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The Treason of Isengard. 1989 The Treason of Isengard
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Edited by Christopher Tolkien
First Edition 1989
Unwin Hyman
ISBN 0044403968
Hardback in dust jacket
Jacket design by Marilyn Carvell
viii, 504 pages
Price: £17.95

The Treason of Isengard, a collection of writings by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited with foreword, commentary, appendix and index by Christopher Tolkien.

Volume 7 of the The History of Middle-earth series and Part 2 of The History of The Lord of the Rings.

Published on 7 September 1989.

Various drawings and sketches by J.R.R. Tolkien appear as a frontispiece and on pages 182, 186, 342 and 383. Sections of a map originally drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien and re-drawn for publication by Christopher Tolkien appear on pages 297, 302, 303, 305, 308, 309, 314, 317 and 319. Manuscript pages originally written by J.R.R. Tolkien and re-written by Christopher Tolkien appear on pages 460-465.

Details of all British editions of The Treason of Isengard can be found at TolkienBooks.net.

Blurb – Dust Jacket Flap
The Treason of Isengard is the seventh volume in Christopher Tolkien’s History of Middle-earth and the second in his account of the evolution of The Lord of the Rings. In this book, following the long halt in the darkness of the Mines of Moria with which The Return of the Shadow ended, is traced the great expansion of the tale into new lands and new peoples south and east of the Misty Mountains: the emergence of Lothlórien, of Ents, of the Riders of Rohan, and of Saruman the 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, the original meeting of Aragorn with Éowyn, its significance destined to be wholly transformed. Conceptions of what lay ahead are seen dissolving as the story took its own paths, as in the account of the capture of Frodo and his rescue by Sam Gamgee from Minas Morgul, written long before J.R.R. Tolkien actually came to that point in the writing of The Lord of the Rings. A chief feature of this book is a full account of the original map, with re-drawings of successive phases, which was long the basis and accompaniment of the emerging geography of Middle-earth. An appendix to the book describes the Runic alphabets as they were at that time, with illustrations of the forms and an analysis of the Runes used in the Book of Mazarbul found beside Balin’s tomb in Moria.

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