The Book of Lost Tales

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Ballantine Books, 1992 - Fiction - 345 pages
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The extraordinary history of Middle-earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien

The 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 ∆lfwine) to Tol EressŽa, 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.

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"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
 

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User Review  - Kushana - LibraryThing

[[J.R.R. Tolkien]] feared he would be remembered for only a fragment of his life's work,* for [The Hobbit] and the [Lord of the Rings] rather than [The Silmarillion]. His son has done a kind thing by ... Read full review

User Review  - Scott - Christianbook.com

This book is another example of J. R. R. Tolkien's talent. This book was put together by his son. It is the earliest Silmarillion and is easier to understand. Written in Tolkien's typical classic form, this book should be on your bookshelf. Read full review

Contents

THE COTTAGE OF LOST PLAY
1
THE MUSIC OF THE AINUR
40
THE COMING OF THE VALAR
63
THE CHAINING OF MELKO
99
THE COMING OF THE ELVES
121
THE THEFT OF MELKO
154
THE FLIGHT OF THE NOLDOLI
180
THE TALE OF THE SUN AND MOON
194
THE HIDING OF VALINOR
233
THE TRAVAIL
259
Names in the Lost Tales Part I
280
Short Glossary of Obsolete Archaic and Rare Words
319
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About the author (1992)

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in World War I, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of eighty-one.

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