The Return of the Shadow

The Return of the Shadow

The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One

Book - 1988
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Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988.
Branch Call Number: FANTASY
Characteristics: x, 497 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tolkien, Christopher 1924-2020.
Series Volume: 6.
Notes: Includes index.

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Jan 08, 2019

Copied from "People of Middle Earth":
Honestly, I learned so much about writing and understanding the world around me by reading these books from Tolkien. Getting this break down of how the world of Middle Earth ran made things so interesting. As I started to get more and more into history, so much of his world building, and the wars going on between Sauron and the free people of Middle Earth, or the wars between the Elves and Morgoth, or (I could continue) were such clear parallels to what was happening in Tolkien's world.... and they are still such clear parallels to what is happening in today's world. We always talk about how Dystopian novels are a way of warning us about the path we're following, and how our future might turn out, but we forget that a lot of Fantasy novels are also reflections of people today, and how we need to get our acts together.

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