return of the shadow
Responsibility: Christopher Tolkien.
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In this sixth volume of The History of Middle-earth the story reaches The Lord of the Rings. In The Return of the Shadow (an abandoned title for the first volume) Christopher Tolkien describes, with full citation of the earliest notes, outline plans, and narrative drafts, the intricate evolution of The Fellowship of the Ring and the gradual emergence of the conceptions that transformed what J.R.R. Tolkien for long believed would be a far shorter book, 'a sequel to The Hobbit'. The enlargement of Bilbo's 'magic ring' into the supremely potent and dangerous Ruling Ring of the Dark Lord is traced and the precise moment is seen when, in an astonishing and unforeseen leap in the earliest narrative, a Black Rider first rode into the Shire, his significance still unknown. The character of the hobbit called Trotter (afterwards Strider or Aragorn) is developed while his indentity remains an absolute puzzle, and the suspicion only very slowly becomes certainty that he must after all be a Man. The hobbits, Frodo's companions, undergo intricate permutations of name and personality, and other major figures appear in strange modes: a sinister Treebeard, in league with the Enemy, a ferocious and malevolent Farmer Maggot. The story in this book ends at the point where J.R.R. Tolkien halted in the story for a long time, as the Company of the Ring, still lacking Legolas and Gimli, stood before the tomb of Balin in the Mines of Moria. The Return of the Shadow is illustrated with reproductions of the first maps and notable pages from the earliest manuscripts.

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