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Book Of Lost Tales 2 Hme 2 [Paperback]

J.R.R. Tolkien
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May 15 1992 History of Middle-Earth (Book 2)

This second part of The Book of Lost Tales includes the tales of Beren and Luthien, Turin and the Dragon, and the only full narratives of the Necklace of the Dwarves and the Fall of Gondolin. Each tale is followed by a commentary in the form of a short essay, together with the texts of associated poems, and contains extensive information on names and vocabulary in the earliest Elvish languages.


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'Christopher Tolkien shows himself to be his father's son... Tolkien devotees will rejoice' The New York Times Book Review 'In these Lost Tales we have the scholar joyously gambolling in the thicket of his imagination... a Commentary and Notes greatly enrich the quest' Daily Telegraph 'The Tales will be appreciated by those who have read The Silmarillion andwish to examine how Tolkien improved his story and style from their original form, and how weventually The Lord of the Rings came to stand independently with only a few hints from the early mythology' British Book News

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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3 January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognised as one of the finest philologists in the world. He is best known as the creator of Middle-Earth and author of the classic works The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. His books are translated into over 24 languages and have sold many millions of copies world-wide. He was awarded a CBE, and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University in 1972. He died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Overview of The History of Middle-earth Series Dec 6 2008
By Michael W. Perry TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Collections of an author's work are often confusing, particularly when what the author has created is as complex as Tolkien's writings. Here's an overview of the twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, which was edited by his son Christopher Tolkien. Hopefully, it will help you select which book or books to buy.

Keep something in mind. In the U.S. Houghton Mifflin publishes Tolkien's authorized works in hardback and trade paperback editions, while Ballantine Books publishes them as cheaper mass-market paperbacks. For some reason, Ballantine doesn't always make it clear that some of their titles are part of the same History of Middle-earth series as those published by Houghton Mifflin. If the title is the same, the content is the same. Which you buy depends on your taste in books and finances. I have copies of both.

GROUP ONE, VOLUMES I - V, EARLY TALES

These five volumes deal primarily Tolkien's writings before the publication of The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-55). In them, Tolkien was struggling as a still unknown author to create his first history of Middle-earth.

Vol 1 & 2, The Book of Lost Tales Part 1 ( 1983) & 2 (1984). The Book of Lost Tales was written during the 1910s and 1920s. Wikipedia describes it this way: "The framework for the book is that a mortal Man visits the Isle of Tol Eressëa where the Elves live. In the earlier versions of the `Lost Tales' this man is named Eriol, of some vague north European origin, but in later versions he becomes Ælfwine, an Englishman of the Middle-ages."

Vol. 3, The Lays of Beleriand (1985). These are collections of poems, many of them incomplete, written between the 1920s and the late 1940s.

Vol 4, The Shaping of Middle-earth (1986).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The History of middle earth's second chapter. Feb. 11 2004
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Format:Hardcover
The Book of Lost Tales 2 starts off right where the first book finished. The different tales in this book prove to be a great summary of the history of middle earth. The commentaries that the tales have are done by Christopher Tolkien. These commentaries, combined with the notes that also are in the tales, make understanding this book much easier than one would think after taking a quick glance through the tales. Overall this book was wonderful. It was difficult to read at times but it is a great book for all Tolkein fans. I would highly reccomend this for anybody who is interested in the mystical, wonderful world of Tolkein's Middle Earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More from the Master Jan. 3 2004
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This book picks up where the first left off, opening with the tale of Tinuviel. It then carries you through the original conceptions Turin (Turambar and the Foaloke), and then on to Tuor (the fall of Gondolin). After these stories it gets a little harder to follow as the notes that Christopher uses become much more mish-mashed.
The tale of Tinuviel is interesting because this is one that goes through many different changes.
the basic story is there but it was written at the time when the silmarills were just becoming an important part of the whole mythology. Another surprising change is that Beren, who in the Silmarillion becomes the first Man to wed an Elf is here concieved of as an elf himself. That might throw Aragorn's long lineage out of whack! Also the necomancer (a.k.a. Sauron) is here a giant cat (Tevildo lord of the cats) with his own castle.
In Turambar and the Foaloke there are relativly few changes, most of them being changes of wording and name changes. Tis is one of the most sorrowful stories that I have ever read, though it is also one of me favorite. The only thing better than reading this is picking up a copy of Unfinished Tales and reading the final version that he worked on.
The most interesting and in my view rewarding tale in here is the fall of Gonddolin. I say this because this is the only place where you can find a finished version. The version in the Silmarillion though excellent was really written to be an oral piece, therefore being much shortened. The reason it was chosen as the official published version is because it was also revised to fit in Middle-Earth's history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What You Didn't Read in The Silmarillion Jan. 4 2002
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The Book of Lost Tales 2 tells the tales that you didn't exactly see in the final published version of the Silmarillion. It brings new insight to the background of how Tolkien wrote these stories while he was still conceiving the very beginnings of this magical world that would evolve into the Silmarillion and the Lord of the Rings. This is for anyone for wants to know about Middle-Earth and Valinor than was explained in Tokien's earlier published works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book continues. . . Nov. 19 2001
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. . .the work begun in "The Book of Lost Tales, Part 1" and carries the earliest versions of what would eventually become "The Silmarillion" through to their completion.
Any hobbit who owns the first volume in this series, will wish to acquire this title as well.
Highly recommended -- but does not stand alone well without the first book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning, Continued. . . Dec 20 2000
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Do you love the fiction of JRR Tolkien? Are you interested in the very beginning of the legends? The stories that evolved into "The Silmarillion"? Then you must purchase "The Book of Lost Tales, part 2". Here you will find, thanks to the loving research and editing of Tolkien's son Christopher, more early accounts of the stories, legends and poems that became Tolkien's life work. Begun during the First World War, the legends occupied the remaining 55 years of Tolkien's life.
You cannot begin to fully appreciate "The Lord of the Rings" without reading "The Silmarillion" -- and this volume, like "The Book of Lost Tales, part 1" provides the very beginning of what became "The Silmarillion".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!
The book that follows up THE BOOK OF LOST TALES 1
Very good book more holding than the first and a must for all tolkien fans!
Published on Feb. 24 2000 by "jayjayhill"
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all tolkien fans or any other fantasy reader
No person can Realy do tolkien justice for all the greats he has written for us. I feel this book was far superior to the first becaus it held together a little better.
Published on May 24 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The great epic continues
Part Two continues the history of the Elves and contains the oldest version of my personal favorite story "The Tale of Tinuviel". Read more
Published on Dec 18 1998 by Nocturnal_Rapture
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Middle Earth volume better than the first
In the second volume of The History of Middle Earth, Christopher Tolkien once again does a superb job in showing his father's early view of Elvish histories and giving his... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 1998 by olorin69@hotmail.com
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis good for people who like the Olde Englysshe epic style
These are the earliest versions of the legends which were posthumously compiled as The Silmarillion. Read more
Published on March 25 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Lost Tales outshines the first, Tolkien at his best
This book has the definitive account of the fall of Gondolin, which is Tolkien's best portrayel of the valour of Elves in defence against Morgoth, the dark Lord, If you have read... Read more
Published on Dec 16 1997 by wfps13a@prodigy.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Much improved over Vol 1
Christopher Tolkien seems to have left the lecture stand in favor of a comfortable chair by a warm fire in a roadside inn. Vol. Read more
Published on May 1 1997
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