The History of The Lord of the Rings: Many Partings

Unlike the previous two chapters so alike from first draft to final, this one has many changes. Gandalf makes special note of Frodo and Sam at the feast following Theoden’s funeral. The wizard does not want anyone to forget them … Continue reading

The History of The Lord of the Rings: The Steward and the King

Christopher Tolkien again notes this chapter came almost fully formed from the first. But there were also significant differences as well. Faramir surrenders the Stewardship, which in the final version Aragorn refuses to allow him to do. In the first … Continue reading

The History of The Lord of the Rings: The Field of Cormallen

Christopher Tolkien notes from the beginning this chapter already achieved its final form in almost all aspects. The few differences included the length of time Frodo and Sam were in their induced coma after rescue from the brink of death. … Continue reading