J. R. R. Tolkien - The Return of the Shadow: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part One

1 ratings (1 Epinions review)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Tolkien in the bizarro world.

Jun 20, 2000
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:LOTR...in an alternate universe.

Cons:You'll never look at Treebeard the same way again.

It's hard to read a book like this.

There's always been a road of pain, intertwined with irresistible curiosity, when I see something like this. A way to look "behind the scenes" and see what could have happened instead of what did happen. I would watch a documentary on Terminator 2 and see the scenes that didn't make it past the cutting room floor, and read a list of "wacky facts" about He-Man and learn that the movie Cyborg was intended to be a sequel to the He-Man movie. That in itself is both the reason and the catch. There were so many levels of emotions involved. A feeling of being cheated when I'd see something great that didn't make it to the final product. A feeling of relief when I'd hear that a certain thing was supposed to be something else entirely (Duke was originally supposed to be killed off in the GI Joe movie [which, oddly enough, was Hasbro's impetus for killing off Optimus Prime in the Transformers movie]). And then there was the oddest realization that I wouldn't feel that way if it had actually happened, and what actually did happen would seem weird to me.


The Return of the Shadow : The History of the Lord of the Rings is a book like that.

Ostensibly a study of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, from the first glimmer in the eye of Tolkien to the finished version of The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Return Of The Shadow is an odd mix between a review of the original telling of JRR Tolkien's The Fellowship Of The Ring with a comprehensive telling of how the story was developed, mixed again with several versions of the book, that Tolkien wrote and discarded, with handy notes following each chapter (Tolkien's tendency to be longwinded finally paid off).

Those rejected versions are the real reason to own the book. I'll try to be as vague as possible, since it would take away from the pure shock one finds in a book like this, and that really is what's most needed to get the full effect of the book. I'll let out the one thing I just can't hold from the review: Aragorn...as a hobbit.

Either that instantly ruined the LOTR saga for you, or you now can't bear not having the book. Let that be the deciding factor on whether or not The Return Of The Shadow is for you.



Recommend this product? Yes

Read all comments (1)

Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

J.R.R.Tolkien

J.R.R.Tolkien

J.R.R.Tolkien
Sears
J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

For generations, J.R.R. Tolkien's words have brought to thrilling life a world of hobbits, magic, and historic myth, woken from its foggy slumber with...
Walmart.com

$15.09

+$4.97 shipping
J.R.R. Tolkien 192 Success Facts - Everything you need to know about J.R.R. Tolkien eBook

J.R.R. Tolkien 192 Success Facts - Everything you need to know about J.R.R. Tolkien eBook

Buy J.R.R. Tolkien 192 Success Facts - Everything you need to know about J.R.R. Tolkien by Lori Lancaster and Read this Book on Kobo's Free Apps. Dis...
Kobo eBooks

$20.79

FREE Shipping
J.r.r. Tolkien - Master Of The Rings Dvd - Sealed/new

J.r.r. Tolkien - Master Of The Rings Dvd - Sealed/new

This insightful documentary takes a look at the story behind J.R.R. Tolkien's classic, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and why it's an icon of 20th Century Cult...
eBay

$5.99

+$3.00 shipping
J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend
Sears
Art Print: J.R.R. Tolkien Wall Art

Art Print: J.R.R. Tolkien Wall Art

Title: Wander; Product Type: Art Print; Artist: Lauren Gibbons
AllPosters.com

$16.99

+$4.99 shipping
J.R.R. Tolkien eBook

J.R.R. Tolkien eBook

Buy J.R.R. Tolkien by Tom Shippey and Read this Book on Kobo's Free Apps. Discover Kobo's Vast Collection of Ebooks Today - Over 3 Million Titles, In...
Kobo eBooks

$10.39

FREE Shipping
J.r.r. Tolkien: Master Of The Rings (dvd, 2004) Never Opened

J.r.r. Tolkien: Master Of The Rings (dvd, 2004) Never Opened

This insightful documentary takes a look at the story behind J.R.R. Tolkien's classic, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and why it's an icon of 20th Century Cult...
eBay

$10.99

+$2.98 shipping
J.R.R.Tolkien: Author of the Century

J.R.R.Tolkien: Author of the Century

J.R.R.Tolkien: Author of the Century
Sears
J.R.R. Tolkien eBook

J.R.R. Tolkien eBook

Buy J.R.R. Tolkien by Wheeler, Jill C. and Read this Book on Kobo's Free Apps. Discover Kobo's Vast Collection of Ebooks Today - Over 3 Million Title...
Kobo eBooks

$20.59

FREE Shipping