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The History of The Lord of the Rings is a four-volume work by Christopher Tolkien that documents the process of J. R. R. Tolkien's writing of The Lord of the Rings. The History is numbered as volumes 6 to 9 of The History of Middle-earth. Some information concerning the appendices and a soon-abandoned sequel to the novel can also be found in volume 12, The Peoples of Middle-earth.

VolumesEdit

  1. (THOME VI) The Return of the Shadow (1988) begins with the initial composition, and goes through to the episode in the Mines of Moria.
  2. (THOME VII) The Treason of Isengard (1989) continues to the meeting with Théoden king of Rohan.
  3. (THOME VIII) The War of the Ring (1990) continues to the opening of the Black Gate.
  4. (THOME IX) Sauron Defeated (1992) finishes the story, which only takes about 1/3 of the volume. The remainder consists of The Notion Club Papers, and another draft of the Drowning of Anadune.

In general, the books are organized as chapters corresponding to the chapters in the final LotR, with additional chapters describing the "First Map", the "Second Map", and other matters. Each chapter begins with some context, then the text of a first or second draft, possibly some alternate drafts if there were especially large changes, and interspersed with extended discussion of confusing or contradictory situations. The end of each chapter includes a set of notes about points of interest, such as words that were used originally and then partially erased or struck out.

While much of the plot of early drafts is familiar, the characters are often quite different. For instance, Aragorn in his "Strider" guise is called "Trotter" instead - and he's a hobbit instead of a man - and he has wooden feet - because he had once been to Mordor and been tortured there. The hobbits travel east initially because that was the part of the world that had been mapped out, because of The Hobbit, and that the areas to the south were literally being mapped out only a few miles ahead of the fellowship.

Of particular interest to fans is the dropped Epilogue to The Lord of the Rings, in which a middle-aged Samwise Gamgee is reading the story to his children.


Three of the titles of the volumes of The History of The Lord of the Rings were also also used as book titles for the 7-volume edition of The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the Shadow for Book I, The Treason of Isengard for Book III and The War of the Ring for Book V.

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die geskiedenis van die Here van die Rings
Amharic የቀኝቶቹ ጌታ ታሪክ
Albanian Historia e Zotit të unazave
Arabic تاريخ سيد الخواتم
Armenian Մատանիների տիրակալը պատմությունը
Azerbaijani Üzüklərin Rəbbinin tarixi
Basque Eraztunen Jauna historia
Belarusian Cyrillic Гісторыя Уладара Кольцаў
Bengali রিং লর্ড এর ইতিহাস
Bosnian Istorija Gospodara Prstenova
Bulgarian Cyrillic Историята на Властелинът на пръстените
Cambodian ប្រវត្តិសាស្រ្តនៃព្រះអម្ចាស់នៃចិញ្ចៀនអាពាហ៍ពិពាហ៍នេះ
Catalan La història del Senyor dels Anells
Chinese 指环王的历史
Croatian Povijest Gospodara prstenova
Czech Historie Pána prstenů
Danish Ringenes Herres historie
Dutch De geschiedenis van In de ban van de Ring
Esperanto La Historio de La Sinjoro de la Ringoj
Estonian Sõrmuste Isanda ajalugu
Faroese Ringanna Harri sřga
Filipino Ang kasaysayan ng Ang Panginoon ng Singsing
Finnish Taru sormusten herrasta-historia
French L'histoire du seigneur des anneaux
Frisian De Skiednis fan Master fan alle Ringen
Galician A Historia de O Señor dos Aneis
Georgian ბეჭდების მბრძანებლის ისტორია
German Die Geschichte Mittelerdes
Greek Η Ιστορία του Κυρίου των Δαχτυλιδιών
Gujarati ધી રિંગ્સ ભગવાન ઓફ ઇતિહાસ
Hausa Ubangijin zobba tarihi
Hebrew ההיסטוריה של שר הטבעות
Hindi द लॉर्ड ऑफ द रिंग्स का इतिहास
Hungarian A Gyűrűk Ura históriája
Icelandic Hringadróttinssaga saga
Indonesian Raja Segala Cincin sejarah
Irish Gaelic Stair an Tiarna na bhFáinní
Italian La storia de Il Signore degli Anelli
Japanese 指輪物語歴史
Javanese Pangeran saka cincin sejarah
Kannada ದಿ ಲಾರ್ಡ್ ಆಫ್ ದಿ ರಿಂಗ್ಸ್ ಇತಿಹಾಸ
Kazakh Сақиналар әміршісі Тарих (Cyrillic) Saqïnalar ämirşisi Tarïx (Latin)
Korean 반지의 제왕 역사
Kurdish شای ئەنگوستیلەکان مێژوو (Central Kurdish) Begê Gustîlan dîrok (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Теңир шакеги тарых
Laotian ປະຫວັດສາດພຣະຜູ້ເປັນເຈົ້າຂອງແຫວນໄດ້
Latin De historia Dominus Anulorum
Latvian Gredzenu pavēlnieks vēsture
Lithuanian Žiedų Viešpaties istorija
Luxembourgish D 'Geschicht vu Den Här vun de Réng
Macedonian Cyrillic Историјата на Господарот на прстените
Malagasy Ny tantaran'ny Tompon'ireo Peratra
Malaysian Raja Segala Cincin sejarah
Maltese L-Istorja Il-Ħakkiem ta 'l-anelli
Marathi द लॉर्ड ऑफ द रिंग्जचा इतिहास
Mongolian Cyrillic Бөгжний эзэн түүх
Nepalese द लर्ड अफ द रिङ्ग्स इतिहास
Norwegian Ringenes Herre historie
Pashto د کړۍ_ګانې رب تاریخ
Persian تاریخ پروردگار حلقه ها
Polish Władca Pierścieni historia
Portuguese A história do senhor dos anéis
Punjabi ਰਿੰਗ ਦੇ ਮਾਲਕ ਦਾ ਇਤਿਹਾਸ
Norwegian Ringenes Herre Historie
Romanian Istoria Domnului Inelelor
Russian История Властелина колец
Scottish Gaelic Eachdraidh an Tha Tighearna nam Fàinnean
Serbian Историја Господара Прстенова (Cyrillic) Istorija Gospodara Prstenova (Latin)
Slovak História Pána prsteňov
Slovenian Zgodovina Gospodarja prstanov
Spanish La historia del señor de los anillos
Sundanese Gusti tina Cingcin sajarah
Swahili Historia ya Bwana wa pete
Swedish Sagan om Ringen historien
Tajik Cyrillic Парвардигори зиреҳҳои таърих
Tamil த லோட் ஒவ் த ரிங்ஸ்

வரலாறு

Telugu ది హిస్టరీ ఆఫ్ ది లార్డ్ ఆఫ్ ది రింగ్స్
Thai ประวัติศาสตร์ลอร์ดออฟเดอะริงส์
Turkish Yüzüklerin Efendisi Tarihi
Turkmen Ýüzükleriň Padşasy taryh
Ukrainian Cyrillic Історія Володаря перснів
Uzbek Узуклар Ҳукмдори тарих (Cyrillic) Uzuklar Hukmdori tarix (Latin)
Urdu حلقوں کے رب کی تاریخ
Vietnamese Lịch sử của Chúa tể những chiếc nhẫn
Welsh Hanes yr Arglwydd y Cylchoedd
Yiddish די געשיכטע פון די האר פון די רינגס
Yucatec Maya Le k'ajláayo' le máako' le anillos
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