‘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.’
From the Back Cover
• The Book of Lost Tales I
• The Book of Lost Tales II
• The Lays of Beleriand
• The Shaping of Middle-earth
• The Lost Road and Other Writings
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 Tokien continued to work upon its completion until his death in 1973.
In what was the single largest work of literary archaeology ever undertaken, J.R.R. Tolkien's son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, edited the vast collection of manuscripts and illustrations and these were posthumously published in twelve volumes as 'The History of Middle-earth.'
Now, the first five volumes of this history have been collected together in their entirety to be published in one deluxe, limited edition volume. They represent manuscripts composed during the 1920s and 1930s, and fully relate the early history of 'The Silmarillion' up to the point at which Tolkien turned his concentration to the writing of 'The Lord of the Rings,' which will form Part II of this deluxe trilogy.
This deluxe edition is bound in cloth and leather and set in a cloth-bound slipcase. A desirable collector’s item it is stamped in gold on both the book and slipcase