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The Book of Lost Tales is a collection of early stories by English writer J. R. R. Tolkien, published as the first two volumes of Christopher Tolkien's volume. The Book of Lost Tales 1 stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor. Embedded in English legend and English association, . The extraordinary history of Middle-earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien The Book of Lost Tales stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle- earth.


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The Book of Lost Tales Part One (sometimes here abbreviated The Book of Lost Tales 1) (ISBN ) is the title of the first volume of Christopher. The Book of Lost Tales Part One is the first volume of The History of Middle-earth. It describes the beginning of the conception of Middle-earth. J.R.R Tolkien, The Book Of Lost Tales The purpose of this blog is to promote Tolkien's earliest writings and allow Tolkien fans to get more familiar with them.

So now I find myself re-embarking on the journey from the beginning and tackling the very Book of Lost Tales part one that defeated me in my youth. I will readily admit that much of the poetry in this volume leaves something to be desired. I am not one of those readers of Tolkien that skips over the poems, and I think that many of them are quite beautiful esp.

Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear, and sadness. All of these tales are ones that a reader of The Silmarillion will already be familiar with: It is indeed a fascinating peek over the shoulder of Tolkien as he writes his tales and we finally start to get a glimpse of the sheer magnitude of the effort that his son expended simply in producing from the jumble of inter-related texts about the legends of the Elves a volume as slim and relatively cohesive as The Silmarillion.

View all 6 comments. Ask yourself if you read and enjoyed The Silmarillion? If the answer is 'yes', then you might like this book. If the answer is 'no, I haven't read The Silmarillion', then read that before this book.

If the answer is 'no, I don't like like The Silmarillion', then you won't like this book. This book will give you insight into the early thoughts and ideas that eventually became the Silmarillion.

If you are or want to be a hardcore Tolkien fan then this book is a must, but for most casual fans of STOP: If you are or want to be a hardcore Tolkien fan then this book is a must, but for most casual fans of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit it isn't. View all 4 comments. Jul 07, Jay rated it really liked it.

Having read The Hobbit , The Lord of the Rings , and The Silmarillion many times since I was a teen, as well as Tolkien's papers, letters, and biographies, I decided it was time to go the last mile and read his son Christopher's annotated compilation of the Professor's earlier drafts. It covers topics familiar to anyone who has read The Silmarillion --the creation of the world, the making of Valinor, the Valars' conflict with Melkor, the Awakening Having read The Hobbit , The Lord of the Rings , and The Silmarillion many times since I was a teen, as well as Tolkien's papers, letters, and biographies, I decided it was time to go the last mile and read his son Christopher's annotated compilation of the Professor's earlier drafts.

It covers topics familiar to anyone who has read The Silmarillion --the creation of the world, the making of Valinor, the Valars' conflict with Melkor, the Awakening of the Elves, and the Coming of Men--but in some of the earlier drafts the details vary greatly with the "canonical" versions.

What's more, all the tales in this volume are presented as having been told around a fire to Eriol, a traveler visiting the Elves living on the island of Tol Eressea. Chritospher explains how that island, in his father's imagination, was an analog to the English county of Warwickshire, and bolsters the claims of those that the Shire was an allegorical representation of England, and Middle-Earth as a whole was analogical to Europe though the Professor vehemently denied the latter.

In the tales--and most particularly in Christopher Tolkien's very careful commentary--one can also trace the evolution of the Quenya and Sindarin languages.

I had often wondered where the various Elvish dictionaries got their extensive word lists from, since so little was presented in the canon; now I know, and am thrilled to find such a trove of vocabulary. I think you are moved by Celebrimbor because it conveys a sudden sense of endless untold stories: Mountains seen far away, never to be climbed, distant trees never to be approached - or if so only to become near trees Sep 15, Brian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It appears obvious Tolkien read a mass amount of mythology and fell in love with it in childhood and in his young-adult years.

