The New Shadow
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|−|An incomplete sequel (approximately 13 pages) to [[The Lord of the Rings]] that [[Tolkien]] quickly abandoned , set in the time of [[Eldarion]], [[Aragorn]]'s son. |+|
incomplete sequel (approximately 13 pages) to [[The Lord of the Rings]]that [[Tolkien]] quickly abandonedset in the time of [[Eldarion]], [[Aragorn]]'s son.
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|−|* [ http: //www. btinternet. com/~fountain/tolkien/ Scanned text of the chapter] |+|
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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; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 256, (dated 13 May 1964)