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The History of Middle-earth Box Set #4: Morgoth's Ring / The War of the Jewels / The Peoples of Middle-earth / Index
Available September 10, 2024

The History of Middle-earth Box Set #4: Morgoth's Ring / The War of the Jewels / The Peoples of Middle-earth / Index

(Part of the History of Middle-Earth series)


Book Overview: The History of Middle-earth Box Set #4: Morgoth's Ring / The War of the Jewels / The Peoples of Middle-earth / Index

Fourth 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 4 contains Morgoth's RingThe War of the JewelsThe Peoples of Middle-earth (Books 10-12 of The History of Middle-earth) and The History of Middle-earth Index.

Morgoth's Ring is the first of two companion volumes documenting the later writing of The Silmarillion. The text of the Annals of Aman, the "Blessed Land" in the far West, is given in full; while further writings reveal the nature of the problems that Tolkien explored in his later years, as new and radical ideas, portending upheaval in the old narratives, emerged at the heart of the mythology.

The War of the Jewels continues the account of the later history of The Silmarillion, as the story returns to Middle-earth, and the ruinous conflict of the High Elves and the Men who were their allies with the power of the Dark Lord.

The Peoples of Middle-earth is this capstone to Tolkien's history of Middle-earth, presenting a chronology of the later Ages, the Hobbit genealogies, and the Western language or Common Speech. Here too are valuable writings from Tolkien's last years: "The New Shadow," in Gondor of the Fourth Age, and "Tal-elmar," the tale of the coming of the Numenorean ships.

The History of Middle-earth Index presents the comprehensive indices of all twelve History of Middle-earth volumes in a single, easily referenced edition, serving as an essential complement to this extraordinary work.

Published together for the first time, these four 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 Date2024
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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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