The Return of the Shadow, 6 by J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

512 pages first pub 1988 (editions)

fiction classics fantasy reference adventurous challenging informative slow-paced


In this sixth volume of The History of Middle-earth the story reaches The Lord of the Rings. In The Return of the Shadow (an abandoned title for the first volume) Christopher Tolkien describes, with full citation of the earliest notes, outline pla...

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informative 100%
reflective 66%
inspiring 44%
adventurous 22%
challenging 22%
emotional 11%
relaxing 11%


slow 88%
medium 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

N/A: 66% | A mix: 33%

Strong character development?

N/A: 50% | Yes: 50%

Loveable characters?

N/A: 66% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

N/A: 60% | No: 40%

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