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THE LOW RATING IS FOR THE TERRIBLE QUALITY OF THIS EDITION (Harper Collins, 2002) AND NOT THE BOOK ITSELF
on 13 February 2016
The Lost Road is one of my favourite collections of Tolkien's writings posthumously published by his son and editor, Christopher Tolkien. I would go so far as to say The Lost Road may be his best posthumously published work after the Silmarillion. However this edition is absolutely terrible. I have a an older edition bought about twenty years ago which is much better, but it is unfortunately in another country along with the rest of my old Tolkien collection. In order to have a similar set here, I bought several of the volumes of the History of Middle Earth series from amazon in these Harper Collins editions and was extremely disappointed. The following is true for all of them: The print is tiny, the paper is cheap and thin so you can see the shadow of the print on the other side, and worst of all you simply cannot see the maps or other illustrations, which in a work by Tolkien is infamous, disappointing and frustrating and takes a great deal away from the experience of reading it. The books are just not pleasant to handle or read, they feel and look wrong. I did not return them because I like to have as many of Tolkien's works as I can to hand for ready reference and reading, but I will now look for older editions in second hand bookshops and charity shops and give these away as soon as I get better quality, better produced books worthy of Tolkien's writing, and the genius of his work.