The skill of his storytelling overwhelms me. Eriol, a mortal man visits Tol Eressia an ancient Elvish city of Middle Earth and sits to listen to tales of history. The book contains stories within the story. That may be a literary reference to his son, Christopher, who compiled and edited these stories and provided exhaustive commentary. The stories give me overwhelming, intense pleasure.

They make me happy. Have you ever had a dream you wake up from and you feel a sense of loss because you wanted it to be true? Reading this, for me, is like entering that dream and attaining that unreachable desire.

He covers content in the Silmarillion, but in-depth. It starts with Eriol coming to The Cottage of Lost Play, a place for storytelling, which reminded me of the places ancients Greeks would discuss philosophy. The content includes: Illuvitar, the creator, and his creation of a pantheon and their struggle with Melkor, a rebellious member of that pantheon if this sounds familiar, Tolkien was Catholic.

It also covers periods of change over the creation which will inevitably become Middle-Earth. It covers the sad withdraw of the Valar to hide from Melkor and further corruption, which gives him potential rulership over what will become the place of men, dwarves, gnomes, elves and hobbits. The stories demand concentration, and it can be difficult to read.

Tolkien uses archaic, old-style language. The stories unfold as adult fairy tales that rely more on telling than showing. If a person can get past these potential hindrances, the stories can take you to another place and bring incredible pleasure, as well as temporary and necessary escape from stressful reality.

Jul 11, Dru rated it liked it Shelves: This will be my volume write-up of the entire series "The History of Middle Earth". It is somewhat interesting to see the evolution of the story for example, "Strider" was originally conceived as a Hobbit one of tho This will be my volume write-up of the entire series "The History of Middle Earth". It is somewhat interesting to see the evolution of the story for example, "Strider" was originally conceived as a Hobbit one of those who "went off into the blue with Gandalf" as alluded to in The Hobbit.

But the downside to this is that it isn't very fun to read. You can only read yet another version of Beren and Luthien so many times before you're tired of seeing the miniscule changes from one version to the next. So, overall, I slogged through this over about a year. I'd say it was worth it in the end for someone like me who loves Tolkien and his entire created world of Arda and Ea in general. But I'll never re-read them. They come off too much as seeming like Christopher Tolkien just bundled every scrap of paper he could find, rather than thinning them down into a logical consistency.

Vielmehr hat er so viel Inhalt, dass ich nicht zu viel auf einmal lesen konnte. Mittelerde und Co. View 2 comments. Sep 17, Artnoose McMoose rated it liked it Recommends it for: I had thought that this book was a bunch of stories in the Tolkien mythology that had never been published.

It was only after picking this book up at the library that I discovered what it actually is. After his father died, Christopher Tolkien first compiled, edited, and published The Silmarillion and then later made this twelve volume yes, twelve! This first book is what eventually was rewritten as T I had thought that this book was a bunch of stories in the Tolkien mythology that had never been published.

This first book is what eventually was rewritten as The Silmarillion, but how Tolkien had first envisioned the telling of the story, as a man named Eriol who stumbles upon an elfin island and bids everyone he meets to tell him their history of the world.

I've read the Silmarillion a couple of times, so I'm generally pretty familiar with the story. This is like reading Tolkien's first draft of The Silmarillion, which is a little bit weird. After each chapter, Christopher Tolkien describes how each story evolved into the final story in The Silmarillion.

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Ultimately, I think it's a better idea to read the author's final work rather than early drafts, but it's a little bit interesting to see how Tolkien changed various stories over time. Really, this is only a book for people who are very well acquainted with the story of Middle Earth and want more insight into Tolkien's literary practice. I would even say that it doesn't make much sense to read this unless you've read The Silmarillion more than once.

View 1 comment. Jan 13, Dave Mosher rated it liked it. Don't pick this up unless you were very bummed about finishing the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion, and other greats -- and are craving more.

