Sauron Defeated: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Four (The History of Middle-Earth #9)
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I often find the final installment of a series to be alternately satisfying and mundane. Satisfying, because it's the conclusion of so much that I've invested in. Mundane, because by that point the only things that can happen are the things that absolutely must happen before the story ends. Sauron Defeated (Part Four of The History of the Lord of the Rings within Volume IX of The History Of Middle-Earth) is like that. I'm still interested to see Tolkien's process as he figures out how to bring T...more
It does have a a somewhat clearer explantion fo the cosmography or cosmology of Middle Earth than is explained in The Silmarillion so that's something.
"Sauron Defeated" turns out to ...more
Saruon Defeated is the ninth book within the extensive published works on the history of Middle-Earth, which is compiled by Christopher Tolkien and explored at length JRR Tolkien’s masterful creation. The epic scope of the mythology that he created, those memorable events that we shall never forget and how he crafted his work within our own historical timeline never fa ...more
The end of the story of the writing of The Lord of the Rings, including Tolkien's attempts to plot out the very end of the story - Gollum always had a role in the destruction of the Ring, but exactly what that was took some time to work out; but Saruman only gradually emerged as the villain in The Scouring of the Shire, and a postscript of Sam and Rose and their children twenty years on was dropped on the advice of Tolkien's beta readers (I wonder if wheth ...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
I had started The Return of the Shadow, but switched to Sauron Defeated and finally finished it this weekend.
These books are for either super fans of Tolkien or those who want insight into Tolkien's writing process.
Reading these I wonder if it will even be possible to explore the writing process given digital 'overwriting' of text. There really aren't any side notes or comments ...more
The Notion Club Papers seem to be Tolkien trying to work some ideas out on paper, but not much actually happens. It's in the style of storytelling where people sit around and talk about things that have happened, without actually doing anything, which for me gets to be te ...more
Tried to read the Notion Papers for class, but could not find my way into them at all, at all. (Although I very much enjoyed the other time-travel novel attempt by Tolkien, The Lost Road).
I wrote about the experience of reading all 12 of those volumes here: http://soundscryer.com/2011/06/13/chr... (part 1) and here: http://soundscryer.com/2011/12/02/chr... (part 2). Much more detail about the series in those two pieces.
Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan ...more