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A marvellous expansion of "The Silmarillion",
This review is from: The Shaping of Middle-earth (The History of Middle-earth, Book 4) (Paperback)
This book, the 4th in "The History of Middle-earth", is great in that it contains the first "Silmarillion" conceived by Tolkien, after the "Lost Tales" (for these, see volumes 1 and 2 of the "History..."), as well as the first Annals - of Valinor and Beleriand (greatly modified in later stages), the first map by Tolkien, printed in full color, and the fascinating "Ambarkanta", an essay accompanied by maps of the whole world, a unique opportunity to discover what else, besides the now familiar Middle-earth, there was in Arda (the World). Best read it after "The Silmarillion", so that you can see some of the earliest traces of this greatly expanded history of Tolkien.
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