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The War of the Ring: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Three (The History of The Lord of the Rings #3)

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The War of the Ring takes up the story of The Lord of the Rings with the Battle of Helm's Deep and the drowning of Isengard by the Ents, continues with the journey of Frodo, Sam and Gollum to the Pass of Cirith Ungol, describes the war in Gondor, and ends with the parley between Gandalf and the ambassador of the Dark Lord before the Black Gate of Mordor. Unforeseen develop ...more
Paperback, Reissue, 476 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by HarperCollins (first published August 23rd 1990)
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Anne Gazzolo
Sep 13, 2016 Anne Gazzolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anyone wishes to look over the shoulder of a sub-creator at work, read these fascinating volumes as Tolkien journeys with great labor to discover what really happened at the end of the Third Age of Middle-earth. There are blind alleys, great insights that are almost unchanged from the start to the final version, intriguing ideas that were found later to be untrue and discarded, and much more. A marvelous treasure trove for any Tolkien admirer!
I loved reading this book. Its beauty is in its contribution to both the "History of Middle-Earth" and "The History of the Lord of the Rings" by providing background depth to the "Lord of the Rings" that we all love. It represents the novel from the "Flotsam and Jetsam" chapter to the parley with the 'Mouth of Sauron' scene.

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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nov 12, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read
The War of the Ring: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Three (The History of Middle-earth, #8), J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
Oct 16, 2016 Alex rated it liked it
This remains one of the most interesting studies of creativity and work process I have ever encountered. Even this late in the narrative, Tolkien was still discovering important plot points he had not foreseen, such as the palantír or the character of Faramir. There are also several ideas presented that would later be discarded - a romance between Éowyn and Aragórn, Ents at the Black Gate - that are interesting to know (and to compare with the different iterations of the script of the Lord of th ...more
Neil Coulter

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

Oct 11, 2015 Elfscribe rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fic
This book is fascinating if you are a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings and are interested in detailed minutiae about how the story developed, and/or a writer interested in process. This is the 3rd of the series of 4 books in which Christopher Tolkien minutely dissects his father's various drafts for Lord of the Rings in what was clearly a labor of devotion. Christopher often grumbles about trying to decipher illegible manuscripts on which the first draft was often written quickly in pencil and ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Dru rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This will be my 12-volume write-up of the entire series "The History of Middle Earth".

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
Nicholas Whyte

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
Luka Novak
This book deals with Tolkien manuscripts and notes at later phase. At this point LOTR already achieved more or less definite form, what was left was fleshing out the details. And this book does just that, shows how events in TT and ROTK were developed into form we know.

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
A continuation of Christopher Tolkien's fascinating look into the writing process of The Lord of the Rings, this volume continues with the journey to Isengard to confront Saruman after the battle of Helm's Deep, and ends as the Captains of the West parley with Sauron's man before the Black Gates. The book, as is true with its predecessors in the series, gives a lot of good insight into the writing process which Tolkien used, and includes illustrations and an increasing number of outlines showing ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, nonfiction
I've never read any of the History of the Lord of the Rings. I've always wanted to, but would rather reread the Lord of the Rings! But I decided to read The War of the Ring.

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
Michael Davis
Dec 15, 2011 Michael Davis rated it really liked it
Maybe the best volume of the History of Middle-earth so far. Lots more background on how some of the original parts of The Two Towers and The Return of the King were first written, which is in some cases very differently than what made it into the final versions. Volume nine (which is volume 4 of the History of Lord of the Rings) is on it way.

I wrote about the experience of reading all 12 of these volumes here: (part 1) and here:
Martin Hernandez
Esta edición en particular forma parte de una colección de veintitantos volúmenes que publicaron aprovechando la popularidad de las películas, e incluyen todo lo que escribió TOLKIEN, incluyendo los apuntes y versiones descartadas de sus libros. Una colección exagerada, con muchos tomos de escaso interés para el lector "regular". Sólo para los muy clavados en desmenuzar todos los detalles del "Señor de los Anillos"
Rossrn Nunamaker
Apr 01, 2013 Rossrn Nunamaker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
As noted by others, this series is for Tolkien nerds only with the exception of academics or those wanting to understand Tolkien's writing process.

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.
Mar 29, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
Another in the fine series of books that examine the early drafts of Tolkien's writing. Yes, it's a bit heavy going at times, but there's really enjoyable material in here, as we see Tolkien making his way towards the final version of the story we know and love...

If you're at all interested in the writing process, check out this series of books.
Nov 15, 2012 Kana marked it as to-read
Shelves: tolkien
My goal for 2013 is to finish the Middle-Earth Universe of books. While doing so I will be following The Tolkien Professor Lectures.
Aug 28, 2015 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, nonfic
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Graham Lee
Mar 06, 2015 Graham Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: eldritch, books-on
I find the HoME books pretty useful in understanding the material at hand. Lots of Tolkien's drafts are more focused and faster paced than the finished matter although not internally consistent.
Nov 29, 2012 Tyler rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, fantasy
Similar to the two previous in the series, this is a lengthy but very interesting book. Wouldn't recommend it unless you are a hardcore Tolkien fan.
Jun 23, 2015 Andre rated it liked it
As with the other books, a look at the writing process and different versions to the story. I found it interesting to see the final version emerge but is only for hardcore fans.
Feb 06, 2011 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Return of the King was never my favorite Tolkien book. Reading about the making of it wasn't very interesting.
Pavan rated it it was ok
Sep 18, 2015
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

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Other Books in the Series

The History of The Lord of the Rings (4 books)
  • The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One (The History of Middle-Earth, #6)
  • The Treason of Isengard: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Two (The History of Middle-earth, #7)
  • The End of the Third Age: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Four (The History of Middle-earth, #9a)

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