The Book of Lost Tales 1 (The History of Middle-earth, Book 1)

by Christopher Tolkien

On Sale: 01/18/2024

The Book of Lost Tales 1 (The History of Middle-earth, Book 1)

by Christopher Tolkien

On Sale: 01/18/2024

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About the Book

Before The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the earliest myths and legends of Middle-earth and Valinor were laid down in The Book of Lost Tales, written by J.R.R. Tolkien between 1916 and 1920, and compiled by Christopher Tolkien for publication in 1983.

The Book of Lost Tales stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor, for the 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 to the lonely Isle where the Elves dwelt; from them he learned their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. In the Tales are found the earliest accounts of Gods and Elves, Dwarves, Balrogs and Orcs; of the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor; of the geography and cosmology of Tolkien’s invented world.

This first volume in Christopher Tolkien’s epic History of Middle-earth series is the perfect gateway for anyone wanting to tread deeper into the rich tapestry of Tolkien’s world and discover the evolution of the Middle-earth stories.

Critical Praise

‘Christopher Tolkien shows himself to be his father’s son… Tolkien devotees will rejoice’ The New York Times Book Review

‘In these Lost Tales we have the scholar joyously gambolling in the thicket of his imagination… a Commentary and Notes greatly enrich the quest’ Daily Telegraph

‘The Tales will be appreciated by those who have read The Silmarillion and wish to examine how Tolkien improved his story and style from their original form, and how eventually The Lord of the Rings came to stand independently with only a few hints from the early mythology’ British Book News

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780261102224
  • ISBN 10: 0261102222
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 01/18/2024
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Action & Adventure
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Classics
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC5 : FICTION / Romance / Fantasy

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