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The Book of Lost Tales 1(The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1992

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“In these tales we have the scholar joyously gamboling in the thickets of his imagination. . . . A commentary and notes greatly enrich the quest.”The Daily Telegraph

“Affords us an almost over-the-shoulder view into the evolving creative process and genius of J.R.R. Tolkien in a new, exciting aspect . . .The superb, sensitive, and extremely helpful commentary and editing done by Christopher Tolkien make all of this possible.”
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LOST TALES, I, stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor. Here is the whole, glorious history of Middle-earth that J.R.R. Tolkien brought to mythic and dramatic life with his classic fantasy novels of the Ring Cycle.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0345375211
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Del Rey; Reprint edition (June 1, 1992)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 344 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780345375216
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0345375216
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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This is the first US hardcover edition published in 1984 by Houghton Muffin, and was part of a collection of 12 similarly sized and designed books. Book 1 and 2 titled 'The Lost Tales' are actually published in 'The Silmarillion'. Read individually, these tales are stunning additions to the lore of Middle-earth, but as others have observed, ignore those of the Hobbits, and introduces many new words in Quenya and Gnomish which begs a comprehensive dictionary, and fortunately we have a spare glossary in the Appendix. Even so cross-referencing is necessary. In the Tale of the Sun and Moon, we read of the Kulullin, but what is it? The glossary refers to this as from the Gnomish culu, and no more. Investigate further and you find out what it means in Quenya... Apparently, Tolkien - son and father - want you, the reader and enthusiast - to encounter the text as it is, as if these were exactly as some ancient editor left it, not indexed as if with the aid of modern computers. It's impossible to own just Book I of XII, but in fact, I bought this because this specific edition was among the missing volumes of my collection.
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