Sauron Defeated: The End of the Third Age: The History of the Lord of the Rings, part four

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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 This part ends with versions of the previously unpublished Epilogue, an alternate ending to the masterpiece in which Sam attempts to answer his children's questions years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the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...

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Overview

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 This part ends with versions of the previously unpublished Epilogue, an alternate ending to the masterpiece in which Sam attempts to answer his children's questions years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the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.

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Christopher Tolkien continues to present his father's previously unpublished work. In part one, Sauron Defeated, the account of the writing of The Lord of the Rings is completed and ends with a new Epilogue. Part two contains papers written between 1945-1946 reporting the discussions of a literary club in Oxford from 1986- 1987. The third part is a new version of the Numenorean legend, The Drowning of Anadune. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395606490
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Series: History of Middle-Earth Series , #9
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 204,723
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.69 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion , Unfinished Tales , and The History of Middle-earth .

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit , The Lord of the Rings , and The Silmarillion . His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

Table of Contents

Foreword
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
IV Mount Doom 37
V The Field of Kormallen 44
VI The Steward and the King 54
VII Many Partings 61
VIII Homeward Bound 75
IX The Scouring of the Shire 79
X The Grey Havens 108
XI The Epilogue 114
Appendix: Drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow 136
Pt. 2 The Notion Club Papers
Introduction 145
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
Index 441
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  • Anonymous

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    A Great LotR filler

    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 buy

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