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by Christopher Tolkien,J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Author: Christopher Tolkien,J.R.R. Tolkien
  • ISBN: 0345375211
  • ISBN13: 978-0345375216
  • ePub: 1820 kb | FB2: 1287 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Del Ray/Balantine Books; Reprint edition (June 1992)
  • Rating: 4.8/5
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The Book of Lost Tales 1(The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 1) ePub download

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. .

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. 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.

Book 1 of 12 in the History of Middle-earth Series .

The Book of Lost Tales is a collection of early stories by English writer J. R. Tolkien, published as the first two volumes of Christopher Tolkien's 12-volume series The History of Middle-earth, in which he presents and analyzes the manuscrip. Tolkien, published as the first two volumes of Christopher Tolkien's 12-volume series The History of Middle-earth, in which he presents and analyzes the manuscripts of those stories, which were the earliest form of the complex fictional myths that would eventually comprise The Silmarillion.

The Book of Lost Tales, Part One (The History of Middle-Earth .

The Book of Lost Tales Part Two (ISBN 0-395-36614-3) is the second part of Christopher Tolkien's twelve-volume series The History of Middle-earth, in which he analyses the unpublished manuscripts of his father .

I The Cottage of Lost Play

I The Cottage of Lost Play. In Chapter 7 of his book The Road to Middle-earth Professor T. A. Shippey accepts that this is so (‘The Silmarillion could never be anything but hard to read’, p. 201), and expounds his view of why it should be. A complex discussion is not treated justly when it is extracted, but in his view the reasons are essentially two (p. 185).

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The extraordinary history of Middle-earth, edited by Christopher TolkienThe Book of Lost Tales stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor. Embedded in English legend and English association, they were set in the narrative frame of a great westward voyage over the Ocean by a mariner named Eriol (or Ælfwine) to Tol Eressëa, the Lonely Isle, where Elves dwelt; from them he learned their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. In the Tales are found the earliest accounts and original ideas of Gods and Elves; Dwarves and Orcs; the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor; Nargothrond and Gondolin; and the geography and cosmology of the invented world.Praise for Book of Lost Tales 1“In these tales we have the scholar joyously gamboling in the thickets of his imagination. . . . A commentary and notes greatly enrich the quest.”The Daily Telegraph“Affords us an almost over-the-shoulder view into the evolving creative process and genius of J.R.R. Tolkien in a new, exciting aspect . . .The superb, sensitive, and extremely helpful commentary and editing done by Christopher Tolkien make all of this possible.”—Mythlore
THIS IS the book one should read after reading The Silmarillion. If you've just finished reading The Silmarillion and you want to go on to the next volume, well this is it.
This book begins the "Histories Of Middle-Earth." That means that you are reading the stories of The Silmarillion in earlier forms. I DO BELIEVE that one should have read The Silmarillion before going into the "Histories Of Middle-Earth" in order to have an understanding of the back stories and some knowledge of who's who. You get to see a lot more of the details of things that happen in The Silmarillion. These have enough differences to keep the readers interest and yet having read the ultimately published works gives them an ease to read.
This IS required reading for every Tolkien student. And if you want to REALLY understand what you've read about Middle-Earth then this is your next step.
This is the small paperback printing which is great and easy to have with you all the time.
Christopher Tolkien offers a very detailed commentary and presentation of his father's numerous notes and incomplete volumes on the creation of the 'Lord of the Rings' universe. The material describes the very early days of the world, and is essentially its very own creation myth that starts well before the Ages of Middle Earth. Christopher Tolkien offers great commentary on the difficulties and seemingly impossible nature of properly composing his father's often scattered thoughts and notes on the direction of his epic mythology; and his insight does wonders for understanding the complex characters and events present in the Lost Tales.

