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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 This part ends with versions of the previously unpublished Epilogue, an alternate ending to the masterpiece in which Sam attempts to answer his children's questions years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the Grey Havens. The second part introduces The...
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 This part ends with versions of the previously unpublished Epilogue, an alternate ending to the masterpiece in which Sam attempts to answer his children's questions years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the Grey Havens. The second part introduces The Notion Club Papers, now published for the first time. Written by J.R.R. Tolkien in the interval between The Two Towers and The Return of the King (1945-1946), these mysterious Papers, discovered in the early years of the twenty-first century, report the discussions of a literary club in Oxford in the years 1986-1987. Those familiar with the Inklings will see a parallel with the group whose members included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. After a discussion of the possiblities of travel through space and time through the medium of 'true dream," the story turns to the legend of Atlantis, the strange communications received by members of the club out of remote past, and the violent irruption of the legend into northwestern Europe. Closely associated with the Papers is a new version of the Numenorean legend, The Drowning of Anadune, which constitutes the third part of the book. At this time the language of the Men of the West, Adunaic, was first devised - Tolkien's fifteenth invented language. The book concludes with an elaborate account of the structure of this language by Arundel Lowdham, a member of the Notion Club, who learned it in his dreams. Sauron Defeated is illustrated with the changing conceptions of the fortress of Kirith Ungol and Mount Doom, previously unpublished drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow, and fragments of manuscript written in Numenorean script.
This ninth volume in the history of Middle-earth brings to a conclusion the four books dealing The Lord of the Rings. Includes a never before published alternate ending to the masterpiece, Tolkien's long-lost time travel story, a description of the fall of Numenor, and the debut of Adunaic--Tolkien's 15th invented language. Illustrated with plans and drawings.
|Pt. 1||The End of the Third Age|
|I||The Story of Frodo and Sam in Mordor||3|
|II||The Tower of Kirith Ungol||18|
|III||The Land of Shadow||31|
|V||The Field of Kormallen||44|
|VI||The Steward and the King||54|
|IX||The Scouring of the Shire||79|
|X||The Grey Havens||108|
|Appendix: Drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow||136|
|Pt. 2||The Notion Club Papers|
|Foreword and List of Members||155|
|The Notion Club Papers Part One||161|
|The Notion Club Papers Part Two||222|
|Major Divergences in Earlier Versions of Part Two|
|i||The earlier versions of Night 66||299|
|ii||The original version of Lowdham's 'Fragments'||309|
|iii||The earlier versions of Lowdham's 'Fragments' in Adunaic||311|
|iv||Earlier versions of Edwin Lowdham's Old English text||313|
|v||The page preserved from Edwin Lowdham's manuscript written in Numenorean script||318|
|Pt. 3||The Drowning of Anadune|
|i||The third version of The Fall of Numenor||331|
|ii||The original text of The Drowning of Anadune||340|
|iii||The second text of The Drowning of Anadune||357|
|iv||The final form of The Drowning of Anadune||387|
|v||The theory of the work||397|
|vi||Lowdham's Report on the Adunaic Language||413|
Posted June 26, 2003
This book is great, although it may seem awkward to many of you. If youlike the narrative style of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, you may or may not enjoy this book. However, it does givve a lot of insight into how Tolkien created his story. The alternate endings given in the book are also enjoyable. This book is a great buyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.