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Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth

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ISBN13: 9780618154043
ISBN10: 0618154043
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A "New York Times" bestseller for 21 weeks upon publication, this collection of narratives ranges in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and further related events as told in "The Silmarillion" and "The Lord of the Rings." Featuring commentary, an Index, and maps, "Unfinished Tales" is sure to be a welcome addition to any book shelf.

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A New York Times bestseller for twenty-one weeks upon publication, UNFINISHED TALES is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and further relates events as told in THE SILMARILLION and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

The book concentrates on the lands of Middle-earth and comprises Gandalf's lively account of how he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the story of the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan and the journey of the Black Riders during the hunt for the Ring.

UNFINISHED TALES also contains the only surviving story about the long ages of Númenor before its downfall, and all that is known about the Five Wizards sent to Middle-earth as emissaries of the Valar, about the Seeing Stones known as the Palantiri, and about the legend of Amroth.

Writing of the Appendices to THE LORD OF THE RINGS, J.R.R. Tolkien said in 1955, "Those who enjoy the book as a 'heroic romance' only, and find 'unexplained vistas' part of the literary effect, will neglect the Appendices, very properly." UNFINISHED TALES is avowedly for those who, to the contrary, have not yet sufficiently explored Middle-earth, its languages, its legends, it politics, and its kings.

About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. He is the renowned creator of Middle-earth and author of the great modern classic, The Hobbit, the prelude to his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Other works by J.R.R. Tolkien include The Silmarillion. J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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crowyhead, October 31, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This volume is really for the true Tolkien nerd; if you've read all the Appendices and The Silmarilion and still want more, this will be right up your alley. It consists mostly of notes, fragments, and essays rather than complete stories; many of the narratives break off suddenly. I really enjoyed it, though, and found it fascinating, particularly the section regarding the Istari, or wizards, and their origins. The section on Galadriel and Celeborn is also fascinating if, like me, you kind of have a crush on Galadriel. ;)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618154043
Editor:
Tolkien, Christopher
Author:
Tolkien, Christopher
Editor:
Tolkien, Christopher
Author:
Tolkien, J.R.R.
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Middle earth (Imaginary place)
Subject:
Fantasy fiction, English
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
September 2001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 50 x 1.06 in 1.34 lb

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A New York Times bestseller for twenty-one weeks upon publication, UNFINISHED TALES is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and further relates events as told in THE SILMARILLION and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

The book concentrates on the lands of Middle-earth and comprises Gandalf's lively account of how he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the story of the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan and the journey of the Black Riders during the hunt for the Ring.

UNFINISHED TALES also contains the only surviving story about the long ages of Númenor before its downfall, and all that is known about the Five Wizards sent to Middle-earth as emissaries of the Valar, about the Seeing Stones known as the Palantiri, and about the legend of Amroth.

Writing of the Appendices to THE LORD OF THE RINGS, J.R.R. Tolkien said in 1955, "Those who enjoy the book as a 'heroic romance' only, and find 'unexplained vistas' part of the literary effect, will neglect the Appendices, very properly." UNFINISHED TALES is avowedly for those who, to the contrary, have not yet sufficiently explored Middle-earth, its languages, its legends, it politics, and its kings.

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