The Book of Lost Tales was the first major work of imagination by J.R.R. Tolkien, begun in 1916-17 when he was twenty-five years old and left incomplete several years later. It stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor, for these tales were the first form of the myths and legends that came to be called The Silmarillion. Embedded in English legend, they are set in the narrative frame of a great westward voyage over the Ocean by a mariner named Eriol (or AElfwine) to Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle, where elves dwelt; from him they learned their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. In these Tales are found the earliest accounts and original ideas of Gods and Elves, Dwarves, Balrogs, and Orcs; of the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor; of Nargothrond and Gondolin; of the geography and cosmology of Middle-earth. Volume One contains the tales of The Music of the Ainur, The Building of valinor, The Chaining of Melko, The coming of the Elves and The Flight of the Noldoli, among others. Each tale is followed by a short essay by Christopher Tolkien, the author's son and literary executor.
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THE BOOK OF LOST TALES, I, stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor. Here is the whole, glorious history of Middle-earth that J.R.R. Tolkien brought to mythic and dramatic life with his classic fantasy novels of the Ring Cycle.About the Author:
CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.
J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
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Book Description London: Unwin Hyman, 1988. The second volume, part two, of The History of Middle-Earth. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. Hb, 385pp, previous owner's inscription to fep. A Very Good copy in Fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 24111
Book Description HarperCollins Canada, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. The Book Of Lost Tales part II, which is Part II of the series "The History of Middle-Earth". Book is in nearly like-new condition. Dust jacket shows some scuffing. Contents are clean and unmarked. Binding is solid. A very nice copy. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 1066
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1984. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition, Second Impression. pp: 385. This book was Tolkien's first major work begun when he was 25. After several years he abandoned the book. These were the first form of the myths and legends that were to become 'The Silmarillion'. A near fine copy in dust jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 251410J
Book Description Unwin & Hyman, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 2nd Edition. 1991 Unwin & Hyman Hardcover 1st Edition 2nd Impression. Near fine clean tight binding in near fine dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-10377869835
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, UK, 1984. Hardback. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine Priceclipped. First.. Near fine condition book; clean and tight. Jacket is near fine; clean, crisp - priceclipped. Kirkham Grammar School prize certificate to ffep dated 1984. These tales were begun by Tolkien when he was 25 years old in 1916-17 and left incomplete. In The Tales are found the earliest accounts and original ideas of Gods and Elves, Dwarves, Balrogs and Orcs. Published in two volumes - the first containing The Tales of Valinor. This second part includes Beren and Luthien, Turin and The Dragon, and the only full narratives of The Necklace of the Dwarves and The Fall of Gondolin. There are commentaries on each tale, texts of associated poems and extensive information on names and vocabulary in the earliest Elvish languages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 015118
Book Description UNWIN HYMAN, LONDON, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 4TH IMPRESSION(PRINTING). Hardcover with dust jacket. Protective plastic cover over DJ. Not price clipped. Burgundy boards with gilt titles on board spine. Slight marking/wear on page edges(mostly on the top edges of pages). Overall clean, tight pages. Strong binding. No inscriptions. Location: MBS1 Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 015999
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1984. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Bound in perfect red buckram cloth with bright, gilt titles to spine, this 1984 hardback First Edition is Vg in VG wrapper (unclipped). (V1)/385pp with Preface, 6 Chapters, Appendix, Glossary and Index. Condition VG plus Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 0013151
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! L. Bookseller Inventory # 0048232653D
Book Description George Allen & Uniwin Ltd., London, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: VG+. Dust Jacket Condition: VG+. First Edition. Volume 2 of The History of Middle-Earth. 385 pages in very good condition; edges a little yellowed. Brown hardcovers with gilt titles on the spine. Corners not bumped. Brown DJ with white/gold titles and gold design. Very light wear on corners and edges. VG+/VG+. Bookseller Inventory # 212654
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1984. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 385pp, index,glossary,appendix, bw ills. Or maroon cloth in jacket. Prev owners name at top of front free endpaper, publisher's price sticker on front flap. Scarce first printing of the second volume in The History of Middle Earth series. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 033696