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The Lost Road and Other Writings

The Lost Road and Other Writings

(Book #5 in the History of Middle-Earth series)


Book Overview: The Lost Road and Other Writings

The glorious history of how Middle-earth would change--and become the world readers recognize in The Lord of the Rings

As friends and fellow members of the literary circle known as The Inklings, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis embarked on a challenge. Lewis was to write on "space-travel" and Tolkien on "time-travel." Lewis's 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 Númenor, a pivotal event of the Second Age of Middle-earth.

In this intriguing volume, Christopher Tolkien traces the vivid history of Middle-earth, bringing the land--its topography and ever-clashing forces--to the state readers recognize from The Lord of the Rings. Entertaining and informative, The Lost Road and Other Writings shares fresh insights into the evolution of one of the world's most enduring fantasies.

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J. R. R. Tolkien was an eminent British author, linguist, and academic known worldwide for his high fantasy works "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings." Born on January 3, 1892, Tolkien served as a soldier during World War I and later became a renowned professor at Oxford University. Renowned as the father of modern fantasy, his mythology-rich work continues to captivate millions, having inspired an entire genre. Christopher Tolkien, born on November 21, 1924, was the third son of J. R. R. Tolkien. Entrusted with his father's legacy, he edited and published many of his father's uncompleted works. His significant contribution lies in ensuring the continuation of Middle-earth's enchanting narrative through books like "The Silmarillion" and "The History of Middle-earth." An Oxford alumnus and former lecturer, Christopher's erudite interpretation of his father's work cemented the indelible legacy of a literary dynasty.

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