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The name The War of the Ring refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see War of the Ring (disambiguation).
The War of the Ring
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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
PublisherHoughton Mifflin

The War of the Ring is the eight volume in the The History of Middle-earth-series. The book also comprises Part III of The History of The Lord of the Rings.

From the Publisher

The War of the Ring takes up the story of The Lord of the Rings with the Battle of the Hornburg and the drowning of Isengard by the Ents, continues with the journey of Frodo, Sam and Gollum to the Pass of Cirith Ungol, describes the war in Gondor, and ends with the parley between Gandalf and the ambassador of the Dark Lord before the Black Gate of Mordor. Unforeseen developments that would become central to the narrative are seen at the moment of their emergence: the palantír bursting into fragments on the stairs of Orthanc, its nature as unknown to the author as to those who saw it fall, or the entry of Faramir into the story.

The book is illustrated with plans and drawings of the changing conceptions of Orthanc, Dunharrow, Minas Tirith and the tunnels of Shelob's Lair.


  • Foreword
  • 1 "Part One: The Fall of Saruman",
    • I "The Destruction of Isengard"
    • II "Helm's Deep"
    • III "The Road to Isengard"
    • IV "Flotsam and Jetsam"
    • V "The Voice of Saruman"
    • VI "The Palantír"
  • 2 "Part Two: The Ring Goes East",
    • I "The Taming of Sméagol"
    • II "The Passage of the Marshes"
    • III "The Black Gate is Closed"
    • IV "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit"
    • V "Faramir"
    • VI "The Forbidden Pool"
    • VII "Journey to the Cross-roads"
    • VIII "Kirith Ungol"
  • 3 "Part Three: Minas Tirith",
    • I "Addendum to 'The Treason of Isengard'"
    • II "Book Five Begun and Abandoned"
    • III "Minas Tirith"
    • IV "Many Roads Lead Eastward (1)"
    • V "Many Roads lead Eastward (2)"
    • VI "The Siege of Gondor"
    • VII "The Ride of the Rohirrim"
    • VIII "The Story Foreseen from Forannest"
    • IX "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
    • X "The Pyre of Denethor"
    • XI "The Houses of Healing"
    • XII "The Last Debate"
    • XIII "The Black Gate Opens"
    • XIV "The Second Map"

The History of Middle-earth
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