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The Shaping of Middle-Earth (History of…

The Shaping of Middle-Earth (History of Middle-Earth) (edition 1986)

by J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor)

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Title:The Shaping of Middle-Earth (History of Middle-Earth)
Authors:J. R. R. Tolkien
Other authors:Christopher Tolkien (Editor)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1986), Edition: Book Club, Hardcover, 400 pages
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I started to read it in 2008 (?), and it is too full of references to the Silmarillion. So I went back and re-read the Silmarillion.
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
Again, haven't read the whole thing cover to cover, but this one's worth mentioning because of "Dagor Dagorath", which sounds pretty close to the Old Norse Ragnarøkkr. It'd be the version with renewal, of course, not the posited version in which there's Ragnarøkkr and that's that, but still...

Interesting that he takes so much from pagan sources, given the Christian slant of the rest. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |

Yet more refinement of the events of the Silmarillion, in various different formats; I'm rather glad that the next volume in this series takes us to Númenor and away from Beleriand. The most interesting thing in this volume (though unfortunately also the least readable) is Tolkien's casting of the Annals of Beleriand into Anglo-Saxon, a very visible piece of his commitment to reshaping English mythology by giving it new roots as invented by himself, though as it turned out rather a blind alley creatively. There is also some impressive forensic work on the faint pencil-drawn maps on which Tolkien planned out the geograohy of early Middle-Earth. But this is probably the least accessible so far of this rather obscure series. ( )
  nwhyte | May 17, 2011 |
Not easy to read, even for a die-hard Tolkien fan. But still worth a look. ( )
  Radaghast | Nov 11, 2009 |
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Poems and prose, maps and chronologies, detours and diversions along the road to Middle-earth . . . Christopher Tolkien has gathered archival materials that his late father, J. R. R. Tolkien, used to create the world and the history behind his classic stories.
This fourth volume of The History of Middle-earth presents early versions of those first tales, from the creation myth to the fall of Morgoth. Writings include a chronology of the events in Beleriand, the first Silmarillion map, and the only known description of the physical nature of Middle-earth's universe. Detailed annotations highlight changes ranging from the spelling of Elvish names to pivotal emendations whose effects reach even to the war of the ring.
The Shaping of Middle-earth presents a solid framework by which to trace the development of the early lore of Middle-earth. It is a truly indispensable reference work for those familiar with the history of that endlessly beloved land--and fascinating reading for those just entering that world.

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This volume in the history of Middle-earth offers prose, poetry, maps, and chronologies and covers the creation myth through Morgoth's fall; includes a description of the events in Beleriand and the first Silmarillion map.

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