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Return Of The Shadow Hme # 6 [Paperback]

J.R.R. Tolkien
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Dec 12 1991 History of Middle-Earth (Book 6)

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.


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Collectively, these volumes are marketed as "The History of The Lord of the Rings" and tell alternate stories of the siege of Middle-earth and Sauron's defeat.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide

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4.0 out of 5 stars Details, details May 31 2000
Format:Paperback
For a Tolkien enthusiast, I think this is an extremely interesting work. Much like the relationship between The Silmarillion and the Books of Lost Tales, The Return of the Shadow is an in depth exploration of the development of The Fellowship of the Ring. The book gives an account of each chapter in the Fellowship of the Ring, from the Long-Expected Party to the Mines of Moria. Each section includes the various versions of the chapter that Professor Tolkien wrote and rejected. Notes and comments are included for each chapter. I was impressed by the research that went into compiling this book, as every stage of development was discussed in detail. While the Return of the Shadow is similar in format to the Books of Lost Tales I and II, one should not expect the dramatic differences between the Silmarillion and its embryonic tales. The early versions of the Fellowship of the Ring are not completely alien to the product that was produced. However, the development of characters and elements of the tale prove most interesting indeed. For someone who is unfamiliar with The Lord of the Rings, this book would most certainly be a poor choice to read. But for those who cherish the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of The Shadow is a wealth of information which I would recomment as being indispensable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for LOTR fans Sept. 25 1998
Format:Hardcover
In the sixth volume of The History of Middle Earth, Christopher Tolkien begins to show us the developement of The Lord of the Rings. This volume reaches the point where Tolkien himself stopped his writing for a long time--the Mines of Moria. Although most of the basic themes remain the same throughout Tolkien's creation, one difference in the early version certainly stands out. Not only is there no mention of the Dunedain, but Aragorn himself is now a hobbit called Trotter whose real name is none other than Peregrin. Also, many of the hobbit names were different and continued to shift back and forth until the present names were finally accepted. I recommend this book to all Tolkien fans, but especially for those who loved LOTR.
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Format:Hardcover
Tolkien describes the Lord of the Rings as "a tale that grew in the telling", and this is the volume that most clearly illuminates that process. If you are one of us who repeatedly immerse ourselves in Middle Earth, you will find this volume occasionally amazing, occasionally hilarious, and always fascinating. Much of the dialogue in LotR remained unchanged from its earliest drafts, but the characters speaking the words changed dramatically. For example, in his original incarnation, Strider was a road-worn, dark and dangerous hobbit! The meeting at Bree alone is worth the price of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the Shadow April 12 2002
By Hunter
Format:Hardcover
The Return of the Shadow

In the novel The Return of the Shadow by JRR. Tolkien, it is an excellent history to The Lord of the Rings. It gives you the original ideas and thoughts of the author being a manuscript. It is a tough book to read with a lot of different things about it such as names and places. The book also gives you notes so you can reflect on the finished version of the books. It is a very detailed book with a lot of description and adventure. It revolves around the life of "Hobbits" which are little people about half the size of humans. They go on an adventure, which has a lot of scary parts where the characters are in peril. They are eager to go on the adventure and will not give up. The book also tells you a lot about the older family that have passed away and the relations between the characters.
This book is for people who have a lot of time and patience. It is a great book but is a little confusing in the beginning until you get the hang of the context. It has a lot of complicated and confusing ideas and concepts. I suggest this book to older kids and adults. People who like the other Tolkien books would like this book. Have fun reading.
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By John Kwok TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Once more Christopher Tolkien does an admirable job chronicling his father's thinking as the early drafts of "Fellowship Of The Ring" were written. It is a fascinating look at how J. R. R. Tolkien began the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, which should intrigue not only his fans, but literary scholars as well. Christopher excels at describing all the changes his father made before the manuscript assumed its final form. I strongly recommend it as a fascinating glimpse into J. R. R. Tolkien's creative mind.
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