The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One
Christopher Tolkien, son of a famous father, has edited the rough drafts of The Lord of the Rings and presents (in every possible detail) the history of the ...more
This book (#6) covers part from beginning of LOTR to Mines of Moria, when Company discovers Balin's tomb, though there are glimpses of future events such as siege of Minas Tirith and destruction of the Ring.
Throughout the book you can see two processes working. One is evolution of ch ...more
Although I have always read "The Lord of the Rings" in English, I have read this ...more
"The Return of the Shadow" is so much fun. It contains descriptions of the way Tolkien fumbled his way along as he wrote LTRs. We get to see characters drawn differently, some with different names [So very, very many differnt names]. We see Tolkien discover the story tha ...more
“Make return of ring a motive." (41)
The Return of the Shadow, the first volume of Christopher Tolkien's History of the Lord of the Rings series, tells the story of the early development of The Lord of the Rings, taking the narrative from the beginning up to the Mines of Moria. I love how the little penciled note above shows just how uncertain the beginning of The Lord of the Rings was. The story might have gone anywhere, no matter how inevitable it now seems. This is what makes The Fellowship...more
I am listening to the audiobook at the same time, and it is fascinating comparing the final version to the story development.
Here you get all the different drafts that Tolkien wrote in chronological order of their development with commentary by Christopher ...more
Even for a Tolkien fanatic like me, the book does get a little dense in places (Middle-Earth geography, dates, some of the footnotes) but those sections are very easy to skip over if you start losing interest.
One interesting side note: the four titles that make up The History of The Lord of the Rings (Return of the Shadow, The Treason of Isengard, The War of the Ring and The End of the Third ...more
The real reason I'm writing this is to point out a coincidence. In a rejected genealogy reproduced in this volume, Bilbo has a first cousin named Vigo.* And as all the world knows, in Jackson's film trilogy there is an actor named Viggo. Not an unbelievable coincidence--Tolkien drew many othe ...more
This book is a book of manuscripts so if you are looking for someth ...more
Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lang ...more