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The Lost Road and Other Writings. The History of Middle Earth Volume V.

Tolkien, J.R.R.

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ISBN 10: 0395455197 / ISBN 13: 9780395455197
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1987
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A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright price-clipped dust jacket. At the end of 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien set aside his most elaborated writing on the myths and heroic legends of Valinor and Meddle-earth to begin working on "The Lord of the Rings." In this fifth volume of "The History of Middle-earth", Tolkien's son Christopher has edited the manuscripts his father left behind which completes the presentation of his writing on those themes up to that time. Bookseller Inventory # 25349

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Title: The Lost Road and Other Writings. The ...

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 1987

Edition: First Printing of the First US 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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