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Paper insert that accompanied Deluxe Editions of The Complete History of Middle-earthAlthough J.R.R. Tolkien is best-known for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, the writings which laid the groundwork for what must be the most fully realised sub-creation ever to spring from a single imagination were begun many years before the publication of The Hobbit, and indeed Tolkien continued to work upon its completion until his death in 1973.

In one of the single largest works of 'literary archaeology' ever undertaken, Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien's son and literary executor, edited the vast collection of manuscripts together with maps and illustrations and these were posthumously published in twelve volumes as The History of Middle-earth.

1.   The Book of Lost Tales, Part I
2.   The Book of Lost Tales, Part II
3.   The Lays of Beleriand
4.   The Shaping of Middle-earth
5.   The Lost Road and Other Writings
6.   The Return of the Shadow
7.   The Treason of Isengard
8.   The War of the Ring
9.   Sauron Defeated
10. Morgoth's Ring
11. The War of the Jewels
12. The Peoples of Middle-earth
       The End of the Third Age
       The History of Middle-earth Index

Each entry begins with a transcription of the tengwar inscription present on the title page of each volume.  This is followed by a list of the contents, starting with the frontispiece if present, all the way through to the Index.  The content of each chapter is indicated by the title, and any additional items of interest are listed afterwards.  Frontispieces may be absent from paperback editions.


The Book of Lost Tales, Part I
This is the first part of the Book of the Lost Tales of Elfinesse which Eriol the Mariner learned from the Elves of Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle in the Western Ocean, and afterwards wrote in the Golden Book of Tavrobel.  Herein are told the tales of Valinor, from the Music of the Ainur to the Exile of the Noldoli and the Hiding of Valinor.

Frontispiece - I Vene Kemen (The World-Ship) (A drawing showing the world in the form of a ship)

Foreword

1. The Cottage of Lost Play

  • Includes the texts of the poems:
    • You & Me and the Cottage of Lost Play
    • The Little House of Lost Play
    • Mar Vanwa Tyaliéva
    • Kortirion Among the Trees (Three versions, the last of which is entitled The Trees of Kortirion)
  • Also included is a draft of the final paragraph of Appendix F of The Lord of the Rings.

2. The Music of the Ainur

3. The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor

  • Includes the earliest map and a drawing showing the world in the form of a ship.
  • Also includes the text of the poem Habbanan Beneath the Stars.

4. The Chaining of Melko

5. The Coming of the Elves and the Making of Kôr

  • Includes the texts of the poems:
    • Kôr: In a City Lost and Dead (published in The Microcosm as The City of the Gods)
    • A Song of Aryado

6. The Theft of Melko and the Darkening of Valinor

7. The Flight of the Noldoli

8. The Tale of the Sun and Moon

  • Includes the text of the poem Why the Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon (a slightly revised version of that published in A Northern Venture).

9. The Hiding of Valinor

10. Gilfanon's Tale: The Travail of the Noldoli and the Coming of Mankind

Appendix - Names in the Lost Tales - Part I

  • This appendix includes extracts from the first Goldogrin and Qenya lexicons.  These were later published in full in Parma Eldalamberon issues 11 and 12 as The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue (1995) and The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon (1998).

Short Glossary of Obsolete, Archaic, and Rare Words

Index

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The Book of Lost Tales, Part II
This is the second part of the Book of the Lost Tales of Elfinesse which Eriol the Mariner learned from the Elves of Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle in the Western Ocean, and afterwards wrote in the Golden Book of Tavrobel.  Herein are told the tales of Beren and Tinúviel, the Turambar and fall of Gondolin, and the Necklace of the Dwarves.

Preface

1. The Tale of Tinúviel

  • Reproduces a page from the manuscript.

2. Turambar and the Foalókë

3. The Fall of Gondolin

  • A reproduction of a page from the manuscript can be found within the Tale of Tinúviel chapter.
  • Includes extracts from The Name-list to The Fall of Gondolin.  The complete name-list was published in full in Issue 15 of Parma Eldalamberon – Sí Qente Feanor and Other Elvish Writings.

