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The Lost Road and Other Writings (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 5) Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 1996
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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 Numenor, 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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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in World War I, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world. He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of eighty-one.
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That being said, I am a Tolkien lover and I love these books. I even bought two editions of each HoME volume, the hardbound for keeps and the paperback mass market edition to read and make notes. They are well worth the money!
Lastly, I wanted to mention that in the written Elvish script Tolkien seems to have "borrowed" from several other languages including Hebrew. At least one Elvish vowel looks very much like the Hebrew vowel "Segol" ( the "eh" sound) except that he places the dots on top of the consonant and inverts the dots. An interesting history of Tolkien's writing process, however.
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