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The Treason of Isengard

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The Treason of Isengard
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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
PublisherUnwin Hyman (UK); Houghton Mifflin (US)
Released1989 (1st ed.)

The Treason of Isengard is the seventh volume in the The History of Middle-earth-series. The book also comprises Part II of The History of The Lord of the Rings.


From the publisher

The Treason of Isengard continues the account of the creation of The Lord of the Rings started in the earlier volume, The Return of the Shadow. It traces the great expansion of the tale into new lands and new peoples south and east of the Misty Mountains: the emergence of Lothlorien, of Ents of the Riders of Rohan, and of Saruman and White in the fortress of Isengard.

In brief outlines and pencilled drafts dashed down on scraps of paper are seen the first entry of Galadriel, the earliest ideas of the history of Gondor, and the original meeting of Aragorn and Eowyn, its significance destined to be wholly transformed.

The book also contains a full account of the original map which was to be the basis of the emerging geography of Middle-earth; and an appendix examines the Runic alphabets, with illustrations of the forms and an analysis of the Runes used in the Book of Mazarbul found beside Balin's tomb in Moria.


  • Foreword
  • I "Gandalf's Delay"
  • II "The Fourth Phase (1): From Hobbiton to Bree"
  • III "The Fourth Phase (2): From Bree to the Ford of Rivendell"
  • IV "Of Hamilcar, Gandalf, and Saruman"
  • V "Bilbo's Song at Rivendell: Errantry and Eärendillinwë"
  • VI "The Council of Elrond (1)"
  • VII "The Council of Elrond (2)"
  • VIII "The Ring Goes South"
  • IX "The Mines of Moria (1): The Lord of Moria"
  • X "The Mines of Moria (2): The Bridge"
  • XI "The Story Foreseen from Moria"
  • XII "Lothlórien"
  • XIII "Galadriel"
  • XIV "Farewell to Lórien"
  • XV "The First Map of The Lord of the Rings"
  • XVI "The Story Foreseen from Lórien"
  • XVII "The Great River"
  • XVIII "The Breaking of the Fellowship"
  • XIX "The Departure of Boromir"
  • XX "The Riders of Rohan"
  • XXI "The Uruk-hai"
  • XXII "Treebeard"
  • XXIII "Notes on Various Topics"
  • XXIV "The White Rider"
  • XXV "The Story Foreseen from Fangorn"
  • XXVI "The King of the Golden Hall"
  • Appendix on Runes

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External links

The History of Middle-earth series
The Book of Lost Tales Part One · The Book of Lost Tales Part Two · The Lays of Beleriand · The Shaping of Middle-earth · The Lost Road and Other Writings · The Return of the Shadow · The Treason of Isengard · The War of the Ring · Sauron Defeated · Morgoth's Ring · The War of the Jewels · The Peoples of Middle-earth · Index