Unfinished Tales

ISBN: 9780261103627
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Publisher,Harper Collins
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Format, Paperback
Weight, 410 g
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The popular paperback edition of this fascinating collection of stories, which continue the tales of The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and contains an alternative version of The Children of Hurin.

Unfinished Tales is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and provides those who have read The Lord of the Rings with a whole collection of background and new stories from the twentieth century's most acclaimed popular author.

The book concentrates on the realm of Middle-earth and comprises such elements as Gandalf's lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan.

Unfinished Tales also contains the only story about the long ages of Numenor before its downfall, and all that is known about such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantiri and the legend of Amroth. The tales were collated and edited by JRR Tolkien's son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien, who provides a short commentary on each story, helping the reader to fill in the gaps and put each story into the context of the rest of his father's writings.

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Sheila Ann
Unfinished Tales

Ive only read untill Tour have met Voronme, but until there, is excitement and thrilled..

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cheqain
Unfinished Tales

This is the first work that showed us how Tolkien's obsessive perfectionism was a double-edged sword. On the one hand it gave us the wonderfully deep world and implied distances of The Lord of the Rings; and on the other hand it left us with a jumble of tales in various states of revision and development that had to be compiled by Tolkien's son Christopher into some form as The Silmarillion and enjoyed this, it was just so great to learn more about both old and new characters!!

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NOORSYAZWANI
Great book

This book is extensive in detail, with a myriad of names and places to try and remember and make sense of, and at the same time apply it to several time lines and plots one should already know from the Lord of the Rings series. This is indeed heavy reading and text-book like at times and really should only be undertook by someone who is already familiar with Middle Earth. Many answers are solved and some mysteries revealed. I particularly enjoyed learning about the kingdom of Numenor and the origins of the five wizards, and Gandalf's endeavors in the decades leading up to the war of the ring. There is also captivating new characters and stories from the first two ages that you will enjoy. There is a lot to absorb in this book, but it's well worth it in my opinion.

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Ikram Kausari
A really amazing work and enjoyable read if you're a die-hard Tolkien fan.

This is the first work that showed us how Tolkien's obsessive perfectionism was a double-edged sword. On the one hand it gave us the wonderfully deep world and implied distances of The Lord of the Rings; and on the other hand it left us with a jumble of tales in various states of revision and development that had to be compiled by Tolkien's son Christopher into some form as The Silmarillion...a jumble of tales that, if they had been finished, would have given us a truly staggering body of work. Just reading the fragment that makes up the entirety of "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin" makes me weep for what might have been. Given the chance to expand even half of the partial tales from _The Silmarillion_ into something equating the full treatment of the LotR would have been a wonder indeed.

Even given the incomplete nature of the works herein, the reader is greatly repaid the effort of reading them even though many tantalizing questions are left unanswered. We get perhaps the only significant view of the land of Numenor in the Second Age; intriguing glimpses into the nature of the Istari, the Woodwoses, and the Palantiri and expansions on the background of the Third Age and the events that led up to both The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.