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Lost Road and Other Writings. 1st pr in dj.

TOLKIEN, J. R. R.) History of Middle-Earth, volume 5) TOLKIEN, Christopher (edited by)

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ISBN 10: 0048233498 / ISBN 13: 9780048233493
Published by Unwin Hyman, London, 1987,, 1987
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(TOLKIEN, J. R. R.). The Lost Road and Other Writings . Language and Legend before the "Lord of the Rings". Edited by Christopher Tolkien. L.: Unwin Hyman, (1987). First UK Printing. Pp. (i)-viii,1-455,[1]. 8vo, blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. The History of Middle-Earth, volume 5. Contents: Part One: The Fall of Númenor and the Lost Road. Part Two: Valinor and Middle-Earth Before the Lord of the Rings. Part Three: The Etymologies. With appendices. Black felt pen remainder mark to bottom edge, else vg in price-clipped dj. 250.00. Bookseller Inventory # 65327

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Title: Lost Road and Other Writings. 1st pr in dj.

Publisher: Unwin Hyman, London, 1987,

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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At the end of the 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien reluctantly set aside his now greatly elaborated work on the myths and heroic legends of Valinor and Middle-earth and began The Lord of the Rings. This fifth volume of The History of Middle-earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien, completes the presentation of the whole compass of his writing on those themes up to that time. Later forms of the Annuals of Valinor and the Annals of Berleriand had been composed, The Silmarillion was nearing completion in a greatly amplified version, and a new map had been made; the myth of the Music of the Ainur had become a separate work; and the legend of the Downfall of Numenor had already entered in a primitive form, introducing the cardinal ideas of the World Made Round and the Straight Path into the vanished West. Closely associated with this was the abandoned time-travel story, The Lost Road, which was to link the world of Numenor and Middle-earth with the legends of many other times and peoples. A long essay, The Lhammas, had been written on the ever more complex relations of the languages and dialects of Middle-earth; and an etymological dictionary had been undertaken, in which a great number of words and names in the Elvish languages were registered and their formation explained - thus providing by far the most extensive account of their vocabularies that has appeared.

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The History of Middle-earth 5
Edited by Christopher Tolkien
INKLINGS OF GREATNESS . . .
J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis were friends and fellow members of the literary circle known as The Inklings. It is hardly surprising that, at one point, these talented gentlemen embarked on a challenge: Lewis was to write on "space-travel" and Tolkien on "time-travel."
Lewis' novel, Out of the Silent Planet, became the first book of a science fiction trilogy. Tolkien's unfinished story, The Lost Road, chronicles the original destruction of Numenor, a pivotal event of the Second Age of Middle-earth.
In this fifth volume of The History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien brings Middle-earth to its state at the writing of The Lord of the Rings. Entertaining and informative, THE LOST ROAD AND OTHER WRITINGS offers fresh insights into the evolution of one of the world's most enduring fantasies.

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