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The History of the Lord of the Rings (The History of Middle-Earth #6-9)

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS, now firmly acknowledged as one of the most popular books of the twentieth century, has captivated generations of readers with its completely convincing fantasy. In The History of The Lord of the Rings, the author’s son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien, examines the creation of that epic from its inception to its finished form. ...more
Paperback, FOUR-BOOK SET IN A SLIPCASE BOX, 1680 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Mariner Books
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Wildstar
Jan 15, 2009 Wildstar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Not an easy reading. Basically for hardcore fans. But once one has completed the Silmarillion, enjoyed it and wants more, the history is a fabulous adventure inside the creation of the Tolkien universe.

Also a great act of love by a son for the work of his father.
Michael
Mar 17, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
In the second volume of the History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien explores the first initial drafts of the Lord of the Rings and its subsequent plot developments.

This was fascinating reading, for example to discover that it was Bingo, not Frodo, the initial ring-bearer as well as other sometimes major name changes or plots which got chopped out during editing. Where the first volume concerned the First Age and The Silmarillion stories - and, truth be told, was quite heavy reading sometim
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Jun 06, 2014 Arya *Bibliomaniac!* Fraser Stark rated it it was amazing
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"Lord of the Rings" and "History" in one title??
'Nuff said!!
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Follow along as the tale grows from a simple sequel to The Hobbit into the complex saga we know and love. It can be a bit tedious reading through the various rough drafts but you get to see the author at work. Many interesting tidbits like Strider/Aragorn was originally a Hobbit with wooden shoes!
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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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