624 pages, 7.01 × 4.37 × 0.03 in
January 31, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0261103628
ISBN - 13: 9780261103627
From the Publisher
The popular paperback edition of this fascinating collection of stories, which continue the tales of The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and contains an alternative version of The Children of Hurin.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 provides those who have read The Lord of the Rings with a whole collection of background and new stories from the twentieth century's most acclaimed popular author.The book concentrates on the realm of Middle-earth and comprises such elements as Gandalf's lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, 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.Unfinished Tales also contains the only story about the long ages of Numenor before its downfall, and all that is known about such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantiri and the legend of Amroth. The tales were collated and edited by JRR Tolkien's son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien, who provides a short commentary on each story, helping the reader to fill in the gaps and put each story into the context of the rest of his father's writings.
From the Jacket
J.R.R.Tolkien's 'Unfinished Tales' is a collection ranging from the time of 'The Silmarillion' - the Elder days of Middle-earth - to the end of the War of the Ring in 'The Lord of the Rings'. Its many treasures include Gandalf's lively account of how he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and a description of the military organisation of the Riders of Rohan.Lovers of Tolkien's mythology will be fascinated to read the only story from the long ages of Numenor before its downfall, and all that is known of such matters as the Five Wizzards, the Palantiri, and the legend of Amroth.The collection has been edited by Christopher Tolkien, who provides a commentary placing each of the Tales in the context of his father's work."Moments of mythic grandeur"SUNDAY TIMES"Another monument to the incredible imagination of Tolkien"SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
About the Author
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.
From Our Editors
The world J.R.R. Tolkien conceived for his Lord of the Rings trilogy keeps growing larger and larger like a huge spider’s web. Unfinished Tales is the author’s collection of stories that helps to give more background and appreciation for Middle-earth and the characters inhabiting it. In a coup, it’s also the only account of the long ages and reign of Numenor before its downfall. Rings fans will know what that means.
'Moments of mythic grandeur'Sunday Times'Another monument to the incredible imagination of Tolkien'Sunday Telegraph