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Peoples of Middle-Earth (History of Middle-Earth) by Christopher Tolkien
ISBN: 0261103482
ISBN13: 978-0261103481
Author: Christopher Tolkien
Book title: Peoples of Middle-Earth (History of Middle-Earth)
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Pages: 512 pages
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd (July 31, 2002)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1487 kb
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Category: Fantasy

The concluding volume of The History of Middle-earth series, which examines the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings. The Peoples of Middle-earth traces the evolution of the Appendices to The Lord of The Rings, which provide a comprehensive historical structure of the Second and Third Ages, including Calendars, Hobbit genealogies and the Westron language. The book concludes with two unique abandoned stories: The New Shadow, set in Gondor during the Fourth Age, and the tale of Tal-elmar, in which the coming of the dreaded Numenorean ships is seen through the eyes of men of Middle-earth in the Dark Years. With the publication of this book, the long history of J.R.R. Tolkien's creation is completed and the enigmatic state of his work can be understood.

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The last, & IMHO the best, of the "History of Middle-Earth" series. The full 12-volume "History" is actually a collection of Tolkien's writings (first, second & even subsequent drafts, marginalia, comments & expansions, etc.) pertaining to his published tales - in this instance, the Prologue & Appendices to "The Lord of the Rings," as well as some additional materials connected to "The Silmarillion." Painstakingly & lovingly assembled by his son Christopher, this volume includes Tolkien's own extensive notes on languages & characters' names & histories that were omitted (for reasons of space) from LOTR. J.R.R. Tolkien was a brilliant philologist, & his deep understanding & love of the English language in general, & ancient English in particular, permeates his work. He was also extremely, almost fanatically, conscientious about ensuring that his mythology, once in print, remained internally consistent. (A whole chapter is dedicated to "The Problem of 'Ros'" - a suffix found in names such as Elros & Cair Andros - when Tolkien was creating his Sindarin & Adunaic languages.) Full of insights into the mind of a brilliantly imaginative writer. I took an almost physical delight in this book.
I agree with Darrell H. 's review of this book. However i gave it an extra star for some of the extra tales contained there in. This series is ONLY Recommended for the hardcore Tolkien fan. Most of the commentary in between is an analysis of Toliens writing and i found it tediously boring. I really dont care about a certain letter or note found in a drawer with some scribbled writing on it about some obscure tale that is 3 sentences long. I also found the paragraph and subsection references very confusing. The lost chapter of "The New Shadow" is mindnumbingly boring. Other than that it does contain a gold mine of interesting information such as: The Family Trees, Calenders, The Tale of Years of the Second and Third Ages and my personal favorite: The Heirs of Elendil. I definitly recomend it for even casual readers to skim through for the interesting bit...Treat it as a treasure hunt that costs less than 20 bucks.
Well, ahem, how would I describe the plot of this book? Err, um... heh. I can't! But that doesn't matter. If you love the characters of Middle-earth, this book reveals so much of the rich history that Tolkien created. I absolutely love it for referring to his languages, character names, and background character stories. I also find it very interesting to read Tolkien's early drafts. I appreciate the commentary by Christopher Tolkien that clarifies it.
One of the best of the History of Middle Earth series. See especially the portion on the Appendices, which contains excellent linguistic analysis of the Hobbit's original language and the various framing devices by which it is "translated" to English. Also see "The Shibboleth of Feanor," required reading for any Tolkien fan.
I'm writing this review not around the book but if I remember right I don't believe the book I got looked like the one in the pic. Well if it don't look like that then it's a better looking cover. I'm very happy to finally complete my collection of the history of middle earth with this book. Book dealer sent out quick and book is in great condition. Thanks for the book.
good book
Great addition to my collection
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.
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