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The History of Middle-earth Box Set #2: The Lays of Beleriand / The Shaping of Middle-earth / The Lost Road

The History of Middle-earth Box Set #2: The Lays of Beleriand / The Shaping of Middle-earth / The Lost Road

(Part of the History of Middle-Earth series)


Book Overview: The History of Middle-earth Box Set #2: The Lays of Beleriand / The Shaping of Middle-earth / The Lost Road

Second in a series of hardcover box sets celebrating the literary achievement of Christopher Tolkien, featuring double-sided dust jackets--one side featuring artwork by John Howe, and the original graphic treatment on the other. Set 2 contains The Lays of BeleriandThe Shaping of Middle-earth, and The Lost Road (Books 3-5 of The History of Middle-earth).

The Lays of Beleriand gives us a privileged insight into the creation of the mythology of Middle-earth, through the alliterative verse tales of two of the most crucial stories in Tolkien's world--those of Turin and Luthien. Accompanying the poems are commentaries on the evolution of the history of the Elder Days. Also included is the notable criticism of The Lay of Leithian by C.S. Lewis, who read the poem in 1929.

In The Shaping of Middle-earththe chronological and geographical structure of the legends of Middle-earth and Valinor is spread before us. We are introduced to the hitherto unknown Ambarkanta or "Shape of the World," the only account ever given of the nature of the imagined Universe, accompanied by maps and diagrams of the world before and after the cataclysms of The War of the Gods and the Downfall of Numenor.

The Lost Road completes the examination of Tolkien's writing before he began The Lord of the Rings, presenting later forms of the annals of Valinor and Beleriand, the legend of the downfall of Numenor, and the abandoned "time-travel" story "The Lost Road," linking the world of Numenor and Middle-earth with the legends of many other times and peoples.

Published together for the first time, these three books collect a fascinating period of Christopher Tolkien's forty-year career devoted to presenting his father J.R.R. Tolkien's writings on Middle-earth, a unique accomplishment that celebrates the greatest invented world in all of fantasy literature.

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PublisherWilliam Morrow
Publication DateMay 14th, 2024
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Christopher Tolkien, born in 1924, was an acclaimed British editor and scholar, best known as the son of legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien. He played a pivotal role in preserving and structuring his father's remarkable body of work, making an indelible mark on the world of fantasy literature. With an impressive academic background, Christopher was a lecturer in Old English and Middle English language at Oxford University. Simultaneously, he served as his father's literary executive. He brilliantly edited and published numerous posthumous works such as ‘The Silmarillion’ and ‘The History of Middle Earth.’ His remarkable contribution to the field of literature ensured that his father's fantasy realm was eternally engraved in the minds of readers. Christopher Tolkien passed away in 2020, leaving behind an unmistakable literary legacy.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, known universally as J.R.R. Tolkien, was a definitive figure in 20th-century literature, molding the fantasy genre with his legendary Middle-Earth tales. Born in South Africa in 1892 and later relocating to England, Tolkien's scholarly proficiency in languages led to a respected career in academia at Oxford University, where he specialized in English language and literature. However, it was his exceptional prowess as a writer and creator of intricate, richly detailed imaginary worlds that most indelibly marked his name in the annals of literary history. Tolkien's iconic works, most notably "The Hobbit" (1937) and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (1954-1955), have captivated and inspired millions. These works, profoundly influenced by Tolkien's linguistic proficiency, interest in mythology, and experiences in World War I, feature a meticulous construction of character, setting, and language. They burst with a rich tapestry of high fantasy populated by hobbits, elves, wizards, and dark lords, creating a mythical universe beloved by countless readers. Despite passing away in 1973, Tolkien's literary legacy endures. His timeless tales remain instrumental in shaping fantasy literature, influencing a multitude of authors in the genre. Immortalized in myriad adaptations, including blockbuster movies, his fantastical worlds continue to stir the imagination of enthusiasts all over the globe, making J.R.R. Tolkien a truly incomparable figure in the literary world.

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