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The war of the jewels : the later Silmarillion, part two, the legends of Beleriand

Author: J R R Tolkien; Christopher Tolkien
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, ©1994.
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In Volumes Ten and Eleven of The History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien recounts from the original texts the evolution of his father's work on The Silmarillion, the legendary history of the Elder Days or First Age, from the completion of The Lord of the Rings in 1949 until J.R.R. Tolkien's death. In volume ten, Morgoth's Ring, the narrative was taken only as far as the natural dividing point in the work, when  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J R R Tolkien; Christopher Tolkien
ISBN: 0395710413 9780395710418
OCLC Number: 31411320
Description: xii, 470 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. The grey annals --
pt. 2. The later Quenta Silmarillion. Of men --
Of the siege of Angband --
Of Beleriand and its realms --
Of Turgon and the building of Gondolin --
Concerning the dwarves --
Of the coming of men into the West --
Of the ruin of Beleriand and the fall of Fingolfin --
The last chapters --
pt. 3. The wanderings of Húrin and other writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion. The wanderings of Húrin --
Ælfwine and Dírhaval --
Maeglin --
Of the Ents and the Eagles --
The tale of years --
pt. 4. Quendi and Eldar.
Responsibility: J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien.
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In Volumes Ten and Eleven of The History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien recounts from the original texts the evolution of his father's work on The Silmarillion, the legendary history of the Elder Days or First Age, from the completion of The Lord of the Rings in 1949 until J.R.R. Tolkien's death. In volume ten, Morgoth's Ring, the narrative was taken only as far as the natural dividing point in the work, when Morgoth destroyed the Trees of Light and fled from Valinor bearing the stolen Silmarils. In The War of the Jewels, the story returns to Middle-earth and the ruinous conflict of the High Elves and the Men who were their allies with the power of the Dark Lord. With the publication in this book of all J.R.R. Tolkien's later narrative writing concerned with the last centuries of the First Age, the long history of The Silmarillion, from its beginnings in The Book of Lost Tales, is completed; the enigmatic state of the work at his death can now be understood. A chief element in The War of the Jewels is a major story of Middle-earth, now published for the first time - a continuation of the great "saga" of Turin Turambar and his sister Nienor, the children of Hurin the Steadfast. This is the tale of the disaster that overtook the forest people of Brethil when Hurin came among them after his release from long years of captivity in Angband, the fortress of Morgoth. The uncompleted text of the Grey Annals, the primary record of the War of the Jewels, is given in full; the geography of Beleriand is studied in detail, with redrawings of the final state of the map; and a long essay on the names and relations of all the peoples of Middle-earth shows more clearly than any writing yet published the close connection between language and history in Tolkien's world. The text also provides new information, including some knowledge of the divine powers, the Valar.

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