The Book of Lost Tales: Part One

The Book of Lost Tales: Part One

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The Book of Lost Tales: Part One by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Book of Lost Tales was the first major work of imagination by J.R.R. Tolkien, begun in 1916-17 when he was twenty-five years old and left incomplete several years later. It stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor, for these tales were the first form of the myths and legends that came to be called The Silmarillion. Embedded in English legend, they are set in the narrative frame of a great westward voyage over the Ocean by a mariner named Eriol (or AElfwine) to Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle, where elves dwelt; from him they learned their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. In these Tales are found the earliest accounts and original ideas of Gods and Elves, Dwarves, Balrogs, and Orcs; of the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor; of Nargothrond and Gondolin; of the geography and cosmology of Middle-earth. Volume One contains the tales of The Music of the Ainur, The Building of valinor, The Chaining of Melko, The coming of the Elves and The Flight of the Noldoli, among others. Each tale is followed by a short essay by Christopher Tolkien, the author's son and literary executor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395409275
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/1986
Series: History of Middle-earth Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 293,333
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

About 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 Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.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.

Date of Birth:

January 3, 1892

Date of Death:

September 2, 1973

Place of Birth:

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

Education:

B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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The Book of Lost Tales Part One 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read through it several times, and I found it not only to be thouroughly enjoyable, but it also adds so much depth to all of Tolkien's work. After I read it, The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, and even the Hobbit became much more enjoyable.
RM_Luthcke More than 1 year ago
This book, first of all, was quite a confusing book. The stories in this book were very interesting and definitely worth reading, however took some patience to get through. If you want to find out about early Middle Earth and are willing to put up the time and patience this book takes, this is a great book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the finest books Tolkien had ever written. His words make me go to Middle-Earth. You will love the tales of the Valor.
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I find the book rather tedious to read. Although I've only gotten half way through the first book so far I find the stories to be more creation explanations of middle earth without the adventure element of the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book. I like adventure is this a good book for me?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice