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. At the core of these books are many early drafts and unpublished passages by Tolkien, which add greatly to a thorough understanding of his masterpiece.
Combining his father’s unique vision with his own privileged insight and editorial commentary, Christopher Tolkien’s THE HISTORY OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS is a set of four volumes — including one unique to this collection — that no fan of THE LORD OF THE RINGS can afford to overlook.
About 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 Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.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.
Date of Birth:January 3, 1892
Date of Death:September 2, 1973
Place of Birth:Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
Place of Death:Oxford, England
Education:B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919
What People are Saying About This
“One marvels anew at the depth, breadth, and persistence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s labor. No one sympathetic to his aims, the invention of a secondary universe, will want to miss this chance to be present at the creation.”
"An opportunity to view the origins of one of the twentieth century's most popular and substantive works of fiction."Hartford Courant
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love tolkien, it is one of the greatest book series every written. It has been put into over 30 languages, so that's got to tell you something! I just got this series (The History of The Lord of The Rings) and it is great. Well written, and well edited. Chris Tolkien (J.R.R Tolkien's Son) Goes over the many versions of the lord of the rings, and gives them in full. You can read over the first version of Bilbo's 'Long-Expected Party' and every other story in the series. Or you can read letters from J.R.R. Tolkien to his publishers and friends. Chris tolkien also goes over how his father wrote the series, step by step. This is a must buy. However, if you do NOT WANT TO PAY $40 plus, go to you local Barnes and Noble to buy each book in this set seperatly. The books Are: 'The Return of The Shadow,' 'The Treason of Isengard,' 'The War of The Ring.' Also in this set is a small book 'Sauron Defeated: The End of the Third Age.' Each of these books are seperatly about $14. Or you can always buy the full set here, now!
This book gives you a look into the thought process of Tolkien in his writings. Good notes from Christopher Tolkien.