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The extraordinary history of Middle-earth comes to life in this essential five-volume collection from the beloved author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
This box set includes:
THE BOOK OF LOST TALES 1
THE BOOK OF LOST TALES 2
THE LAYS OF BELERIAND
THE SHAPING OF MIDDLE-EARTH
THE LOST ROAD AND OTHER WRITINGS
About the Author
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in World War I, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of eighty-one.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Now before I sing the praise of this series/ A warning must be given,/ You may find yourself hopelessly weary/ If this is your first look at J.R.R. Tolkien./ These books were compiled by that great master's son/ As a glimpse into his father's deep mind./ These tales never could claim being 'done',/ And thus are a motley combine./ Yet for all of you who have read that master's works/ And wish that more about Middle-Earth could be,/ Behold! Here it is, down to the origin of Orcs/ And the singing of the Ainu in sweet melody./ The great elves in battle against Morgoth and Sauron/ Men of the West in their earliest days./ Battles with dragons--like the mighty Glaurung./ A multitude of tales told in multiple ways/ Many of these tales are in a more coherent book--/ The Silmarillion is its name. / Yet though it is beautiful--more fluid to look--/ It does not delve as deep, page upon page./ There is the Lay of Leithian / In its poetic might,/ Unlike the version in the Silmarillion,/ Which does not pierce the heart with a sword so bright./ And so you come to ask me,/ 'Why four stars, not five?'/ I must give you my answer,/ And be honest--not lie./ The Histories of Middle-Earth, I must confess--/ As enjoyable as they may be-- / It is, for the most part, an utter mess/ That often confused and baffled me./ Tales told by the old, the young, and great scribes/ Each varying by telling/ Difficult on the mind,/ Sending my head spinning, like the tide swelling,/ Like the Earth rending, in fire and ice./ And yet still an entertaining/ Legend-revealing device. ---Ryan Robledo Author of the Aelnathan
This set is only the first five books of the 11-book set loosely grouped under the heading of "The History of Middle Earth". Based on the writings of JRR Tolkien, and compiled by his son, Christopher, these books go into detail and depth on the many versions and side-themes/plots that surround the more well-known published tomes of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings". These books are NOT easy reading. But, for people truly interested in the history of Middle Earth and the events that are touched on in other books of the series such as "The Silmarillion" and "The Children of Hurin", they are absolutely invaluable. If you get this set and are happy reading them, then I recommend purchasing the remaining volumes in the HoME grouping to get the full story.
Incredible Collection of Tolkien's Stories.