So much that you're willing to essentially sit back in a college-level literary analysis course. The stories are magical, and definitely "Tolkienesque", but at times it can be a tough read.

That's primarily because most of what Christopher Tolkien J. There is a lot of academic-style commentary, complete with name comparisons, investigations of intentional vs. If you don't like that kind of commentary, go ahead and skip right to the stories.

But be warned that they'll be bit confusing to piece into the Middle-Earth we know and love, and you will lose context of what's going on to understand why C. Tolkien arranged the book the way that he did. In one sentence - I'm fascinated. This book is real gem and beacon to all blurred and unclear parts in the final version of The Silmarillion. This book is missing link to onset of Tolkien's creation of his own mythology.

It's all about Valar and their deeds in creation of Arda. Also, Valar and their traits are much more developed than in The Silmarillion but many details from The Silmarillion are unmentioned or were unknown then.

Special part is devoted to Sun and Moon creation, after darkenin In one sentence - I'm fascinated. Special part is devoted to Sun and Moon creation, after darkening of the Valinor, and of its hiding. From those tales, I finally found the origin and learnt about creation of the Door of Night, and Gates of Morn.

Also, I recognized many Tolkien's inspirations from Norse mythology that he wove into this tales e. Nov 22, Alaina rated it really liked it Shelves: Ever since I started reading J. Tolkiens books this month I had this strong urge to read the short stories and learn more about the "middle-earth. I really liked how Christopher took his dads work and made it into the book of lost tales.

And now after reading these I'm even more pumped to read the rest of J. R's books. I seriously can't wait and I'm definitely going to read the second part of these lost tales.

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I hope they get better!! The effort involved sifting through his fathers notes and organizing them, which in itself is a difficult task. Oft time names were changed from story to story and Christopher had to decipher outlines and light pencil markings. In many a case we have just outlines and scant poems thrown around.

But this is the backstory to the Simarrilion. This is where Middle Earth according to Tolkien was created. The story line that comes out of this work is the same as that of Simarillion save that you will notice that names are different and there are multiple versions of the stories told. Look at the Simarrillion as the finished product.

Bear in mind that as I give you the summary I will not remember most of the names the language is difficult to work with. More over I wish to add in that at the end of each tale Christopher Tolkien included some notes. This at times helped clarify things and at other times it was rather confusing to read. Eriol, who was touched by the light of Earendel, is touched with a penchant for wandering. His marine adventures land him on the Lost Isle of Tol Erresea.

While sojourning there he ends up befriending a goodly number of Elven folk. Going through the town he comes to the capital city of Kothirion which is named after the city of Kor in Valinor. It is there that Eriol comes to the Cottage of Lost play.

To enter he must allow himself to become smaller. The Cottage is host to nightly gathering and revelry of story telling. Vaire and Lindo the hosts tell Eriol the history of the Middle Earth like his human ears have never heard before. Rumil tells him even more stories. At one point Eriol wishes to drink of the "Limpe" an elven drink that will give him elven immortality. To drink the Limpe is to side with elves until the end of time even if it means going against humans.

Eriol becomes hesitant. In the beginning Illuvatar created the Ainur and the rest of the universe by making music. Once the Ainur were created they were inputted a story and taught to make music.

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They make music and create the universe with Illuvatar. Illuvatar makes mansions and dwelling in the astral level for the ainur, but lurking in the outer reaches corrupting everything is Melkor. Illuvatr though is able to counter Melkor. Eventually the Ainur stop making music and see the world they have created.

It arda. Melkor with is dark designs goes down the arda in order to corrupt it. Several ainur choose to descend to Arada despite Illuvatar's not wanting them to. They descend. Here is the whole, glorious history of Middle-earth that J.

Tolkien brought to mythic and dramatic life with his classic fantasy novels of the Ring Cycle. Review quote "In these tales we have the scholar joyously gamboling in the thickets of his imagination. After serving in World War I, he embarked upon a distinguished academic career and was recognized as one of the finest philologists in the world.

