- Library Binding: 2032 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; de luxe edition edition (8 May 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007105061
- ISBN-13: 978-0007105069
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,059,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Complete History of Middle-earth: Lord of the Rings Pt. 2 Library Binding – Special Edition, 8 May 2001
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Tolkien completists will just have to have this beautiful History of Middle Earth II in their collection. This luxuriously presented limited edition book is the middle part of the History of JRR Tolkien's vast fantasy epic Lord of the Rings and contains early drafts, alternative versions of events that took place in the story along with maps and illustrations not found in the original. Exhaustive research by Tolkien's son Christopher has resulted in a rich and detailed account of the most popular book ever written and this edition, presented in an embossed slip case and printed on gold-edged india paper, does true justice to the lasting nature of the subject matter. It may seem pricey and is really only for Tolkien completists, but this handsome edition will be treasured for years to come. Part One of the History is already available and Part Three is publishing in Autumn 2001. --Jonathan Weir
‘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.’
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Just watch out: the first volume of the set is really hard to find and if you find it it's really expensive. So check for the first before buying the others, if you want the set to be complete! Otherwise... buy the 12 volumes, in paperback or also with the "print on demand" service by the editor. The inside of the three or twelve volumes editions is identical (not so in others "deluxe" Tolkien editions).
But if you really want to read the entire "History" - about 3000 pages - surely you're prepared to have some adventures to get it!
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the Three Volumes of "the History of Middle-Earth", to be able to at last grasp the whole work of Tolkien to build his colossal cycle of the Middle-Earth, to... Read morePublished on 7 July 2014 by Morgane
Compact edition, beautifully done...and the greatest author of all times...what to say more ? I can only recommend this edition to all Tolkien loversPublished on 2 April 2014 by Weissgerber Fabien