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Sauron Defeated

Sauron Defeated
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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
PublisherHarperCollins (UK)
Houghton Mifflin (US)
Released6 January 1992 (UK)
27 October 1992
SeriesThe History of Middle-earth
Preceded byThe War of the Ring
Followed byMorgoth's Ring

Sauron Defeated is the ninth volume of the The History of Middle-earth. The first section of the book, "The End of the Third Age" (also published separately), comprises Part IV of The History of The Lord of the Rings.


[edit] From the publisher

In the first section of Sauron Defeated Christopher Tolkien completes his fascinating study of The Lord of the Rings. Beginning with Sam's rescue of Frodo from the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and giving a very different account of the Scouring of the Shire, this section ends with versions of the hitherto unpublished Epilogue, in which, years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the Grey Havens, Sam attempts to answer his children's questions. The second section is an edition of The Notion Club Papers, now published for the first time. These mysterious papers discovered in the early years of the twenty-first century, report the discussions of an Oxford club in the years 1986-7, in which, after a number of topics, the centre of interest turns to the legends of Atlantis, the strange communications received by other members of the club from the past, and the violent irruption of the legend into the North-west of Europe. Closely associated with the Papers is a new version of the Drowning of Anadûnë, which constitutes the third part of the book. At this time the language of the Men of the West, Adûnaic, was first devised, and the book concludes with an account of its structure provided by Arundel Lowdham, a member of the Notion Club, who learned it in his dreams.

[edit] Title page

The title page contains an inscription in Tengwar:

In this book is traced first the story of the destruction of the One Ring and the Downfall of Sauron at the End of the Third Age. Then follows an account of the intrusion of the Cataclysm of the West into the deliberations of certain scholars of Oxford and the Fall of Sauron named Zigûr in the Drowning of Anadûne.

[edit] Contents

  • Foreword
  • Part One: The End of the Third Age
    • I The Story of Frodo and Sam in Mordor
    • II The Tower of Kirith Ungol
    • III The Land of Shadow
    • IV Mount Doom
    • V The Field of Kormallen
    • VI The Steward and the King
    • VII Many Partings
    • VIII Homeward Bound
    • IX The Scouring of the Shire
    • X The Grey Havens
    • XI The Epilogue
    • Appendix: Drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow
  • Index

[edit] Publication history and image gallery

1992, HarperCollins 1st ed.; 482p, hardcover  
1992, Houghton Mifflin; hardcover; ISBN-13: 978-0395606490; Cover illustration by Alan Lee  
1993, HarperCollins 1st paperback ed.; 482p; Cover illustration by Roger Garland  
1993, HarperCollins 1st paperback ed., 2nd Imp; 482p; Cover illustration by John Howe  
2002, HarperCollins; paperback; Cover illustration by John Howe  
2010, HarperCollins; reissue, hardcover  

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