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The war of the ring : the history of the Lord of the rings, part three
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
First Houghton Mifflin paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

Physical Description:
xi, 476 pages : illustrations, maps, facsimiles ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Pt. 1. The fall of Saruman. The destruction of Isengard (chronology). Helm's deep. The road to Isengard. Flotsam and Jetsam. The voice of Saruman. The palantír -- pt. 2. The ring goes east. The taming of Sméagol. The passage of the marshes. The Black Gate is closed. Of herbs and stewed rabbit. Faramir. The forbidden pool. Journey to the cross-roads. Kirith Ungol -- pt. 3. Minas Tirith. Addendum to 'The treason of Isengard.' Book five begun and abandoned: Minas Tirith ; The Muster of Rohan ; Sketches for Book five. Minas Tirith. Many roads lead eastward (1-2). The siege of Gondor. The ride of the Rohirrim. The story foreseen from forannest. The battle of the Pelennor Fields. The pyre of Denethor. The houses of healing. The last debate. The Black Gate opens. The second map.
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In The War of the Ring Christopher Tolkien takes up the story of the writing of The Lord of the Rings with the Battle of Helm's Deep and the drowning of Isengard by the Ents. This is followed by an account of how Frodo, Sam and Gollum were finally brought to the Pass of Kirith Ungol, at which point J.R.R. Tolkien wrote at the time: 'I have got the hero into such a fix that not even an author will be able to extricate him without labour and difficulty'. Then comes the war in Gondor, and the book ends with the parley between Gandalf and the ambassador of the Dark Lord before the Black Gate of Mordor. In describing his intentions for The Return of the King J.R.R. Tolkien said that 'It will probably work out very differently from this plan when it really gets written, as the thing seems to write itself once it gets going'; and in The War of the Ring totally unforeseen developmenst that would become central to the narrative are seen at the moment of their emergence: the palantir bursting into fragments on the stairs of Orthanc, its nature as unknown to the author as to those who saw it fall, or the entry of Faramir into the story ('I am sure I did not invent him, though I like him, but there he came walking into the woods of Ithilien').

The book is illustrated with plans and drawings of the changing conceptions of Orthanc, Dunharrow, Minas Tirith and the tunnels of Shelob's Lair.

Author Notes

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits.

Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle.

Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher.

In 2013, his title, The\Hobbit (Movie Tie-In) made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography) J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings", & "The Silmarillion", was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University.

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