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Record Number: 21560
   
The Return of the Shadow. 1988 The Return of the Shadow
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Edited by Christopher Tolkien.
First Edition 1988.
Unwin Hyman.
London.
ISBN 0044401620.
Hardback in dust jacket.
Jacket design by Marilyn Carvell.
xii, 500 pages.
Price: £17.95.

Notes
The Return of the Shadow, a collection of writings by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited with foreword, commentary and index by Christopher Tolkien.

Volume 6 of the The History of Middle-earth series and Part 1 of The History of The Lord of the Rings.

Published on 25 August 1988.

Manuscript pages by J.R.R. Tolkien appear as a frontispiece and on pages 257, 259, 335, 383, 439 and 447.

Details of all British editions of The Return of the Shadow can be found at TolkienBooks.net.

Blurb – Dust Jacket Flap
In this sixth volume of The History of Middle-earth the story reaches The Lord of the Rings. In The Return of the Shadow (an abandoned title for the first volume) Christopher Tolkien describes, with full citation of the earliest notes, outline plans, and narrative drafts, the intricate evolution of The Fellowship of the Ring and the gradual emergence of the conception that transformed what J.R.R. Tolkien for long believed would be a far shorter book, ‘a sequel to The Hobbit’. The enlargement of Bilbo’s ‘magic ring’ into the supremely potent and dangerous Ruling ring of the Dark Lord is traced, and the precise moment is seen when, in an astonishing and unforeseen leap in the earliest narrative, a Black Rider first rode into the Shire, his significance still unknown. The character of the hobbit called Trotter (afterwards Strider or Aragorn) is developed while his identity remains an insoluble puzzle, and the suspicion only very slowly becomes certainty that he must after all be a Man. The hobbits, Frodo’s companions, undergo intricate permutations of name and personality, and other major figures appear in strange modes: a sinister Treebeard, in league with the Enemy, a ferocious and malevolent Farmer Maggot.

The story in this book ends at the point where J.R.R. Tolkien halted in the story for a long time, as the Company of the Ring, still lacking Legolas and Gimli, stood before the tomb of Balin in the Mines of Moria. The Return of the Shadow is illustrated with reproductions of the first maps and notable pages from the earliest manuscripts.

 
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