- Series: History of Middle-Earth (Book 12)
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Harper Collins; First Edition edition (1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0261103377
- ISBN-13: 978-0261103375
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,523,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The peoples of Middle Earth: The History of Middle Earth, Volume 12 Hardcover – Import, 1996
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What we learn from the lengthy source material is that Tolkien really did anticipate many fannish questions and tried to answer them. A great deal of information concerning Hobbits, Elves, and the Edain (and Dunedain) was to be included. The essay "Of Dwarves and Men" also provides a fantastic study of early Second Age culture in the lands beyond the Misty Mountains. Unfinished Tales had led us to believe there was nothing more to be learned about the Second Age, but at the end of the History of Middle-earth series Christopher Tolkien unloaded a bombshell.
Peoples of Middle-earth also includes the previously unpublished opening pages for The New Shadow, the sequel J.R.R. Tolkien almost wrote to The Lord of the Rings. It begins after Aragorn has died and hints at a dark plot to overthrow King Eldarion. Sadly, Tolkien felt no passion for the story, which he deemed would be no better than a thriller. So he abandoned it just as the first taint of evil arose.
Tolkien researchers will also find that "The Shibboleth of Feanor" sets out the final and complete genealogy for Finwe's descendants, and several accompanying essays explain minor details alluded to throughout the History of Middle-earth books.
Thank you, Professor (Christopher) Tolkien for making these books, stories, essays, and notes available. And thank YOU, Professor (JRR) Tolkien for sharing with the world, your world of Middle-Earth.
May your soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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This book arrived in excellent condition. I am very happy with my purchase.Published 4 months ago by Bruce
Well, ahem, how would I describe the plot of this book? Err, um... heh. I can't! But that doesn't matter. Read morePublished 11 months ago by L. Green
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A fascinating read. But this purchase is best reserved for Tolkien fans whose taste bends to the academic investigation of the author's process.Published 15 months ago by Ashley J.
Essential resource for the Tolkien world. This reference work helped fill out my knowledge of the Peoples of Middle Earth, and is well worth the cost.Published 16 months ago by Amy Nicolai