The War of the Ring: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Three (The History of The Lord of the Rings #3)
We see Gandalf's evaluation of Saruman's skill as a wizard. Gandalf is shown to agonize over what the palentir was and we see his attempt to discover its place within the sch ...more
It will probably work out very differently from this plan when it really gets written, as the thing seems to write itself once I get going, as if the truth comes out only then, only imperfectly glimpsed in the preliminary sketch. (219)
This is what J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to his son, Christopher , as he was working out the ending to The Lord of the Rings. This volume, The War of the Ring (Part 3 of The History of The Lord of the Rings series, and Volume 8 of The History of Middle-Earth series), show...more
This series is ONLY for the hardcore Tolkien fanatic. Predominantly written by
JRR's son, based on JRR's notes on the creation of The Silmarilion and
The Lord of the Rings (much less on The Hobbit). It is somewhat interesting to
see the evolution of the story (for example, "Strider" was originally conceived as
a Hobbit (one of tho ...more
More in-depth analysis of the story of how The Lord of the Rings was written. We start at Helm's Deep, and follow through the end of Book III and Book IV (ie most of The Two Towers and then all of Book V (first half of The Return of the King). Tolkien's biggest problem was getting the chronology to work between four separated groups of protagonists so that they would eventually end up in the same place at the same time; placing the Paths of the Dead smoo ...more
Events covered are destruction of Isengard by Ents, confrontation with Saruman, assembly of Rohan, their ride to Minas Tirith and siege of this city and Sam and Frodo's journey to Mordor, including Cirith Ungol and Shelob. As I sa ...more
While I found it interesting, and in parts extremely interesting, I did not find it mesmerizing. While it is noteworthy to see J.R.R. Tolkien's genius at work, and I especially enjoyed his letters to his son ("A new character has come on the scene (I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, though I like him, bu ...more
I wrote about the experience of reading all 12 of these volumes here: http://soundscryer.com/2011/06/13/chr... (part 1) and here: http://soundscryer.com/20 ...more
I find each book contains gems of insight. I love learning when Tolkien knew what was going to happen and when he had to work it out.
Looking forward to Sauron defeated, then a re-read ofLOTR.
If you're at all interested in the writing process, check out this series of books.
Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan ...more