The first 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an enthralling account of the writing of the Book of the Century which contains many additional scenes and includes the unpublished Epilogue in its entirety. The Return of the Shadow is the story of 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 in to the Shire. The character of the hobbit called Trotter (afterwards Strider or Aragorn) is developed, and Frodo's companions undergo many changes of name and personality. The book comes complete with reproductions of the first maps and facsimile pages from the earliest manuscripts. 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.
There is even the point in his writing where he seems to realize that he needs to write something darker. It's while he's describing four hobbits trekking through the Shire and a cloaked figure comes up to them. It's Gandalf and merriment ensues. Then four hobbits are trekking through the Shire and a cloaked figure comes up to them. It's Gandalf, but they are scared before he reveals himself. Then four hobbits are walking through the Shire and a cloaked figure comes up behind them. It starts to sniff at them and they are frightened by its presence.
The book includes the original writings, then Christopher Tolkien's commentary and history of the writings, and it is fascinating to see how the names and countries and themes evolved. A must-read for any Tolkien geek.