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on March 25, 1998
These are the earliest versions of the legends which were posthumously compiled as The Silmarillion. Most of the stories are MUCH more detailed than they later became, and Tolkien's style is very dense, more imitative of Old English than it later became. It is remarkable how fully Tolkien had already conceived of these legends at a very early age. Although lacking its later refinement, Tolkien's mastery of modern English as a medium for expressing the epic style of Old English works is very evident and quite enjoyable. The Fall of Gondolin and the legend of Turin Turambar are more compellingly told in their full, earlier versions. Christopher Tolkien (son of J.R.R.) deserves credit for very comprehensive annotations. I loved it, as I love all Tolkien's works.
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The Books of Lost Tales 1 and its subsequent sequels are the collections of stories from the early twentieth century by JRR Tolkien that were later refined into The Silmarillion which was then refined further into The Lord of the Rings. Although several details are different, it is very easy to see in these stories the building blocks of Middle Earth and indeed the very progenitor of modern fantasy. Don't, however, expect highly structured, memorable, or even easy to understand stories, for most of them were rough drafts written by Tolkien in his early journals and collected decades later by his son who tried very hard to make them readable. Not for anybody who fear literary disorganization and confusion.
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on February 11, 2004
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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on March 23, 2002
Wow! This book really suprized me! Having read LOTR I thought this book would have no comparison and guess what... I was right! LOTR was tons better but I enjoyed seeing the formation of Tolkein's ideas about everything from Balroqs to Middle Earth in general. But I warn you, the title is litteral. Some of these tales are not even finished. But the wonderful editing and commentary from Christopher Tokein made up for this. Yes, sometimes the meaningless comments on how the characters' names and such were formed gets pretty dull, but all in all this was and enjoyable book. I would definatly ONLY recomend it to people who read LOTR.
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on February 14, 2000
The Book of Lost Tales 1 is certainly not a lost book. Although the prose may sometimes be quite confusing, not to mention the subject matter, it is nonetheless a very intriguing book. It sheds light to the spark that created the conflagration that is now the entire Middle-Earth legacy. If you truly wish to unravel the history of Middle-Earth, this book is one of the tools to do so. Enjoy reading this book and the secrets it contains.
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on May 1, 1997
Christopher Tolkien seems to have left the lecture stand in favor of a comfortable chair by a warm fire in a roadside inn. Vol. 2 of the Lost Tales has the feel of a spun yarn, while giving insight to the works of JRR. Each tale further fills out the tapestry of Middle Earth. In this Vol, Christopher is able to show insight without coming across as a law text. Much bette
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on January 12, 1998
This book was the "first" silmarillion, that Tolkien wrote during and directly after the first world war. It contains some of the first 'real' stories that he conceived about middle earth.
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