He was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in He is, however, beloved throughout the world as the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic works as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, , at the age of eighty-one. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. If you've just finished reading The Silmarillion and you want to go on to the next volume, well this is it. This book begins the "Histories Of Middle-Earth. You get to see a lot more of the details of things that happen in The Silmarillion. These have enough differences to keep the readers interest and yet having read the ultimately published works gives them an ease to read.

This IS required reading for every Tolkien student. This is the small paperback printing which is great and easy to have with you all the time. Let us say that over all this is a great tome. The writing by JRR Tolkien for the most part is excellent, with a few passages that are a bit of a challenge to understand. The problem is not with JRR Tolkien's writing but rather with the extensive notes written by his son, Christopher Tolkien. Ok yeah I get it he want to explain the differences between the these rough versions of the story and the official in the Simarillion but he goes into over kill and frankly that is not needed.

The book continues with Eriol's sojourn in Tol Eressea. The elves of that island tell him several more tales and he tells them a few of his own. Eriol lived in a town on the Great Land and during a minor skirmish he lost everything.

His parents were killed and he was pressed into servitude. Eventually he escapes and he makes his way to Tol Eressea. His friend tell him the Tale of Tinuviel. Beren in this version is an elf not a human. Tinuviel is half faery and half elf. They fall in love when he ventures into their relam that is hidden from Melko by the queen's magic.

The Queen Gwendeling is a faery. The realm is made up of free elves both Noldoli and Avari elves. Now the king does not quite approve of this match so he challenges Beren to obtain one of the Simarils from Melko's crown. Beren sets off on his quest. He becomes a servant of Melko and his cat assistant Tevildo. After a long period of time Tinuviel longs for Beren and set out to rescue him.

Using magic that causes her foes to fall asleep she breaks into Melko's realm to rescue Beren. Huan the king of dogs help out and you know they hate cats. In the end there is a battle between the Wolf King and Beren and much like Tiw in the Norse legends he looses his hand. In a strange way they end up together. In Turumbar and Foaloke , the short version of "Hurin's Children" documents the wars of elves and men against Melko.

Hurin gets captured and tortured. Part of the torture involves watching the fait of his children. Turin goes off to King Thingol to be raised in his court.

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Turin becomes a great warrior, slaying off many orcs and goblin. But he ends up banishing himself from the court after killing another elf for insulting him.

He continues his adventures slaying orcs with a good friend from Thingols kingdom. They have many an adventure together but all that ends when Turin is rescued from the captivity with the Orcs. He does fall in love with an elven girl but loses her to Glurund Foaloke the dragon. He sees his mother's homestead taken over by a corrupt person. He kills the corrupt person get banished from his mothers village and gives himself the name Turumbar.

THE Dragon manages to steal away his sisters memory and the two end up connecting. In the end the Dragon is slain and the tainted gold is liberated. Things end off there but the book that was released later called "Hurin's Children" has a very different ending. Many elves and Noldoli are enslaved by Melko. Ulmo the sea god leads this elf to the city. His coming was fortold and much like a prophet he warns the inhabitant to leave and return to Valinor. His word is not heeded.

Our hero marries the elven princess and remains with her for many years.Visit our donation page and help support our free classes! I feel bad criticizing Tolkien for something published posthumously that he may not have considered worthy of publication in the state it is in. Sep 24, Sooperk rated it it was amazing.

Click on this link to skip the recap. Secondly the interaction between the different elf-races is profoundly different: That being said, they have the virtue of being able to show me just how much the constant work and revision, the lifetime of unceasing development, love and thought that went into them truly turned what were inspired, but limited stories into things that truly were comparable to the mythic workings of a people.

Cancel Save. It is interesting to see the beginnings of Arda, to see the seeds and roots of what was there at the very beginning and to see what has changed, gaining insight into how Middle-earth evolved in Tolkien's mind.

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