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Morgoth's Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part One : The Legends of Aman

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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 ...

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Overview

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."

The 10th volume of Christopher Tolkien's acclaimed History of Middle-earth series focuses on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. In the first of two companion volumes, the myths and legends of the Elder Days are described as they were The Lord of the Rings was completed. Includes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395680926
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/14/1993
  • Series: History of Middle-Earth Series , #10
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.69 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

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 .

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit , The Lord of the Rings , and The Silmarillion . His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Posted April 12, 2009

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    Many versions of many ancient tales

    What Christopher Tolkien reveals in great detail is how J.R.R. Tolkien, his legendary father, spent scores of years architecting Middle Earth's mythic 'prehistory'. Some stories in the days before 'day and night' have four or five versions that differ in some rather important ways.

    Any serious reader of 'The Lord of the Rings' will enjoy putting himself in this great author's mind as he first created and then repeatedly recreated some of these key 'origin' stories. He tried, sometimes without a final decision, to resolve the myriad threads of the golden tapestry of his Middle Earth/LOTR masterpiece with the jewels of the stories which precede, inform and vitiate it.

    This volume deals with those earliest times before time, before the Sun and Moon when the light of the Two Trees briefly shone upon those elves who made the starlit journey to Valinor. This is a period before, during and after Melkor was named Morgoth by Feanor who had recently wrought the three greatest jewels, the Silmarilli, that each contained the living light of the Two Trees.

    Seeing the origins of one such as Galadriel in the Valinor of the Two Trees and knowing that she was still alive countless ages later herself with Frodo and Aragorn during the time of The Lord of the Rings gives one a sense of the scale of an elven lifetime - 10,000 centuries.

    What can I say? If you love J.R.R. Tolkien you will be willing to plow through his son's dry scholarly analysis to read more of the master.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2002

    Morgoth's Ring

    My favorite of all the History of Middle-earth books, this volume traces the later Valinorean mythology up until the rape of the Silmarils. Christopher Tolkien's exhaustive notes are wonderful for the Tolkien student. Even if you're not interested in the development of the Silmarillion legends, this book is great, because it provides a very detailed look at the relationships between Finwe, Feanor, Miriel, the Valar, and Indis, and of Elvish mortality. And the amazingly beautiful 'Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth' is worth the purchase price of this book by itself. It shows a human view of the First Age and the Noldor in Beleriand as you don't find anywhere else, and hints at the future of Arda and the ultimate fate of Men and Elves.

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