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The Peoples of Middle earth The History of Middle Earth 12 JRR Tolkien Christopher Tolkien EditorThe Peoples of Middle earth 1996 is the 12th and final volume of The History of Middle earth edited by Christopher Tolkien from the unpublished manuscripts of his father J R R Tolkien Some characters including Anair the wife of Fingolfin only appear here as do a few other works that did not fit anywhere else 2011 20 1996 04061399 If any fantasy author claims to have created a better world than Tolkien just slam all 12 copies of HoME down on the table and tell them to take a damn seat And here we are the final volume of the History of Middle Earth For this last entry Christopher Tolkien goes back to the Lord of the Rings showing his father s development of what became the Appendices I emember after finishing the four volumes of the History of the Lord of the Rings volumes 6 9 of the History of Middle Earth feeling that it didn t seem uite finished The History of the Lord of the Rings felt weighted heavily to the side of Tolkien s beginning of the story with a ushed incomplete account of side of Tolkien s beginning of the story with a ushed incomplete account of finishing So I was happy to go back in Volume When JRR Tolkien laid aside The Silmarillion in 1937 the extension of the originall 'mythology' into later Ages of the world had scarcely begun It was in the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings that there emerged a comprehensive historical structure and chronology of the Second and Third Ages embracing all the diverse strands that came together in the War of the Ring The difficulty that he found in providing these Appendices leading to the delay in The Publication Of The publication of The .
2 to the finishing touches of the Lord of the Rings Also it happens that there are a lot of fascinating details in the writing and evising of the Appendices though others in my family did not always share my excitement about the ways that Tolkien translated Hobbit names into the published formThe middle of the book with A LONG SECTION ON PHONOLOGICAL CHANGES IN UENYA AND long section on phonological changes in uenya and was a bit of a slog for me Interesting as a eference for Tolkien s linguistic creation but not as engrossing for me at this time at least for simply Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality reading start to finishI d hoped that the end of the book would include some kind ofeflections from Christopher looking back over his own journey through the decades he s worked on his father s unpublished material I would ve enjoyed even a brief Afterword something of a Here s what it feels like to be at the end of this project But no there s nothing like that the book just ends In some ways Christopher has shown himself to be ather unsentimental though one might suggest that the entire History project is thoroughly sentimental But the
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section of book brings me back to what attracted me to Middle Ear. Rn of the King is well known but in The Peoples of Middle earth Christopher Tolkien shows that early forms of these works already existed years before in essays and ecords differing greatly from the published forms He traces the evolution of the Calendars the Hobbit genealogies the Westron greatly from the published forms He traces the evolution of the Calendars the Hobbit genealogies the Westron or Common Speach from which many words and names are ecorded that were afterwards lost and the chronological structure of the later AgesOther writings by JRR Tolkien are included. Th to begin with not phonology geography or calendars but Story My Interest In Digging My interest in digging into Tolkien s creative process got me through many pages of detail about minute changes to maps the logic behind me through many pages of detail about minute changes to maps the logic behind choices changes in the numbers of days in each month for different peoples of Middle Earth and so forth But I first loved Middle Earth because of the stories And so I think it s beautiful that the History series concludes with two unfinished stories one from after the death of Aragorn and one from earlier when the Numenoreans were landing on the western shores Of Middle Earth I Liked Middle Earth I liked that even at the end of his life Tolkien himself was pushing out the borders of the storytelling finding new places to learn about and new narrative perspectives on the history of his subcreationThis has been a wonderful journey through the development of Middle Earth Parts of the books I ll go back to occasionally and I do think I will someday ead through the entire series again For serious Tolkienites only This is like a history book on Middle Earth and is not similar to The Hobbit or The LOTR Unparalleled unmistakable unsurpassed. In this final volume of The History of MIddle earth chiefly deriving from his last years when new insights and new constructions still freely arose as he pondered the history that he had created This book concludes with two soon abandoned stories both uniue in the setting of time and place The New Shadow in Gondor of the Fourth Age and the tale of Tal elmar in which the coming of the dreaded Númenórean ships is seen through the eyes of men of Middle earth in the Dark Years. .

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