The Complete History of Middle-earth: Pt. 1

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9780007105052: The Complete History of Middle-earth: Pt. 1

A brand new one-volume deluxe edition of the first five volumes of The History of Middle-earth, printed on India paper and set in a slipcase.

J.R.R. Tolkien is famous the world over for his unique literary creation, exemplified in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. What is less well known, however, is that he also produced a vast amount of further material that greatly expands upon the mythology and numerous stories of Middle-earth, and which gives added life to the thousand-year war between the Elves and the evil spirit Morgoth, and his terrifying lieutenant, Sauron.

It was to this enormous task of literary construction that his Tolkien’s youngest son and literary heir, Christopher, applied himself to produce the monumental and endlessly fascinating series of twelve books, The History of Middle-earth.

This brand new collector’s edition brings together the first five volumes of The History of Middle-earth – The Book of Lost Tales Parts 1 and 2, The Lays of Beleriand, The Shaping of Middle-earth and The Lost Road – into one volume. Set in a matching black slipcase, this deluxe edition hardback is limited to just 1,000 copies and has been printed on fine India paper in order to bring the 2,000 pages of material down to a manageable-sized book.

Epic in scope and extent, and featuring dozens of rare maps and illustrations drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien, this first deluxe volume of a planned trilogy will present the reader with a unique opportunity to complement their copies of the deluxe editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with this once-in-a-lifetime limited collector’s hardback.

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‘One marvels anew at the depth, breadth and persistence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s labour. No one sympathetic to his aims – the invention of a secondary universe – will want to miss this chance to be present at the creation.’
Publishers Weekly

From the Back Cover:

• The Book of Lost Tales I
• The Book of Lost Tales II
• The Lays of Beleriand
• The Shaping of Middle-earth
• The Lost Road and Other Writings

Although J.R.R. Tolkien is well-known for 'The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Silmarillion,' the material which laid the groundwork for what must be the most fully realised sub-creation ever to spring from a single imagination was begun many years before the publication of 'The Hobbit', and indeed Tokien continued to work upon its completion until his death in 1973.

In what was the single largest work of literary archaeology ever undertaken, J.R.R. Tolkien's son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, edited the vast collection of manuscripts and illustrations and these were posthumously published in twelve volumes as 'The History of Middle-earth.'

Now, the first five volumes of this history have been collected together in their entirety to be published in one deluxe, limited edition volume. They represent manuscripts composed during the 1920s and 1930s, and fully relate the early history of 'The Silmarillion' up to the point at which Tolkien turned his concentration to the writing of 'The Lord of the Rings,' which will form Part II of this deluxe trilogy.

This deluxe edition is bound in cloth and leather and set in a cloth-bound slipcase. A desirable collector’s item it is stamped in gold on both the book and slipcase

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