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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 II|Aragorn]]'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]].  Tolkien commented this on it:
 
'''''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 II|Aragorn]]'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]].  Tolkien commented this on it:
{{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 II|Aragorn]] would become just kings and governers — 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 'thirller' about the plot and its discovery and overthrow — but it would have been just that.  Not worth doing.|''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''}}
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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 II|Aragorn]] would become just kings and governers — 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 'thirller' 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]]'', n°256)}}
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[[Christopher Tolkien]] published this text in the twelth volume of his  [[The History of Middle-earth|History of Middle-earth]], entitled ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''.
  
 
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* [http://www.btinternet.com/~fountain/tolkien/ Scanned text of the chapter]
 
* [http://www.btinternet.com/~fountain/tolkien/ Scanned text of the chapter]

Revision as of 15:16, 26 August 2006

The New Shadow was an incomplete sequel (approximately 13 pages) to The Lord of the Rings that Tolkien quickly abandoned. It is set in the time of Eldarion, Aragorn's son, approximately 105 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 governers — 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 'thirller' 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, n°256)

Christopher Tolkien published this text in the twelth volume of his History of Middle-earth, entitled The Peoples of Middle-earth.

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