4. The Nauglafring

5. The Tale of Eärendel

  • Includes the texts of the poems:
    • Éalá Éarendel Engla Beorhtast
    • The Bidding of the Minstrel
    • The Shores of Faëry
    • The Happy Mariners (two versions, the earliest of which was published in A Northern Venture)
6. The History of Eriol or Ælfwine and the End of the Tales
  • Includes the texts of the poems:
    • The Town of Dreams and the City of Present Sorrow (which consists of three poems: Prelude, The Town of Dreams and The City of Present Sorrow)
    • The Song of Eriol
Appendix - Names in the Lost Tales - Part II
  • This appendix includes extracts from the first Goldogrin and Qenya lexicons and from The Name-list to The Fall of Gondolin.  The lexicons were later published in full in Parma Eldalamberon issues 11 and 12 as I Lam na Ngoldathon (1995) and Qenyaqetsa (1998).

Short Glossary of Obsolete, Archaic, and Rare Words

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The Lays of Beleriand
In the first part of this book is given the Lay of the Children of Húrin by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien in which is set forth in part the Tale of Túrin.  In the second part is the Lay of Leithian which is the Gest of Beren and Lúthien as far as the encounter of Beren with Carcharoth at the Gate of Angband.

Frontispiece - Of Morgoth and the Snaring of Gorlim  (A page from the manuscript of The Lay of Leithian)

Preface

1. The Lay of the Children of Húrin

  • Reproduces two pages from the original manuscript.
  • Includes the text of the poem Light as Leaf on Lindentree (published in a slightly different form in The Gryphon)
  • Also includes two versions of a portion of the lay that was developed separately - the first is untitled, while the second is called Winter Comes to Nargothrond.
  • Lastly, there is a further untitled poem that develops another part of the lay.
2. Poems Early Abandoned
  • The early abandoned lays are:
    • The Flight of the Noldoli from Valinor (the text is given along with a metrical analysis by JRRT)
    • The Lay of Eärendel
    • The Lay of the Fall of Gondolin
3. The Lay of Leithian
  • Includes a commentary on the lay by C.S. Lewis.
  • Also includes a reproduction of a manuscript page in elvish script.

4. The Lay of Leithian Recommenced

Note on the Original Submission of the Lay of Leithian and The Silmarillion in 1937

Glossary of Obsolete, Archaic, and Rare Words and Meanings

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The Shaping of Middle-earth
Herein are the Quenta Noldorinwa, the History of the Gnomes; the Ambarkanta or Shape of the World by Rúmil; the Annals of Valinor and the Annals of Beleriand by Pengolod the Wise of Gondolin; with maps of the world in the Elder Days and translations made by Aelfwine the Mariner of England into the tongue of his own land.

Preface

1. Prose Fragments Following The Lost Tales

2. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ (The ‘Sketch of the Mythology’)

3. The Quenta

  • Includes a table showing how the light of the Two Trees was used to measure the passing of days.
  • Also includes two appendices:
    • Appendix I - Fragment of a translation of the Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English, made by Ælfwine or Eriol; together with Old English equivalents of Elvish names.
    • Appendix II – The Horns of Ylmir - the text of the poem is accompanied by notes regarding previous versions of the poem (The Tides and Sea Chant of an Elder Day).

4. The First ‘Silmarillion’ Map

  • The northern and southern portions of the first map of Beleriand are reproduced in colour
  • The westward and eastern extensions are reproduced in black and white.

5. The Ambarkanta

  • Includes five maps and diagrams showing the ‘shape of the world’.

6. The Earliest Annals of Valinor

  • Includes appendix: Old English versions of the Annals of Valinor, made by Ælfwine or Eriol.

7. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand

  • Includes appendix: Old English version of the Annals of Beleriand, made by Ælfwine or Eriol.

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The Lost Road and Other Writings
Herein are collected the oldest tale of the downfall of Númenor; the story of the Lost Road into the West; the Annals of Valinor and the Annals of Beleriand in a later form; the Ainulindalë or the Music of the Ainur; the Lhammas or Account of Tongues; the Quenta Silmarillion or History of the Silmarils; and the history of many words and names.

