The Return of the Shadow (Part 1)
The Treason of Isengard (Part 2)
The War of the Ring (Part 3)
The End of the Third Age (Part 4 - labeled as part 4 in the history of Middle-Earth)
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is firmly acknowledged as one of the most popular books of the twentieth century, has captivated generations of readers with its completely convincing fantasy.
In The History of The Lord of the Rings, the author's son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien, examines the creation of that epic from its inception to its finished form. At the core of these books are many early drafts and unpublished passages by Tolkien, which add greatly to a thorough understanding of his masterpiece.