The End of the Third Age is comprised of the first section of the hardcover volume published as Sauron Defeated, the ninth volume of The History of Middle-earth. It completes Christopher Tolkien's account of the creation of The Lord of the Rings begun in the earlier volumes, The Return of the Shadow, The Treason of Isengard, and The War of the Ring.
The End of the Third Age begins 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Ungol, and giving a very different account of the Scouring of the Shire, this part ends with versions of the hitherto unpublished Epilogue, in which, years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the Grey Havens, Sam attempts to answer his children's questions.
The book is illustrated with changing conceptions of Kirith Ungol and Mount Doom, as well as previously unpublished drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow.
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 Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.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."Publishers Weekly
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this book, lovingly accounted to the uttermost detail by Tolkien's son Christopher, you get to see the amazing creative process JRR went through, and a pretty cool couple of different versions of the Scouring of the Shire (a favorite part of ROTK personally) that paints Frodo to be more heroic and instrumental in everything after the Ring is destroyed. I much enjoyed this book. Top rate.
This is a great way to end the History of the Lord of the Rings books! This book goes into a lot of detail about Mt. Doom, and the Scouring of the Shire and gives you a lot of information about it. The epilogue at the end is worth reading the whole series just to get to it, to finally see how Tolkien might have ended the book is amazing. I was very excited to see what happend to Sam after everyone had gone to the Gray Havens, and now I know! Every one should read this book, it is amazing!