This article is about the fourth part of The History of The Lord of the Rings. For the age itself, see The Third Age.
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Cover of the 2000 publication (Art by Alan Lee)

"The End of the Third Age" is the title of Part One of Sauron Defeated, and is Part Four of The History of The Lord of the Rings altogether, but the same text was also published separately, as a lone paperback edition, in September of 2000 by Houghton Mifflin (US) (ISBN 0-618-08356-1).

The End of the Third Age contains J.R.R. Tolkien's many early drafts of the large story that would later become in 1949 the second half of The Return of the King, as well as his sketches of stories' chief locations. These drafts, which Christopher Tolkien first compiled around 1992, make up the book's eleven chapters, and are each accompanied by Christopher's notes and commentary. Most of these chapters would evolve (with unchanged titles) into Book Six of The Return of the King.

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In the History of The Lord of the Rings series, The End of the Third Age is preceded by The War of the Ring.

In Sauron Defeated, the following Part is The Notion Club Papers.

The History of Middle-earth Series (1983 - 2002)

The Book of Lost Tales | The Book of Lost Tales 2 | 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 | The History of Middle-earth: Index

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