Sauron Defeated

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Paperback, 1993



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HarperCollins (1993), Paperback


The final part of The History of The Lord of the Rings, an enthralling account of the writing of the Book of the Century which contains many additional scenes and includes the unpublished Epilogue in its entirety. In the first section of Sauron Defeated Christopher Tolkien completes his fascinating study of The Lord of the Rings. Beginning with Sam's rescue of Frodo from the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and giving a very different account of the Scouring of the Shire, this section ends with versions of the hitherto unpublished Epilogue, in which, years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the Grey Havens, Sam attempts to answer his children's questions.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 second section is an edition of The Notion Club Papers. These mysterious papers, discovered in the early years of the twenty-first century, report the discussions of an Oxford club in the years 1986-7, in which after a number of topics, the centre of interest turns to the legend of Atlantis, the strange communications recevied by other members of the club from the past, and the violent irruption of the legend into the North-west of Europe. This series of fascinating books has now been repackaged to complement the distinctive and classic style of the 'black cover' A-format paperbacks of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.… (more)

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LibraryThing member sonofcarc
Want to know why Rosie told Sam she had been expecting him since the Spring? The answer is here, in the Epilogue, which was not published in RotK because Tolkien's friends all yelled at him until he agreed to drop it.


Because on March 25, she sensed the fall of Sauron as it happened!
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At the same time that the people of Minas Tirith "sang for the joy that welled up in their hearts from what source they could not tell."

That should convince you, if you are the right kind of Tolkienist, that you have to have this book.
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LibraryThing member akswede
Didn't read the whole thing in detail, but this volume is worth it for the Notion Club Papers alone. A linguistic problem solving novella? Sign me up!
LibraryThing member starcat
9th volume in Christopher's books on the History of the Writing of Middle Earth. This being the last of the 4 that are about The Lord of the Rings. The material within combines the notes on book 6 of LotR, from the Tower of Cirith Ungol to an appendice Tolkien wrote of a conversation between Sam
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and a 15yr old Elanor, concerning the fates of the other members of the Fellowship. Added to this are the Notion Club papers, a fanciful deviation of Tolkien's that imagined members of Oxford discussing visions of the fall of Numenor and the Adunaic language. The last third concerns itself with what there can be known of the Adunaic language, especially considering that Tolkien abruptly stopped work on it when he got back to Sam and Frodo in Mordor. Worth the read, if you've read the others. There can be found some interesting Anglo-Saxon style storytelling which I found intense and poetic, near the end of the Notion Club section. And I did enjoy reading the Scouring of the Shire where Frodo is the champion, even though it totally doesn't fit the actual book.
3 stars oc
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LibraryThing member Lindoula
Didn't read the whole thing in detail, but this volume is worth it for the Notion Club Papers alone. A linguistic problem solving novella? Sign me up!


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482 p.; 7.72 inches


0261103059 / 9780261103054
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