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Morgoth's ring : The later silmarillon [i.e. silmarillion] part one, the… (original 1994; edition 2002)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Title:Morgoth's ring : The later silmarillon [i.e. silmarillion] part one, the legends of Aman
Authors:J. R. R. Tolkien
Info:London : HarperCollins, 2002, c1994. xii, 470 p. ; ill. ; 20 cm.
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Morgoth's Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part One by J. R. R. Tolkien (1994)




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I haven't read the whole of this -- no time -- but I think it's worthy of noting because of the discussion between Finrod and Andreth about the nature of death in Middle-earth, and the matter of hope. I think it's one of the most obvious allegorical Christian moments in Tolkien's work, when Andreth speaks of the hope that Eru will come among men to heal Arda... isn't that Christ?

One day, I shall get round to reading all of these properly, but I know they're daunting for a lot of people because they contain a lot of repetitive information and unpolished drafts, etc. So, yeah, this one is worth it for the Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth, which seems to be a complete text which J.R.R. Tolkien referred to elsewhere. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |

Having moved through the process of revisiting the compilation of The Lord of the Rings, the History of Middle-Earth now starts into Tolkien's later working through of his mythology. I found a lot of this material very interesting and it is a shame that more of it did not find its way into the published Silmarillion, particularly the "Annals of Aman" which brings much more detail to the early days of relations between the Valar and the Elves. Tolkien also gave a lot of thought to the question of Elvish death and immortality; there's a series of reworkings of what happened to Finwë's first wife Míriel, and also a long dialogue between Finrod and an early wise-woman, Andreth (Beren's great-aunt), about these issues. There's also the series of hints about Elvish sexuality, and some interesting speculation about the origin of Orcs. Binding the whole thing together is the question of Morgoth/Melkor's means and motivation; the title Morgoth's Ring is supplied by Christopher Tolkien, basically to suggest that the impact Morgoth's creative power had on Middle-Earth was similar to that of Sauron on the Rings of Power - Middle-Earth itself is therefore Morgoth's Ring in a way.

It is unusual that one could say this of the tenth book in a series of twelve, but I think I would actually recommend Morgoth's Ring rather strongly to Tolkien fans who have not tried any of the History of Middle-Earth series and are interested in giving one of the volumes a try. ( )
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In Morgoth's Ring, the tenth volume of The History of Middle-earth and the first of two companion volumes, Christopher Tolkien describes and documents the legends of the Elder Days, as they were evolved and transformed by his father in the years before he completed The Lord of the Rings. The text of the Annals of Aman, the "Blessed Land" in the far West, is given in full. And in writings never before published, we can see the nature of the problems that J.R.R. Tolkien explored in his later years as new and radical ideas, portending upheaval in the heart of the mythology. At this time Tokien sought to redefine the old legends, and wrote of the nature and destiny of Elves, the idea of Elvish rebirth, the origins of the Orcs, and the Fall of Men. His meditation of mortality and immortality as represented in the lives of Men and Elves led to another major writing at this time, the "Debate of Finrod and Andreth," which is reproduced here in full. "Above all," Christopher Tolkien writes in his foreward, "the power and significance of Melkor-Morgoth...was enlarged to become the ground and source of the corruption of Arda." This book indeed is all about Morgoth. Incomparably greater than the power of Sauron, concentrated in the One Ring, Morgoth's power (Tolkien wrote) was dispersed into the very matter of Arda: "The whole of Middle-earth was Morgoth's Ring."

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Describes and documents the myths and legends of the Elder Days, as they were evolved and transformed by Tolkien and includes previously unpublished documents in which the author struggles to examine the nature and destiny of his characters.

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