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The Lost Road and Other Writings (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 5) [Mass Market Paperback]

J.R.R. Tolkien , Christopher Tolkien
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September 30, 1996 The Histories of Middle-earth (Book 5)
The History of Middle-earth 5
Edited by Christopher Tolkien
INKLINGS OF GREATNESS . . .
J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis were friends and fellow members of the literary circle known as The Inklings. It is hardly surprising that, at one point, these talented gentlemen embarked on a challenge: Lewis was to write on "space-travel" and Tolkien on "time-travel."
Lewis' novel, Out of the Silent Planet, became the first book of a science fiction trilogy. Tolkien's unfinished story, The Lost Road, chronicles the original destruction of Númenor, a pivotal event of the Second Age of Middle-earth.
In this fifth volume of The History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien brings Middle-earth to its state at the writing of The Lord of the Rings. Entertaining and informative, THE LOST ROAD AND OTHER WRITINGS offers fresh insights into the evolution of one of the world's most enduring fantasies.

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This is the fifth of six projected volumes on "The History of Middle-Earth." The complex revisions to Quenta Silmarillion , included here, give yet another insight into Tolkien's methods of reworking the rich ore of his linguistic knowledge and imagination, while the etymological dictionary of the Elvish languages reinforces his achievement in creating a self-contained world that yet penetrates our own. Still, only readers steeped in Tolkien's mythology will fully appreciate the discussion of The Lost Road 's relation to The Fall of Numenor. Riches for linguistic scholars and initiates, but casual readers will be much perplexed. Barbara J. Dunlap, City Coll. Lib., CUNY
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Christopher Tolkien shows himself to be his father's son... Tolkien devotees will rejoice' The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: The Histories of Middle-earth (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (September 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345406850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345406859
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For any Tolkien linguist this is REQUIRED READING January 16, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book contains the Etymologies of the Elvish languages. This is the prime source of all current vocabulary in Quenya, Sindarin, Telerin and all other Elvish tongues.
I HIGHLY recommend that any serious student of Tolkien's languages buy this book.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Lost Road, the fifth book in the History of Middle Earth series, publishes for the first time the background material on Middle Earth J.R.R. Tolkien created for his own use as he wrote Lord of the Rings. Some of this draft material was edited and published posthumously in The Silmarillion. The Lost Road includes much of the material found in The Silmarillion in its previous incarnations, all with commentary from JRRT's son, Christopher Tolkien. Included as well is The Lost Road, a time-travel story Tolkien wrote at the behest of his good friend, C.S. Lewis (who was to work on a space-travel story). The Lost Road was never completed; Tolkien abandoned the idea midway.
Especially of interest to Tolkienian linguists are the Lhammas, or book of tongues, which outlines Tolkien's former conception of the dividing and multiplying of the Elvish languages. While this scenario is extremely out of sync with Tolkien's final conception, it is still of interest historically and important in order to understand the section that follows, the Etymologies.
The Etymologies are a /must/ for any Tolkienian linguist. They were and remain the greatest source of vocabulary in all the Elvish languages, and almost the only source for Primitive Elvish stems. While confusing to the non-technical reader, the Etymologies are still the main reference used by Tolkienian linguists. Allthough some of the material in the Etymologies is out of sync with what Tolkien imagined his languages to be as when he wrote Lord of the Rings, the changes necessary to bring Etymologies-style languages to 'modern' languages are mostly well documented.
In short, if you're just someone who enjoys Tolkien's works, this would be a fun read. If you're a serious Tolkienian linguist, this is a requirement.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Lost Road, the fifth book in the History of Middle Earth series, publishes for the first time the background material on Middle Earth J.R.R. Tolkien created for his own use as he wrote Lord of the Rings. Some of this draft material was edited and published posthumously in The Silmarillion. The Lost Road includes much of the material found in The Silmarillion in its previous incarnations, all with commentary from JRRT's son, Christopher Tolkien. Included as well is The Lost Road, a time-travel story Tolkien wrote at the behest of his good friend, C.S. Lewis (who was to work on a space-travel story). The Lost Road was never completed; Tolkien abandoned the idea midway.
