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The Complete History of Middle-Earth : Part 1 [Hardcover]

Christopher Tolkien , J. R. R. Tolkien
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6 Jan 2003

A new one-volume hardback edition of the first five books in The History of Middle-earth.

J.R.R. Tolkien is famous the world over for his unique literary creation, exemplified in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. What is less well known, however, is that he also produced a vast amount of further material that greatly expands upon the mythology and numerous stories of Middle-earth, and which gives added life to the thousand-year war between the Elves and the evil spirit Morgoth, and his terrifying lieutenant, Sauron.

It was to this enormous task of literary construction that his Tolkien’s youngest son and literary heir, Christopher, applied himself to produce the monumental and endlessly fascinating series of 12 books, The History of Middle-earth.

This brand new hardback edition brings together the first five volumes of The History of Middle-earth – The Book of Lost Tales Parts 1 and 2, The Lays of Beleriand, The Shaping of Middle-earth and The Lost Road – into one volume.

Epic in scope and extent, and featuring rare maps and illustrations drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien, this first standard hardback volume of a planned trilogy will present the reader with a unique opportunity to own the entire History of Middle-earth in three large but sensibly priced volumes.


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  • Hardcover: 1920 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (6 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007149158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007149155
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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‘One marvels anew at the depth, breadth and persistence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s labour. No one sympathetic to his aims – the invention of a secondary universe – will want to miss this chance to be present at the creation.’
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J.R.R. Tolkien is famous the world over for his unique literary creation, exemplified in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. What is less well known, however, is that he also produced a vast amount of further material that greatly expands upon the mythology and numerous stories of Middle-earth, and which gives added life to the thousand-year war between the Elves and the evil spirit Morgoth, and his terrifying lieutenant, Sauron.

It was to this enormous task of literary construction that his Tolkien’s youngest son and literary heir, Christopher, applied himself to produce the monumental and endlessly fascinating series of 12 books, The History of Middle-earth.

This brand new hardback edition brings together the first five volumes of The History of Middle-earth – The Book of Lost Tales Parts 1 and 2, The Lays of Beleriand, The Shaping of Middle-earth and The Lost Road – into one volume.

Epic in scope and extent, and featuring rare maps and illustrations drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien, this first standard hardback volume of a planned trilogy will present the reader with a unique opportunity to own the entire History of Middle-earth in three large but sensibly priced volumes.


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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This somewhat bulky book is comprised of the first four volumes of- "The Histories of Middle Earth" (twelve in total). Due to its size and rather overwhelming content it is only really suitable for the more devoted Tolkien reader. It is best read after reading "The Silmirillion" as the stories are all mainly based around the events therein. It takes a lot of time and effort to get involved in, with the earlier chapters being somewhat dry and uneventful, but after four-to-five days of solid reading it is thoroughly enjoyable. Since it is the product of four volumes I will review each of the volumes in turn.
Volume 1: The book of lost tales, part I
This first volume covers the first half of the Book of Lost Tales, introducing the mariner Eriol (of the race of men) who discovers the Lonely Isle (Tol Erresea) of the Elves and there is told the tales of their ancient history. It begins with the theory of creation, supposedly through the mantra of angelic beings (later called the valar) and continues through to the destruction of the bliss of Aman by Melkor (later called Morgorth), one of the valar, corrupted by greed and selfish desire. It tells also of the Noldor's (high-elves) revolt against the valar and their departure from Aman.
Volume 2: The book of lost tales, part II
This volume of the Book of Lost Tales narrates the fundamental tales of the Quenta Silmarillion. It includes the basic stories of Beren and Luthien, of Turin, and of the fall of Gondolin. It tells of the events and deeds of the banished Noldor and the decay and mortification of the world at the hands of Morgorth and his foul creatures. The volume concludes with the final battle between Morgoth and the Valar.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
With this mammoth release, we get the literary backstory, so to say, of J. R. R. Tolkien's turmoil and travails of the composition of one of the most complex fantasies every constructed. Gather all twelve previously published volumes into three huge books, these tell the final story of Tolkien's world, in all its grandeur and heart breaking beauty. The hefty price tag that is attached is to be expected, seeing it covers twelve expensive single volumes. The first two volumes deal with the earliest form of THE SILMARILLION, the next are the epic LAYS that were never completed, and showing Tolkien was a poet of very accomplished calibre. THE SHAPING deals with the geography and physical history, while THE LOST ROAD shows us an unfinished novel and several other unearthed treasures. The real meat, to literary historians who are not specialized in Tolkien and to the causal fan, is the volumes VI-IX, which deal with the creation of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, one of the most significant volumes ever released the world, online with Homer, Virgil, and Dante. This is a graduate level look at what goes in the making of a literary masterpiece. The last of the volumes deal with Tolkien's attempt to recast THE SILMARILLION in sometimes radical departures from the accepted structure. The last volume is THE PEOPLES OF MIDDLE-EARTH, which are the appendices of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and several interesting tidbits, included a Numenor story and THE NEW SHADOW, the aborted sequel to THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
This publication is for the serious student and lover of J. R. R. Tolkien's work. The causal fan will find this much too expensive. For those only marginally interested the volumes dealing with THE LORD OF THE RINGS should be looked at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mythopoeia Unleashed 28 Oct 2000
Format:Library Binding
This huge book is a compendium of the first five volumes of The History of Middle-earth, compiled and edited in a scholarly tour de force by the author's son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien. The remaining volumes six to twelve will comprise parts 2 and 3 of this compendium series.
It never ceases to amaze me, since Volume One of the History of Middle-earth (The Book of Lost Tales - Part 1) appeared in 1983, how one man, alone, and with little or no encouragement, could labour to produce such a wealth of material. Detailed histories spanning thousands of years, complex genealogies, fully developed languages (together with their historical development)all infused with a love of Myth and Language never before seen.
These Histories reveal the meticulous attention to detail for which Tolkien was notorious. It is from this wealth of material that he drew the 'background tapestries' of The Lord of the Rings.
My favorite would have to be The Book of Lost Tales. This was the 'pro-genitor' of The Silmarillion and was written down in exercise books over eighty years ago. They stand on their own and can be read as such. It is fascinating to see the enormous differences between it and what was to become the Silmarillion.
The Histories are not for those looking to re-live their experiences with The Lord of the Rings, or even The Silmarillion. They are definitely for the avid Tolkien scholars or collectors of his books. But if obscure details such as the fact that the Elves were originally called 'gnomes', that Beren was originally an Elf or that there was a personage named 'Tevildo Prince of Cats' then you will find much to enthrall you in these books.
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Published 2 months ago by ERIC HEENEY
5.0 out of 5 stars A Place of choice in any collection
Compact edition, beautifully done...and the greatest author of all times...what to say more ? I can only recommend this edition to all Tolkien lovers
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As a huge Tolkien fan I was eager to acquire all the history of Middle-earth books and this three-volume set is perfect. Read more
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Present for mother in law who is a mad Tolkien fan, she was delighted with this book which was excellently presented and was delived on time, very happy thankyou.
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Theese books should be made into a film like the hobbit and the lotr. they explain in great detail the stages in which how middle earth was formed. Read more
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NOTE: The individual volumes in the 12-volume History of Middle-Earth series are also published in three large 'Parts' in a series inconsistently titled either The Complete History... Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Michael W. Perry
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I was given this deluxe version of the book when it was released a number of years ago. I found it at the time to be very hard to read and as such gave up after the first book (was... Read more
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This is an absolute must for any serious collector's library. The information completes many of the legends and gives you insight into the author's mind. Read more
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