This article is about the the third part of The History of The Lord of the Rings. For the war itself, see War of the Ring.
The War of the Ring is the eighth volume of The History of Middle-earth, edited and compiled by Christopher Tolkien, and is also Part Three of The History of The Lord of the Rings. The publication was released in 1990.

It covers in the earliest form J.R.R. Tolkien's stories of The Lord of the Rings through the Battle of the Hornburg, the sack of Isengard, Frodo and Sam's journey through the pass of Cirith Ungol, the War of the Ring in Gondor, and Gandalf's encounter with the Mouth of Sauron at the Black Gate.

The inscription of this volume reads: "In the War of the Ring is traced the story of the history at Helm's Deep and the drowning of Isengard by the Ents, then is told of the journey of Frodo with Samwise and Gollum to the Morannon, of the meeting with Faramir and the stairs of Cirith Ungol, of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields and of the coming of Aragorn in the fleet of Umbar."

Table of Contents Edit

  • Foreword
  • "Part One: The Fall of Saruman"
    • I "The Destruction of Isengard"
    • II "Helm's Deep"
    • III "The Road to Isengard"
    • IV "Flotsam and Jetsam"
    • V "The Voice of Saruman"
    • VI "The Palantír"
  • "Part Two: The Ring Goes East"
    • I "The Taming of Sméagol"
    • II "The Passage of the Marshes"
    • III "The Black Gate is Closed"
    • IV "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit"
    • V "Faramir"
    • VI "The Forbidden Pool"
    • VII "Journey to the Cross-roads"
    • VIII "Kirith Ungol"
  • "Part Three: Minas Tirith"
    • I "Addendum to 'The Treason of Isengard'"
    • II "Book Five Begun and Abandoned"
    • III "Minas Tirith"
    • IV "Many Roads Lead Eastward (1)"
    • V "Many Roads lead Eastward (2)"
    • VI "The Siege of Gondor"
    • VII "The Ride of the Rohirrim"
    • VIII "The Story Foreseen from Forannest"
    • IX "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
    • X "The Pyre of Denethor"
    • XI "The Houses of Healing"
    • XII "The Last Debate"
    • XIII "The Black Gate Opens"
    • XIV "The Second Map"

The History of Middle-earth Series (1983 - 2002)

The Book of Lost Tales Part One | The Book of Lost Tales Part Two | The Lays of Beleriand | The Shaping of Middle-earth | The Lost Road and Other Writings | The Return of the Shadow | The Treason of Isengard | The War of the Ring | Sauron Defeated | Morgoth's Ring | The War of the Jewels | The Peoples of Middle-earth | The History of Middle-earth: Index