Especially of interest to Tolkienian linguists are the Lhammas, or book of tongues, which outlines Tolkien's former conception of the dividing and multiplying of the Elvish languages. While this scenario is extremely out of sync with Tolkien's final conception, it is still of interest historically and important in order to understand the section that follows, the Etymologies.
The Etymologies are a /must/ for any Tolkienian linguist. They were and remain the greatest source of vocabulary in all the Elvish languages, and almost the only source for Primitive Elvish stems. While confusing to the non-technical reader, the Etymologies are still the main reference used by Tolkienian linguists. Allthough some of the material in the Etymologies is out of sync with what Tolkien imagined his languages to be as when he wrote Lord of the Rings, the changes necessary to bring Etymologies-style languages to 'modern' languages are mostly well documented.
In short, if you're just someone who enjoys Tolkien's works, this would be a fun read. If you're a serious Tolkienian linguist, this is a requirement.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great by Christopher Tolkien September 25, 1998
Format:Hardcover
In the fifth volume of The History of Middle Earth, Christopher Tolkien brings to light even more of his father's great stories. What started as a competition between Inkling members J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis almost became what looks to be a very good story (it ends after only two chapters), and was the foreshadowing of an even greater story--the Fall of Numenor. Tolkien also includes the later Annals of both Valinor and Beleriand, not to mention an early version of the Ainulindale. He also teases die hard fans with the Llamas and the Etymologies, which give new insight on Elvish languages. Also included is Tolkien's second Silmarillion map which shows how his understanding of Middle Earth's geography evolved. I recommend this book to any die hard Tolkien fan and to those who are casually strolling through this beautiful world of Middle Earth.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Tolkien Enthusiast February 2, 2004
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If you're a Tolkien scholar, you already know how good this book is. It provides insight into the process of creating many important stories in the Silmarillion, most notably the Downfall of Numenor. Most critically, if you are studying Tolkien languages (Quenya or Sindarin = elvish), you need this book, which includes Etymologies, an important reference. I'm studying Quenya, so this is pretty much mandatory reading.
But if you're reading this review, you're probably a Tolkien fan just browsing. In that case, my message to you is this. Read Lord of the Rings. Then, read the Hobbit and the Silmarillion. If you love the Silmarillion, and want a sense of how it developed over the decades, then get The Lost Road. Otherwise, it will probably be too dry an academic for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 1 month ago by L. Swan
4.0 out of 5 stars THE LOST ROAD = GREAT STORY what there is of it
the lost road is a great story but it is only 2 chapters long + lots of notes.
Published 4 months ago by Daniel McMullins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Road is an amazing Lost Tale
This volume contains one of my favorite stories, about a man from modern England who visits Middle Earth. Read more
Published on April 9, 2013 by Michael W Buehler
5.0 out of 5 stars Adding to the History
A mandatory piece of the History of Middle Earth. Contributes greatly to the overall story line. Important for long-time and dedicated Tolkien fans like myself.
Published on February 18, 2013 by James J. Bjaloncik
5.0 out of 5 stars For Tolkien lovers and Silmarillion groupies
Any one of the volumes of HoME (History of Middle Earth) is intended for those who are interested in having a glimpse of Tolkien's creative process and how his characters and the... Read more
Published on April 11, 2011 by Viv
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better HoME Books for Elvish Language Study
I agree with most of the reviews written below, but wanted to highlight the extreme utility of this book to the study of Tolkien's Elvish languages. Read more
Published on May 31, 2008 by H. Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique contribution . . .
. . . to the continued "The History of Middle-Earth" series.

In "The Lost Road", Christopher Tolkien brings his father's mythology to the point where writing "The Lord... Read more
Published on February 4, 2007 by David Zampino
4.0 out of 5 stars Important Linguistic Text and Map, Numenor Story
`The Lost Road' is the fifth volume in Christopher Tolkien's editions of his father, J. R. R. Tolkien's unpublished works, dedicated mostly to the history of the three ages which... Read more
Published on January 20, 2007 by B. Marold
5.0 out of 5 stars if you read the first four in the "history", then set your...
past reviewers keep saying these books are really hard. Now I graduated high school but have started college 3 different times and yet will have to start a 4th because certain... Read more
Published on March 12, 2006 by morgoth
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware
If you loved The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, you may not enjoy this book. Although it provides valuable Numenorean historical information, it is comprised of unfinished... Read more
Published on May 15, 2005 by Amazon Customer
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J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

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