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The New Shadow was an incomplete sequel (approximately 13 pages) to The Lord of the Rings that J.R.R. Tolkien quickly abandoned. It is set in the time of Eldarion, Aragorn's son, approximately 105 years after the Fall of the Dark Tower. In it is mentioned the Dark Tree, and two new characters: Saelon and Borlas.


The only published versions of the story make up the sixteenth chapter of Christopher Tolkien's The Peoples of Middle-earth, in Part Four. The following chapter is Tal-Elmar, another unfinished story of his father's.

In May of 1964, Tolkien commented on The New Shadow:

"I did begin a story placed about 100 years after the Downfall, but it proved both sinister and depressing. Since we are dealing with Men, it is inevitable that we should be concerned with the most regrettable feature of their nature: their quick satiety with good. So that the people of Gondor in times of peace, justice and prosperity, would become discontented and restless — while the dynasts descended from Aragorn would become just kings and governors — like Denethor or worse. I found that even so early there was an outcrop of revolutionary plots, about a centre of secret Satanistic religion; while Gondorian boys were playing at being Orcs and going around doing damage. I could have written a 'thriller' about the plot and its discovery and overthrow — but it would have been just that. Not worth doing."
―from The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter to Colin Bailey


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Nuwe Skaduwee
Albanian Hija e Re
Amharic ዘ ኒው ጥላ
Arabic الظل جديد
Armenian Նոր ստվերային
Azerbaijani Yeni kölgə
Belarusian Cyrillic Новы Цень
Bengali নতুন শ্যাডো
Bosnian Nove sjene
Bulgarian Cyrillic Новата сянка
Burmese အသစ်ရိပ်
Cambodian ស្រមោលថ្មី
Catalan La Nova Ombra
Cebuano Ang Bag-ong Anino
Chinese 新的影子
Cornish A Skeus Nowydh ?
Corsican Lu Novu Ignat
Croatian Nove sjene
Czech Nový stín
Danish Den Nye Skygge
Dutch De Nieuwe Schaduw
Esperanto La Nova Ombro
Filipino Ang Bagong anino
Finnish Uusi varjo
French La Nouvelle Ombre
German Der Neue Schatten
Greek Η Νέα Σκιά
Gujarati નવી છાયા
Haitian Creole Nouvo lonbwaj
Hausa Sabuwar inuwa
Hebrew הצל החדש
Hindi नई छाया
Hmong Tus duab ntxoov ntxoo tshiab
Hungarian Az új Árnyék
Icelandic Hin Nýja Skuggi
Indonesian Bayangan baru
Irish Gaelic An Scáth Nua
Italian La Nuova Ombra
Japanese 新しい影
Kannada ಹೊಸ ಛಾಯಾ
Kazakh Cyrillic Жаңа көлеңкелі
Korean 새로운 그림자
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Болумушту көлөкө
Latvian Jauna ēna
Lithuanian Naujas šešėlis
Luxembourgish Déi Nei Schied
Macedonian Cyrillic Новиот сенка
Malay Bayang-bayang baru
Malayalam ന്യൂ ഷാഡോ
Marathi नवी छाया
Mongolian Cyrillic Шинэ сүүдэр
Nepalese नयाँ छाया
Norwegian Den nye Skyggen
Pashto د نوي نومول
Persian جدید سایه
Polish Nowy Cień
Portuguese A Nova Sombra
Punjabi ਨ੍ਯੂ ਸ਼ੈਡੋ
Romanian Noua umbră
Russian Новая Тень
Scottish Gaelic Tha Sgàil Ùr
Serbian Нова сенка (Cyrillic) Nova senka (Latin)
Sindhi سنڌ جي نئين پاڇو
Sinhalese ඡායා නව ?
Slovak Nový tieň
Slovenian Nova senca
Somalian Hooskii Cusub
Spanish La Nueva Sombra
Swahili Kivuli Mpya
Swedish Den Nya Skuggan
Tajik Cyrillic Дар сояи нав
Tamil புதிய நிழல்
Telugu న్యూ షాడో
Turkish Yeni gölge
Turkmen Täze Kolege
Ukrainian Cyrillic Нова Тінь
Urdu نیا شیڈو
Welsh Y Cysgodol Newydd
Yiddish די ניו שאָטן
Yoruba Awọn Titun Ojiji
Yucatec Maya Le túumben bo'oyo'