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The Shaping of Middle-earth: The Quenta, the Ambarkanta and the Annals, Together with the First Silmarillion and the First Map (The History of Middle-Earth) Hardcover – 21 Aug 1986


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  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Unwin Hyman; 1st edition (21 Aug. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0048232793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0048232793
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,391,233 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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‘Illustrates the development, depth and richness of J R R Tolkien’s personal mythology’ Vector

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At the end of 1937, J.R.R Tolkien reluctantly set aside his work on the myths and heroic legends of Valinor and Middle-earth and began The Lord of the Rings.

This fifth volume of The History of Middle-earth completes the examination of his writing up to that time. Later forms of The Annals of Valinor and The Annals of Beleriand had been composed, The Silmarillion was nearing completion in a greatly amplified form, and a new Map had been made. The legend of the Downfall of Numenor had entered the work, including those central ideas: the World Made Round and the Straight Path into the vanished West. Closely associated with this was the abandoned 'time-travel' story The Lost Road, linking the world of Numenor and Middle-earth with the legends of many other times and peoples.

Also included in this volume is The Lhammas, as essay on the complex languages and dialects of Middle-earth, and an 'etymological dictionary' containing an extensive account of Elvish vocabularies.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an incredible book, If you are new to the History of middle earth books I would recommend you read the Book of lost tales 1&2 first before you attempt this, because otherwise everything will seem very out of place.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Perry on 6 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.

GROUP ONE, VOLUMES I - V, EARLY TALES

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 Eressëa 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 Ælfwine, 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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If you're interested in Tolkein, and in Middle Earth's first age in particular, this is the book for you, wonderfully compiled and edited by Tolkeins Son, its a great read, and an important source on Middle Earth and the history of its development.
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Bought this book as a Christmas present for my son in law, he loved it, and the price wasn't bad either.
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By John Trainor on 10 Dec. 2014
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big fan of Tolkien
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