This is the fourth volume of The History of Middle-earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien, the first two comprising The Book of Lost Tales Parts One and Two, and the third The Lays of Beleriand.
It has been given the title The Shaping of Middle-earth because the writings it includes display a great advance in the chronological and geographical structure of the legends of Middle-earth and Valinor. The hitherto wholly unknown "Ambarkanta," or Shape of the World, is the only account ever given of the nature of the imagined Universe, and it is accompanied by diagrams and maps of the world before and after the cataclysms of the War of the Gods and the Downfall of Numenor. The first map of Beleriand, in the North-west of Middle-earth, is also reproduced and discussed. In the "Annals of Valinor" and the "Annals of Beleriand" the chronology of the First Age is given shape; and with these are given the fragments of the translations into Anglo-Saxon made by Aelfwine, the Englishman who voyaged into the True West and came to Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle, where he learned the ancient history of Elves and Men.
Also included are the original "Silmarillion," written in 1926, from which all the later development proceeded, and the "Quenta Noldorinwa" of 1930, the only version of the myths and legends of the First Age that J.R.R. Tolkien completed to their end. As Christopher Tolkien continues editing the unpublished papers that form the bedrock from which The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion were quarried, the vastness of his father's accomplishment becomes even more extraordinary.
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THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH
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.
THE EVOLUTION OF A WORLD
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.
CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.
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Book Description Unwin Hyman, 1986. Book Condition: Poor. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. No dust jacket. , 750grams, ISBN:0048232793. Bookseller Inventory # 6881076
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin Company, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Black cloth hardcover, 5 1/2" x 9". Volume 4 of The History of Middle-Earth. 380 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 002691
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Book Description Guild Publishing (Book Club), London, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Plates (illustrator). Book Club Edition. Book includes an index, a chronology, double page colour map and if I'm correct only eight pages of black-and-white drawings and maps, and a chart. All the only difference between this volume and the original first edition, is that the spine section has GP at the bottom of the section instead of the publishers colophon, and that on the dust jacket it says guilt publishing at the same place and has no price, and on the rear panel of the fold over flap there is CN 9286. The publication date of page has "this edition published in 1986 book club associates by arrangement with George Allen & Unwin". The only damage to report is that the front fold over has a crease. Top edge of text block tinted dark blue/grey Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. , 380,  pages. please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Plates. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy; Middle Earth; ISBN: 0048232793. ISBN/EAN: 9780048232793. Inventory No: 0269563. Bookseller Inventory # 0269563
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Book Description Unwin Hyman, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First edition second impression from 1986 in fine condition, no markings, pages clean, binding firm, jacket has been price clipped, now in removable protective sleeve, please see pics, paypal accepted, any questions please get in touch. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17138518235
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, 1986. 1st edition.. Cloth, dj, F/VG. [vi]+380pp, colour map, b/w illustrations, index, dustjacket a little worn a long the edges particularly the head of the spine, dustjacket price clipped by the publishers with a new price sticker ( £16.95 ). A collection of information on the shaping of the Middle Earth universe as well as an account of a voyage made by Aelfwine, an Englishman, to the Lonely Isle where he learnt the history of men & elves. Also included is the earliest version of the Silmarillion, written in 1926. 675 grams. Bookseller Inventory # 48118
Book Description Unwin Hyman, London, 1988. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 4th Impression. 380pp. 9 inches. Near-Fine, unused unread book, as new, minor flaws only. Black buckram, gilt titles. Few fox spots to tops, edges. Internally as new, no owner's marks, single tiny fox spot to endpaper. Illustrated with drawings and 2 colour plates of the first Silmarillion Map. In original maroon glossy jacket, light surface wear and to edges. The fourth volume of the early history and myths and legends of Middle Earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien. Weight 740g before packaging. (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Heroic, Epic, Illustrated, Criticism, Literature) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # C12666