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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lay of the Histories, December 15, 2008
This review is from: The Histories of Middle Earth, Volumes 1-5 (Mass Market Paperback)
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 aged 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.

Post Poem Script:

Forgive my poor meter--
It's so very drear.
You can watch it peter
Out there and out here.

I am no Longfellow,
Nor Edgar A. Poe
Yet rhyme is like bellows
That makes the fires go.

Once I have started
I can't even think to quit.
I feel lighthearted,
Though my poems be poorly writ.

Ryan Robledo
Author of the Aelnathan:
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Initial post: Dec 24, 2009 12:19:32 PM PST
CBWriter says:
this is so cool! you must send it to Christopher himself if he is still around.(search for the Tolkien estates)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2010 1:20:35 AM PDT
R.J. Robledo says:
Thanks! At least somebody liked it. And yes, Christopher Tolkien is still among the living.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 9:34:04 PM PST
One of the most interesting reviews I have ever read. Keep up the good work.

Posted on May 5, 2012 3:36:07 PM PDT
The coolest review I've ever seen.
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