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The Return of the Shadow - J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
The Return of the Shadow
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"The Return of the Shadow" is the first part of the history of the creation of "The Lord of the Rings", a fascinating study of Tolkien's great masterpiece, from its inception to the end of the first volume, "The Fellowship of the Ring". In "The Return of the Shadow" (the abandoned title of the... show more
"The Return of the Shadow" is the first part of the history of the creation of "The Lord of the Rings", a fascinating study of Tolkien's great masterpiece, from its inception to the end of the first volume, "The Fellowship of the Ring".

In "The Return of the Shadow" (the abandoned title of the first volume of The Lord of the Rings) we see how Bilbo's 'magic' ring evolved into the supremely dangerous Ruling Ring of the Dark Lord; and the precise, and astonishingly unforeseen, moment when a Black Rider first rode into the Shire. The character of the hobbit called Trotter (afterwards Strider or Aragorn) is developed, though his true identity seems to be an insoluble problem. Frodo's companions undergo many changes of name and personality; and other major figures appear in unfamiliar guises: a sinister Treebeard, in league with the Enemy, and a ferocious, malevolent Farmer Maggot.

The book comes complete with reproductions of the first maps and facsimile pages from the earlier manuscripts.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780618083572 (061808357X)
ASIN: 061808357X
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Pages no: 497
Edition language: English
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5.0 The Return of the Shadow
A fascinating look at a master sub-creator, as he discovers what really happened in the tale he recounts. There are parts where he is thinking out loud as it were, feeling his way through the story and trying to sort it all out. So much is different while other things are the same almost from the fi...
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