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Return Of The Shadow

by Signum University

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Course Description

Starting in December 2016, Mythgard Academy will host a free 14-week seminar on the sixth volume of the History of Middle-earth (HoME) series, The Return of the Shadow.


In prior Academy seminars, we have explored the first five volumes in the HoME series, The Book of Lost Tales, Part IThe Book of Lost Tales, Part II, The Lays of BeleriandThe Shaping of Middle-earth, and The Lost Road. At the end of this next session, we will be halfway through the entire series that describes the history of the writing of J. R. R. Tolkien’s stories about Middle-earth.


First published in 1988, The Return of the Shadow begins the four-volume subset of the HoME series that is sometimes called The History of the Lord of the Rings, as it encompasses the development of that book. The title for The Return of the Shadow comes from an early potential title for Book 1 of the novel. As part of the HoME series, The Return of the Shadow looks at the earliest drafts and ideas of the story that eventually becomes The Lord of the Rings, tracing the journey of the ring from Hobbiton to Rivendell and down into Moria, ending at Balin’s tomb.


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