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 conceptions 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 Return of the Shadow 2000, Mariner Books, Boston, MA

ISBN-13: 9780618083572

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The Return of the Shadow 1994, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780261102248

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