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The Roots of the Mountains

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The Roots of the Mountains
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AuthorWilliam Morris
PublisherReeves & Turner (1st ed.)
ReleasedNovember 1889 (1st ed.)

The Roots of the Mountains is a novel by William Morris, which follows the Gothic theme from its predecessor, The House of the Wolfings.[1]

J.R.R. Tolkien stated in a letter that he was inspired by The Roots of the Mountains in his depiction of the Dead Marshes and the approaches to the Morannon in The Lord of the Rings.[2] It has also been suggested that "almost certainly J.R.R. Tolkien remembered The Roots of the Mountains when he created Gollum".[3]


  1. Robert Boenig, "The Roots of the Mountains", in The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 August 2007. Accessed 01 September 2010.
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 226, (dated 31 December 1960)
  3. Tom Shippey, "Introduction", in The Wood beyond the World (Oxford, 1980)