If you are expecting a read similar to The Hobbit or LoTR, this will be quite different given it is a very mythological/historical narrative supplemented by Christopher Tolkien's commentary and notes. Nonetheless it is engaging both as fiction and as a fantastic look into mind of JRR Tolkien and the elaborate world he strived to create.
Let us say that over all this is a great tome. The writing by JRR Tolkien for the most part is excellent, with a few passages that are a bit of a challenge to understand. The problem is not with JRR Tolkien's writing but rather with the extensive notes written by his son, Christopher Tolkien. Ok yeah I get it he want to explain the differences between the these rough versions of the story and the official in the Simarillion but he goes into over kill and frankly that is not needed.

The book continues with Eriol's sojourn in Tol Eressea. The elves of that island tell him several more tales and he tells them a few of his own. Eriol lived in a town on the Great Land and during a minor skirmish he lost everything. His parents were killed and he was pressed into servitude. Eventually he escapes and he makes his way to Tol Eressea. His friend tell him the Tale of Tinuviel. Beren in this version is an elf not a human. Tinuviel is half faery and half elf. They fall in love when he ventures into their relam that is hidden from Melko by the queen's magic. The Queen Gwendeling is a faery. The realm is made up of free elves both Noldoli and Avari elves. Now the king does not quite approve of this match so he challenges Beren to obtain one of the Simarils from Melko's crown. Beren sets off on his quest. He becomes a servant of Melko and his cat assistant Tevildo. After a long period of time Tinuviel longs for Beren and set out to rescue him. Using magic that causes her foes to fall asleep she breaks into Melko's realm to rescue Beren. Huan the king of dogs help out and you know they hate cats.
In the end there is a battle between the Wolf King and Beren and much like Tiw in the Norse legends he looses his hand. In a strange way they end up together.

In Turumbar and Foaloke , the short version of "Hurin's Children" documents the wars of elves and men against Melko. Hurin gets captured and tortured. Part of the torture involves watching the fait of his children. Turin goes off to King Thingol to be raised in his court. Turin becomes a great warrior, slaying off many orcs and goblin. But he ends up banishing himself from the court after killing another elf for insulting him. He continues his adventures slaying orcs with a good friend from Thingols kingdom. They have many an adventure together but all that ends when Turin is rescued from the captivity with the Orcs. by mistake he slays his friend. He does fall in love with an elven girl but loses her to Glurund (Foaloke) the dragon. He sees his mother's homestead taken over by a corrupt person . He kills the corrupt person get banished from his mothers village and gives himself the name Turumbar. THE Dragon manages to steal away his sisters memory and the two end up connecting. In the end the Dragon is slain and the tainted gold is liberated. Things end off there but the book that was released later called "Hurin's Children" has a very different ending.

"The Fall of Gondolin" documents a hidden city that is found by a wandering Noldoli who escapes from Melko servitude. Many elves and Noldoli are enslaved by Melko. Ulmo the sea god leads this elf to the city. His coming was fortold and much like a prophet he warns the inhabitant to leave and return to Valinor. His word is not heeded. Our hero marries the elven princess and remains with her for many years. They have a child named Earel. Eventually Melko finds out about this hidden city and after a brutal war and some internal treachery the city falls. everyone ends going to the beach hideout. A special destiny is held in store for Erendel.

"The Nauglafring" is about the cursed gold from the slaying of Glorofund the Dragon. Somehow Hurin is released from captivity and he is the one who brings forward the gold. The simaril which has been liberated by Beren is combined with this gold to make an elaborate piece of jewelry. But the gold is cursed and that curse involves people killing each other over it. This soon leads to war between and elven kingdom and a dwarf kingdom because the Elves enslave them into making the Jewelry. The elven Kingdom gets destroyed. In retaliation Beren and Tinuviel are called from the faery realm to extract vengeance. There is further loss for Beren and Tinuviel but vengeance is secured. They have a daughter named Elwing.

Earendel weds Elwing and then loses her. He takes to the seas to find her. The final part of book delved into Aelfwine. A confusing expalanation to say the least. You can red it and find out. Well worth it for Tolkien fans.
This is a "hardcover papaerback" edition -- and is thereby a little awkward to handle, but seeing as how this is the only edition of this book I could find, I'm not complaining. If you need to fill out your library's Tolkein Scholarship Shelf, this volume is a must. It's a good resource and, if you're reading this, you probably already know that.
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