Sauron Defeated: The End of the Third Age: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Four (The History of Middle-earth #9)
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Sauron Defeated: The End of the Third Age: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Four (The History of Middle-Earth #9)

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In the first part of Sauron Defeated, Christopher Tolkien completes his account of the writing of The Lord of the Rings, beginning with Sam's rescue of Frodo from the Tower of Kirith Ungol, and giving a very different account of the Scouring of the Shire. This part ends with versions of the previously unpublished Epilogue, an alternate ending to the masterpiece in which Sa...more
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Published October 27th 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1992)
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Susan Ferguson
Dec 31, 2012 Susan Ferguson is currently reading it
This series of books is the evolution of the stories of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Which gave Tolkien great trouble. He would have things planned out, and a new character would come in and change the story....he said so himself in one of his letters. But the evolution is interesting. Poor Christopher, his son, had a time going through the papers and trying to read his father's handwriting from the early and later stages. JRR sometimes wrote on pieces of paper and wrote in pen on top o...more
Lucinda
Fascinating, detailed and astonishing; one is able to explore the history behind Tolkien’s creation and many significant events.

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
Dru
Jul 11, 2012 Dru rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This will be my 12-volume write-up of the entire series "The History of Middle Earth".
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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
Neil

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

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Rossrn Nunamaker
I had read The Book of Lost Tales, Part One and Part Two in the early 1990's, but hadn't read any of this series since.

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
Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1956859.html[return][return]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...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1956859...

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
Tommy Grooms
Another volume in the History of Middle-earth, and another invaluable look into Tolkien's creative process. Sauron Defeated is odd in that it includes a variety of sources, nothing odder than his convoluted Notion Club Papers. It's a bit of a slog to those not as obsessed with Tolkien's work, however. As with many of the books in this series, even someone as fascinated as me found bits tedious, in particular those about the Adunaic language. To paraphrase Tolkien, it is sad that that part of Tol...more
Ashwise
This was an interesting read as it compiled early drafts from Return of the King. Glad his son shared it as it was kinda neat seeing what earlier plot devices Tolkien was thinking of.
Sara
Read the manuscripts provided and annotated by Christopher Tolkien for the Scouring of the Shire through the Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings (Sam Gamgee at home with his family about a decade after Frodo left the Grey Havens). Love them - one of my favorite parts of the Lord of the Rings in deeper detail.

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).
Glen Hastings
Like any of the history of middle earth books this is not for the casual reader but rather the Tolkien fan who wants to dive into the creative process. Only three stars as the notion club papers is more of a slog than usual as it is significantly less connected to the legendarium then other portions. Two nice payoffs in the end where Christopher Tolkien delves into his fathers methods and approach in creating the Numenorien Legend and the aduanic language.
Jim
It only takes about 130 pages to finish up The Lord of the Rings. After that Tolkien makes another failed attempt at science fiction. Astral projection and time travel all mixed up with Middle Earth history. A main topic of this volume is Tolkien's invented languages. I'm not surprised to see that as the series of books progresses, fewer and fewer people post reviews. I've been tempted to drop out a few times, but there are only three more to go!
Michael Davis
As good as the others, so far. Wrapping the story up just as sad in rough draft as in final version.

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.
Antoine
Much more interesting than the other three historyu of the LR volumes, because it contains the workings of other unfinished work besides The Lord of the Rings.
Kana
Nov 15, 2012 Kana marked it as to-read
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My goal for 2013 is to finish the Middle-Earth Universe of books. While doing so I will be following The Tolkien Professor Lectures.
Ideal_insomnia
Notion Club Papers is truly awsome. Esp. the first part. Many things one wouldn't expect from Tolkien. It's, like, Tolkien's Doors of Conscience of a kind. Enjoyable reading.
Linda
Didn't read the whole thing in detail, but this volume is worth it for the Notion Club Papers alone. A linguistic problem solving novella? Sign me up!
Terence
This gets 4 stars solely because it contains the only extant grammatical essay Tolkien ever wrote about any of his invented languages.
Dave Maddock
Only read The Notion Club Papers section for a class at Mythgard Institute.
Martin Hernandez
Sólo para los muy clavados en desmenuzar todos los detalles del "Señor de los Anillos"
Pater Edmund
This has got the "Notion Club Papers", which are amazing.
Ryan
Very detailed and O enjoyed the insights that were given.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet,WWI veteran (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 .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a cl...more
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