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Index (The History of Middle-earth, Book 13) [Paperback]

Christopher Tolkien , J. R. R. Tolkien
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5 Aug 2002 The History of Middle-Earth (Book 13)

Complete integrated indices of History of Middle-earth volumes to complement new series.

For the first time every index from each of the twelve volumes of The History Of Middle-earth has been published together in a single volume – to create a supreme index charting the writing of Tolkien’s masterpieces The Lord of The Rings and The Silmarillion.

This stunning work of reference complements the fascinating History of Middle-earth series, now repackaged to complement the distinctive and classic style of the ‘black cover’ A-format paperbacks of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (5 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007137435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007137435
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Although J.R.R Tolkien is well-known for 'The Hobbit', 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Silmarillion', the material which laid the groundwork for what must be the most fully realised sub-creation ever to spring from a single imagination was begun many years before the publication of 'The Hobbit', and indeed Tolkien continued to work upon its completion until his death in 1973.

In one of the single largest works of 'literary archaeology' ever undertaken, J.R.R. Tolkien's son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, edited the vast collection of manuscripts together with maps and illustrations and these were posthumously published in twelve volumes as 'The History of Middle Earth.'

Christopher Tolkien also compiled a very detailed and thorough index for each of these books. This companion edition to the twelve-volume 'History' now brings together all of the indexes in one place, and provides the reader with an invaluable sourcebook to all the peoples, places and other significant entries from 'The Silmarillion' and 'The Lord of the Rings' which appear in 'The History of Middle-earth.'

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J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide

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5.0 out of 5 stars Overview of The History of Middle-earth Series 6 Dec 2008
Collections of an author's work are often confusing, particularly when what the author has created is as complex as Tolkien's writings. Here's an overview of the twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, which was edited by his son Christopher Tolkien. Hopefully, it will help you select which book or books to buy.

Keep something in mind. In the U.S. Houghton Mifflin publishes Tolkien's authorized works in hardback and trade paperback editions, while Ballantine Books publishes them as cheaper mass-market paperbacks. For some reason, Ballantine doesn't always make it clear that some of their titles are part of the same History of Middle-earth series as those published by Houghton Mifflin. If the title is the same, the content is the same. Which you buy depends on your taste in books and finances. I have copies of both.


These five volumes deal primarily with Tolkien's writings before the publication of The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-55). In them, Tolkien was struggling as a still unknown author to create his first history of Middle-earth.

Vol 1 & 2, The Book of Lost Tales Part 1 ( 1983) & 2 (1984). The Book of Lost Tales was written during the 1910s and 1920s. Wikipedia describes it this way: "The framework for the book is that a mortal Man visits the Isle of Tol Eressa where the Elves live. In the earlier versions of the `Lost Tales' this man is named Eriol, of some vague north European origin, but in later versions he becomes lfwine, an Englishman of the Middle-ages."

Vol. 3, The Lays of Beleriand (1985). These are collections of poems, many of them incomplete, written between the 1920s and the late 1940s.

Vol 4, The Shaping of Middle-earth (1986).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The History of Middle-Earth Index 5 Oct 2002
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This book is an exelent follow on for all you Tolkien fans. it explains the wierd and wonderful ways of JRR Tolkien's "The History of Middle Earth". It explains areas of text that may confuse readers. It is an essential accessory for any true Tolkien fan, especially those who are stuck in areas of highly descriptive text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The History of Middle-Earth Index 5 Oct 2002
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This Book is an exelent follow on for all you Tolkien fans. it is devoted to explaining what the strange and tantalising, passages and extracts from the whole set of "The History of middle Earth" actually mean. it is an outstanding book to have if you are finding it hard to cope with the wierd and wonderful ways of JRR Tolkien.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very important instrument for H.o.M.E researchers 7 Aug 2005
By Ran Bar Zik - Published on Amazon.com
When a friend of mine told me about this book I first thought it was hilarious. Why should I ever need a book that is sole purpose is to index the H.o.M.E? Every one that own the H.o.M.E knows that there is a detailed index in every book of this series.

But I was wrong, This book has immense significance to every Tolkien researcher that want to produce a theory and need reference in several H.o.M.E volumes. for example try the entry "Glamdring" the famous sword that appeared at The Hobbit. With this index I can easily see that the first appearance of Glamdring is in volume 6 - therefore one can understand why Elrond was so indifferent when Gandalf showed him his ancestor's sword! it wasn't in the Legendarium at that time!

That is just a tiny and unimportant example that can show you the amount of time that the combined index will save you when you are doing your research about Tolkien's Legendarium. If I did not had the combined index in this case, I surely had to search over 12 different indexes to make sure that Glamdring is not Legendarium's genuine artifact.

Novice Tolkien's fans will not be interested in this book, It is not for people that didn't read the H.o.M.E or even people that read it but don't do much research. It is very recommended for the Hard core Tolkien's researches that will make the best of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable reference 3 April 2007
By Jonathan Appleseed - Published on Amazon.com
It's odd to think of a book that serves as nothing more than an Index to other works, but when one takes into consideration that the Index is to Tolkien's 12-volume History of Middle Earth, it makes a bit of sense.

I've personally been frustrated when doing my own, amateurish reference work. Looking through the index of twelve volumes can be considerable work. This makes it so much easier. I know that I'll delve deeper into those twelve volumes than I have before, and as with all readings of Tolkien, will come out the better for it.
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