Preface

Part One: The Fall of Númenor and The Lost Road

1. The Early History of the Legend

2. The Fall of Númenor

3. The Lost Road

  • Includes the texts of the poems:
    • Ilu Ilúvatar en Káre Eldain a Fírimoin
    • King Sheave
    • The Nameless Land (as published in Realities: An Anthology of Verse)
    • The Song of Ælfwine (two versions)

Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth Before The Lord of the Rings

1. The Texts and Their Relations

2. The Later Annals of Valinor

3. The Later Annals of Beleriand

4. The Ainulindalë

5. The Lhammas

  • Includes The Lhammas itself, with reproductions of two versions of a diagram entitled The Tree of Tongues.
  • It is followed by a shorter but related piece called Lammasethen, which reproduces a further version of The Tree of Tongues and another diagram - The Peoples of the Elves.

6. Quenta Silmarillion

Part Three: The Etymologies

  • A two-volume Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies was published in Vinyar Tengwar Issue 45 (2003) and Issue 46 (2004).

Appendix I - The Genealogies

Appendix II - The List of Names

Appendix III - The Second ‘Silmarillion’ Map

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The Return of the Shadow
In The Return of the Shadow are traced the first forms of the story of The Lord of the Rings; herein the journey of the hobbit who bore the great ring, at first named Bingo but afterwards Frodo, is followed from Hobbiton in the Shire through the Old Forest to Weathertop and Rivendell, and ends in this volume before the tomb of Balin, the Dwarf-lord of Moria.

Frontispiece – Map of the Shire (The earliest extant map of The Shire)

Foreword

The First Phase

1. A Long-Expected Party

  • Reproduces the opening page of the first manuscript version of the chapter.

2. From Hobbiton to the Woody End

  • Includes variant versions of the poems:
    • The Road Goes Ever On
    • Upon the Hearth
    • Snow-white! Snow-white!

3. Of Gollum and the Ring

4. To Maggot’s Farm and Buckland

  • Includes the texts of the poems:
    • O Water Warm and Water Hot!
    • As I Was Sitting by the Way
    • Bless the Water
  • Also includes a variant version of the poem Ho! Ho! Ho! To the Bottle I Go.

5. The Old Forest and the Withywindle

  • Includes an untitled five verse poem dating from the mid-1930s - the germ of Tom Bombadil.

6. Tom Bombadil

7. The Barrow-Wight

8. Arrival at Bree

  • Includes the texts of the poems:
    • The Root of the Boot (as published in Songs for the Philologists).  The accompanying commentary is the source of much of the known history of Songs for the Philologists.
    • The Cat and the Fiddle (original manuscript version of poem published in Yorkshire Poetry).

9. Trotter and the Journey to Weathertop

10. The Attack on Weathertop

11. From Weathertop to the Ford

12. At Rivendell

13. ‘Queries and Alterations’

The Second Phase

14. Return to Hobbiton

15. Ancient History

  • Reproduces two manuscript pages which include the original description of the writing on the Ring and the Ring-verse itself.
  • Also includes variant versions of the Ring-verse.

16. Delays are Dangerous

17. A Short Cut to Mushrooms

18. Again from Buckland to the Withywindle

  • Includes the text of the poem Farewell! Farewell, Now Hearth and Hall!  (This is a precursor of Farewell We Call to Hearth and Hall!)

The Third Phase

19. The Journey to Bree

  • Includes an early version of the Took family tree.

20. At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

  • Includes a reproduction of a manuscript page showing a plan of Bree.

21. To Weathertop and Rivendell

22. New Uncertainties and New Projections

  • Reproduces a manuscript page which shows the emergence of Treebeard. The page also includes several examples of Elvish script - Tolkien's name and initials, and a brief plot projection.
  • Also includes extracts from a letter to Stanley Unwin dated 15 September 1939 concerning progress with the ‘sequel to the Hobbit’.

