Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Complete History of Middle-earth: Part 1: Pt. 1 Library Binding – Special Edition, 2 Oct 2000

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Library Binding, Special Edition, 2 Oct 2000

Product details

  • Library Binding: 1920 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; de luxe edition edition (2 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007105053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007105052
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,046,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Product Description


‘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.’
Publishers Weekly

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

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 18 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

107 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Feb. 2003
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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on 4 Jun. 2004
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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Robinson on 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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Look for similar items by category