The Book Of Lost Tales 1 (the History Of Middle-earth, Book 1) by Christopher TolkienThe Book Of Lost Tales 1 (the History Of Middle-earth, Book 1) by Christopher Tolkien

The Book Of Lost Tales 1 (the History Of Middle-earth, Book 1)

byChristopher TolkienOriginal authorJ. R. R. Tolkien

Paperback | May 7, 2002

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The first of a two-book set that contains the early myths and legends which led to the writing of Tolkien's epic tale of war, The Silmarillion.The Book of Lost Tales stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor for the Tales were the first form of the myths and legends that came to be called The Silmarillion. Embedded in English legend and English association, they are set in the narrative frame of a great westward voyage over the Ocean by a mariner named Eriol to the lonely Isle where the Elves dwelt; from them he learned their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. In the Tales are found the earliest accounts of Gods and Elves, Dwarves, Balrogs and Orcs; of the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor; of the geography and cosmology of Tolkien's invented world.This series of fascinating books has now been repackaged to complement the distinctive and classic style of the 'black cover' A-format paperbacks of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.
J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide
Title:The Book Of Lost Tales 1 (the History Of Middle-earth, Book 1)Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:May 7, 2002Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0261102222

ISBN - 13:9780261102224


Rated 4 out of 5 by from It Is Great for What it is.... "It Feels like a history lesson", because that is exactly what it is. They are the "Lost Tales" that were never finished in the way his other series were flushed out, or ideas that Tolkien was working on but were never added to the Middle-Earth books. Hence the sub-name "History of Middle Earth". If you expecting a flushed out "story" to these books, you will of course be disappointed. If you are looking for more lore of middle earth, or early ideas of middle earth and the logic behind lord of the rings, these books are great. Enjoy these volumes as references, not flushed out story lines. They are a must for Tolkien fans, and Fantasy Fans in general.
Date published: 2008-05-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Big Dissapointment!!!!!!! This book is a big shame. Tolkien, supposedly one of the world's best writers, officially has lost his fame with the release of this book. It feels like, essentially, a history lesson on Tolkien interspersed with some boring comentarry. About 4 chapters of it are good, but everywhere else will make you snore.
Date published: 2006-01-29

Editorial Reviews

'Christopher Tolkien shows himself to be his father's son. Tolkien devotees will rejoice' The New York Times Book Review'In these Lost Tales we have the scholar joyously gambolling in the thicket of his imagination. a Commentary and Notes greatly enrich the quest' Daily Telegraph'The Tales will be appreciated by those who have read The Silmarillion andwish to examine how Tolkien improved his story and style from their original form, and how weventually The Lord of the Rings came to stand independently with only a few hints from the early mythology' British Book News