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The concluding volume of The History of Middle-earth series, which examines the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings.The Peoples of Middle-earth traces the evolution of the Appendices to The Lord of The Rings, which provide a comprehensive historical structure of the Second and Third Ages, including Calendars, Hobbit genealogies and the Westron language. The book concludes with two unique abandoned stories: The New Shadow, set in Gondor during the Fourth Age, and the tale of Tal-elmar, in which the coming of the dreaded Numenorean ships is seen through the eyes of men of Middle-earth in the Dark Years.With the publication of this book, the long history of J.R.R. Tolkien's creation is completed and the enigmatic state of his work can be understood.
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When in 1937 J. R. R. Tolkien laid aside The Silmarillion, the extension of his original mythology into later Ages of the world had scarcely emerged. Tolkien himself noted that he knew nothing of the peoples and history of these Ages until he "met them on the way". It was in the appendices to The Lord of the Rings that there emerged a comprehensive historical structure and chronology of the Second and Third Ages, embracing all the diverse strands that came together in The War of the Ring. Tolkien's difficulty - bordering on despair - in providing these appendices, leading to delay in the publication of The Return of the King, is well known. In The Peoples of Middle-earth, however, Christopher Tolkien shows that the work had in fact been achieved years before, in essays and records differing greatly from the published forms. A number of other writings by J. R. R. Tolkien are also included in this book; they derive chiefly from his last years, when new insights and constructions freely arose as he pondered the history that he had created.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
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Book Description Harper Collins. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. Missing dust jacket; Pages can have notes/highlighting. Spine may show signs of wear. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0261103377I3N01
Book Description Harper Collins, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. VG-/VG- 1st edition 1996 Harpercollins hardback, unclipped DJ, with colour frontispiece. Pages tanned due to paper as usual, small nick to base of DJ spine, previous name erased from fly-leaf, else VG and unmarked. Immediate dispatch worldwide Quantity Available: 1. Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy; ISBN: 0261103377. ISBN/EAN: 9780261103375. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 078572. Seller Inventory # 078572
Book Description London: HarperCollinsPublishers (Harper Collins) 1996 First Edition, First Impression 8vo xiv,482pp ISBN 0-261-10337-7, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Ex-Library, Near Fine original dark blue cloth, corners very slightly bumped, tape stains to boards, edges lightly tanned as is common with this edition, minimal library markings, specifically small piece of magnetic tape to front pastedown, small stamp to ffep, small label attached to rear end-paper, otherwise internally Fine throughout, in Near Fine intact complete Dust Wrapper. A very attractive copy of the original HarperCollins First Edition, of which there was only one print-run, despite being ex-library. For years, rumors circulated that HarperCollins pulped part of the print-run for this title. However, Neil Holford at TolkienBooks. net has the following information: according to David Brawn at HarperCollins, "2,525 copies were printed for the trade, plus 1,565 for BCA, all in the same run. Unlike many book club editions of books at that time, for this series the books always came from the same print run so there would often have been no discernible difference between them in terms of quality. However, BCA sold their copies very quickly and then bought 500 copies from the trade run, rapidly shortening the shelf life of the edition.". Seller Inventory # 14611