The War of the Ring: History of the Lord of the Rings #3 (History of Middle-Earth #8)


In The War of the Ring Christopher Tolkien takes up the story of the writing of The Lord of the Rings with the Battle of Helm's Deep and the drowning of Isengard by the Ents. This is followed by an account of how Frodo, Sam and Gollum were finally brought to the Pass of Kirith Ungol, at which point J.R.R. Tolkien wrote at the time: 'I have got the hero into such a fix that not even an author will be able to extricate him without labour and difficulty'. Then comes the war in Gondor, and the book ends with the parley between Gandalf and the ambassador of the Dark Lord before the Black Gate of Mordor. In describing his intentions for The Return of the King J.R.R. Tolkien said that 'It will probably work out very differently from this plan when it really gets written, as the thing seems to write itself once it gets going'; and in The War of the Ring totally unforeseen developmenst that would become central to the narrative are seen at the moment of their emergence: the palantir bursting into fragments on the stairs of Orthanc, its nature as unknown to the author as to those who saw it fall, or the entry of Faramir into the story ('I am sure I did not invent him, though I like him, but there he came walking into the woods of Ithilien').

The book is illustrated with plans and drawings of the changing conceptions of Orthanc, Dunharrow, Minas Tirith and the tunnels of Shelob's Lair.

This eighth volume on the development of Tolkien's Middle-Earth brings to conclusion the three books that deal specifically with the creation of The Lord of the Rings. Illustrated with plans and drawings.

Author(s): J. R. R. Tolkien  

ISBN 10: 0618083596
ISBN 13: 9780618083596
Pages: 496
Format: Paperback
Publication: September 2000
Edition: None
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Other books by J. R. R. Tolkien

1. "The History of Middle-Earth: ""the Lost Road"" and Other Writings Part 5" Hardcover (1991/11/04)
2. "The Lord of the Rings: ""The Fellowship of the Ring"", ""The Two Towers"", ""The Return of the King"" (BBC Radio Collection)" (2002/10/07)
3. 1990 J. R. R. Tolkein Calendar Paperback (8/9/1989)
4. 2009 Tolkien Wall Calendar Calendar (8/5/2008)
5. 2012 Tolkien Wall Calendar Calendar (8/16/2011)
6. A Middle English Vocabulary Paperback (January 2012)
7. A Tolkien Treasury Paperback (10/23/2012)
8. Adventures of Tom Bombadil Hardcover (1978/10/01)
9. An Hobad, No Anonn Agus AR Ais Aris Paperback (March 2013)
10. Appendices et index: Le Seigneur des anneaux #4 (Lord of the Rings Appendices and Indexes) Paperback (9/8/1992)
11. Arbol Y Hoja - Tapa Dura (Tree & Leaf) Hardcover (7/28/1995)
12. Arnor : The Land (January 1997)
13. Beowulf Hardcover (1936)
14. Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics Book (January 1978)
15. Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics
16. Bilbo le Hobbit Paperback (1998/01/01)
17. Bilbo, le Hobbit Paperback (1998/12/31)

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