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Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
ISBN-13: 9780395606490, ISBN-10: 0395606497
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date Published: October 1992
Edition: None

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Author Biography: J. R. R. Tolkien

It seems an unlikely formula for success: an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon, and a book that begins with a little man who lives in a hole in the ground. But The Hobbit, followed by The Lord of the Rings, created the modern genre of heroic fantasy and made J.R.R. Tolkien one of the most widely-read authors in the world.

Book Synopsis

In the first part of Sauron Defeated, Christopher Tolkien completes his account of the writing of The Lord of the Rings, beginning with Sam's rescue of Frodo from the Tower of Kirith Ungol, and giving a very different account of the Scouring of the Shire. This part ends with versions of the previously unpublished Epilogue, an alternate ending to the masterpiece in which Sam attempts to answer his children's questions years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the Grey Havens. The second part introduces The Notion Club Papers, now published for the first time. Written by J.R.R. Tolkien in the interval between The Two Towers and The Return of the King (1945-1946), these mysterious Papers, discovered in the early years of the twenty-first century, report the discussions of a literary club in Oxford in the years 1986-1987. Those familiar with the Inklings will see a parallel with the group whose members included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. After a discussion of the possiblities of travel through space and time through the medium of 'true dream," the story turns to the legend of Atlantis, the strange communications received by members of the club out of remote past, and the violent irruption of the legend into northwestern Europe. Closely associated with the Papers is a new version of the Numenorean legend, The Drowning of Anadune, which constitutes the third part of the book. At this time the language of the Men of the West, Adunaic, was first devised - Tolkien's fifteenth invented language. The book concludes with an elaborate account of the structure of this language by Arundel Lowdham, a member of the Notion Club, who learned it in his dreams. Sauron Defeated is illustrated with the changing conceptions of the fortress of Kirith Ungol and Mount Doom, previously unpublished drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow, and fragments of manuscript written in Numenorean script.


Christopher Tolkien continues to present his father's previously unpublished work. In part one, Sauron Defeated, the account of the writing of The Lord of the Rings is completed and ends with a new Epilogue. Part two contains papers written between 1945-1946 reporting the discussions of a literary club in Oxford from 1986- 1987. The third part is a new version of the Numenorean legend, The Drowning of Anadune. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents

Pt. 1The End of the Third Age
IThe Story of Frodo and Sam in Mordor3
IIThe Tower of Kirith Ungol18
IIIThe Land of Shadow31
IVMount Doom37
VThe Field of Kormallen44
VIThe Steward and the King54
VIIMany Partings61
VIIIHomeward Bound75
IXThe Scouring of the Shire79
XThe Grey Havens108
XIThe Epilogue114
Appendix: Drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow136
Pt. 2The Notion Club Papers
Foreword and List of Members155
The Notion Club Papers Part One161
The Notion Club Papers Part Two222
Major Divergences in Earlier Versions of Part Two
iThe earlier versions of Night 66299
iiThe original version of Lowdham's 'Fragments'309
iiiThe earlier versions of Lowdham's 'Fragments' in Adunaic311
ivEarlier versions of Edwin Lowdham's Old English text313
vThe page preserved from Edwin Lowdham's manuscript written in Numenorean script318
Pt. 3The Drowning of Anadune
iThe third version of The Fall of Numenor331
iiThe original text of The Drowning of Anadune340
iiiThe second text of The Drowning of Anadune357
ivThe final form of The Drowning of Anadune387
vThe theory of the work397
viLowdham's Report on the Adunaic Language413




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