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HoME VIII - The War of the Ring


Quatrième de couverture

THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH
Volume 8
CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN

The War of the Ring takes up the story of The Lord of the Rings with the Battle of Helm's Deep and the drowning of Isengard by the Ents, continues with the journey of Frodo, Sam and Gollum to the Pass of Cirith Ungol, describes the war in Gondor, and ends with the parley between Gandalf and the ambassador of the Dark Lord before the Black Gate of Mordor. Unforeseen developments that would become centrao to the narrative are seen at the moment of their emergence: the palantír bursting into fragments on the stairs of Orthanc, its nature as unknown to the author as to those who saw it fall, or the entry of Faramir into the story ('I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, though I like him, but there he came walking through the woods of Ithilien').

The book is illustrated with plans and drawings of the changing conceptions of Orthanc, Dunharrow, Minas Tirith and the tunnels of Shelob's Lair.


Table des matières
  Foreword

ix
 
PART ONE
THE FALL OF SARUMAN
I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.
THE DESTRUCTION OF ISENGARD (Chronology)
HELM'S DEEP
THE ROAD TO ISENGARD
FLOSTSAM AND JETSAM
THE VOICE OF SARUMAN
THE PALANTÍR

3
8
25
47
61
68
 
PART TWO
THE RING GOES EAST
I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.
VII.
VIII.
THE TAMING OF SMÉAGOL
THE PASSAGE OF THE MARSHES
THE BLACK GATE IS CLOSED
OF HERBS AND STEWED RABBIT
FARAMIR
THE FORBIDDEN POOL
JOURNEY TO THE CROSS-ROADS
KIRITH UNGOL

85
104
121
131
144
171
175
183
 
PART THREE
MINAS TIRITH
I. ADDENDUM TO 'THE TREASON OF ISENGARD'
BOOK FIVE BEGUN AND ABANDONNED
     (i) Minas Tirith
     (ii) The Muster of Rohan
     (iii) Sketches for Book Five
MINAS TIRITH
MANY ROADS LEAD EASTWARD (1)
MANY ROADS LEAD EASTWARD (2)
THE SIEGE OF GONDOR
THE RIDE OF THE ROHIRRIM
THE STORY FORESEEN FROM FORANNEST
THE BATTLE OF THE PELENNOR FIELDS
THE PYRE OF DENETHOR
THE HOUSES OF HEALING
THE LAST DEBATE
THE BLACK GATE OPENS
THE SECOND MAP

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231
235
252
274
296
312
323
343
359
365
374
384
397
430
433
Index
440



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