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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|Tolkien]] quickly abandoned. It is set in the time of [[Eldarion]], [[Aragorn|Elessar]]'s son, approximately 105 years after the Fall of the [[Barad-dûr|Dark Tower]]. In it is mentioned the [[Dark Tree]], and two characters: [[Saelon]] and [[Borlas]].   
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'''The New Shadow''' is an incomplete sequel (approximately 13 pages) to ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' that [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] quickly abandoned. The manuscript was published as chapter sixteen of ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''. It is set in the time of [[Eldarion]], [[Aragorn|Elessar]]'s son, approximately 125 years after the Fall of the [[Barad-dûr|Dark Tower]]. In it is mentioned the [[Dark Tree]], and two characters: [[Saelon]] and [[Borlas]].   
  
 
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{{quote|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 II|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.|''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 256]])}}
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{{Blockquote|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.|[[J.R.R. Tolkien]]<ref>{{L|256}}</ref>}}
  
[[Christopher Tolkien]] published this text in ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''.
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"...It is a long tale..." — Aragorn
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The Peoples of Middle-earth
  1. The Prologue
  2. The Appendix on Languages
  3. The Family Trees
  4. The Calendars
  5. The History of the Akallabêth
  6. The Tale of Years of the Second Age
  7. The Heirs of Elendil
  8. The Tale of Years of the Third Age
  9. The Making of Appendix A
  10. Of Dwarves and Men
  11. The Shibboleth of Fëanor
  12. The Problem of Ros
  13. Last Writings
  14. Dangweth Pengoloð
  15. Of Lembas
  16. The New Shadow
  17. Tal-Elmar

The New Shadow is an incomplete sequel (approximately 13 pages) to The Lord of the Rings that Tolkien quickly abandoned. The manuscript was published as chapter sixteen of The Peoples of Middle-earth. It is set in the time of Eldarion, Elessar's son, approximately 125 years after the Fall of the Dark Tower. In it is mentioned the Dark Tree, and two characters: Saelon and Borlas.

Tolkien commented this on it:

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.
J.R.R. Tolkien[1]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 256, (dated 13 May 1964)