The Complete History of Middle-Earth: Vol Three Hardcover – Special Edition, 15 Oct 2001
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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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'A brand new one-volume deluxe, cloth – and leather-bound edition of the final three volumes of 'The History of Middle-Earth', printed on Indian paper and set in a slipcase.'
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 twelve books, The History of Middle-earth.
This special collector's edition brings together the final three volumes of The History of Middle-earth – Morgoth's Ring, The War of the Jewels and The Peoples of Middle-earth. Set in a matching black slipcase, this deluxe edition hardback is limited to just 1,000 copies and has been printed on fine India paper in order to bring the 1,700 pages of material down to a manageable-sized book.
Epic in scope and extent, and featuring dozens of rare maps and illustrations drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien, this final deluxe volume of the trilogy will present the reader with a unique opportunity to complement their copies of the deluxe editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with a once-in-a-lifetime limited collector's hardback.See all Product Description
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Part 1 contains volumes I-V from the single-volume series.
Part 2 contains volumes VI to IX from the single-volume series.
Part 3 contains volumes X-XII from the single-volume series.
Which you might buy depends on your taste and how you plan to use the books. Would you rather have three bulky volumes of about 1500 pages each or twelve volumes that are typically 450 pages long?
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.Read more ›
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 and much too expansive. For those only marginally interested the volumes dealing with THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy novel should be looked at.Read more ›
In part three there was a printing error. This was replicated in the identical place in the replacement copy and so I have had to return the book(s).
I found the information absorbing and as complete as anyone could wish. The most useful & enjoyable part was the second one (stories about versions of LOTR). I would be spoiling it if I put some of the variations I discovered. If you have read John Rateliff's The History of the Hobbit then the revelations about e.g. Gollum or who Gandalf was are nothing compared to some of the variations explored (& rejected) concerning the Fellowship. The story would have been with such a different feel!! Peter Jackson appears a purist compared to some of these.
So if you are intrigued: you will have to get these books. They are not cheap and I have still not got the full set as I am waiting for a clean copy to come back to me. HOWEVER since I did not get them through Amazon, I cannot complain about Amazon or any of its providers. It is the publisher themselves who have got this mistake to correct and to either refund me or to get me a clean & complete copy for Part 3 (this one) Perhaps if you buy this you would like to check the pages corresponding to book XII The peoples of Middle Earth Page 344... I hope it is in perfect condition for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My box set of the three books arrived today and I am in awe. Very heavy, fantastic binding and am just amazed at the quality of the books and at Tolkien's level of detail. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SvenDeBelg
Trying to find all twelve original volumes of "The History of Middle-Earth" is a though enterprise. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2013 by Alexis Ramon Paez
This is a great read for any Tolkien fans. Highly recommended to all who like to know as much as possible about Middle Earth.Published on 30 May 2013 by Amazon Customer