The Story Continued

23. In the House of Elrond

  • Includes an early version of the Elbereth Gilthoniel verse.

24. The Ring Goes South

  • Includes a reproduction of a manuscript page showing the earliest map of the lands south of the Wilderland map in The Hobbit.

25. The Mines of Moria

  • Reproduces a manuscript page which shows the first depiction of the tengwar inscription on the West Gate of Moria.

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The Treason of Isengard
In The Treason of Isengard the story of the Fellowship of the Ring is traced from Rivendell through Moria and the land of Lothlórien to the day of its ending at Calembel beside Anduin the great river. Then is told of the return of Gandalf Mithrandir, of the meeting of the hobbits with Fangorn, and of the war upon the Riders of Rohan by the traitor Saruman.

Frontispiece - Orthanc

Foreword

1. Gandalf’s Delay

2. The Fourth Phase (1): From Hobbiton to Bree

3. The Fourth Phase (2): From Bree to the Ford of Rivendell

4. Of Hamilcar, Gandalf, and Saruman

  • Includes three versions of the poem All that is Gold does not Glitter.

5. Bilbo’s Song at Rivendell

  • Includes a letter to Donald Swann dated 14 October 1966 concerning the poem Errantry.
  • Also includes six versions of Errantry and it’s revised form the Eärendillinwë (Eärendil was a Mariner) together with details of intermediate readings of some sections.

6. The Council of Elrond (1)

  • Includes an earlier version of Seek for the Sword that was Broken.

7. The Council of Elrond (2)

8. The Ring Goes South

9. The Mines of Moria (1): The Lord of Moria

  • Reproduces a manuscript page showing the earliest drawing of the inscription and signs on the West Gate of Moria.
  • Includes early versions of:
    • Part of Gimli’s song in Moria
    • The runic inscription on Balin’s tomb

10. The Mines of Moria (2): The Bridge

11. The Story Foreseen from Moria

12. Lothlórien

  • Includes details of earlier versions of Legolas’s song of Nimrodel.

13. Galadriel

14. Farewell to Lórien

  • Reproduces two designs for the 'G' rune on the box of earth from Galadriel’s garden.
  • Includes earlier versions of:
    • I Sang of Leaves
    • Namárië

15. The First Map of The Lord of the Rings

16. The Story Foreseen from Lórien

  • Reproduces a manuscript page that includes a sketch of the Gate of Minas Morgul.
  • Also includes a diagrammatic sketch showing the Watchers at the Tower of Cirith Ungol.

17. The Great River

18. The Breaking of the Fellowship

  • Reproduces a manuscript page includes a sketch-plan of the scene of the Breaking of the Fellowship.

19. The Departure of Boromir

20. The Riders of Rohan

21. The Uruk-hai

22. Treebeard

  • Includes an early version of Treebeard’s song.

23. Notes on Various Topics

24. The White Rider

  • Includes early versions of Galadriel’s message-verses to Aragorn and Legolas.

25. The Story Foreseen from Fangorn

26. The King of the Golden Hall

Appendix on Runes

  • Includes a series of six manuscript pages by Christopher Tolkien based on manuscript pages by J.R.R. Tolkien. (The original pages were unsuitable for photographic reproduction)

Index

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The War of the Ring
In The War of the Ring is traced the story of the victory at Helm’s Deep and the drowning of Isengard by the Ents. Then is told of the journey of Frodo with Samwise and Gollum to the Morannon, of the meeting with Faramir, and the stairs of Kirith Ungol, of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and of the coming of Aragorn in the fleet of Umbar.

First Frontispiece - Dunharrow
Second Frontispiece - Shelob’s Lair

Foreword

Part One: The Fall of Saruman

1. The Destruction of Isengard (Chronology)

2. Helm’s Deep

3. The Road to Isengard

  • Reproduces two manuscript pages showing five different sketches of Orthanc.

4. Flotsam and Jetsam

5. The Voice of Saruman

6. The Palantír

Part Two: The Ring Goes East

1. The Taming of Sméagol

4. Flotsam and Jetsam

5. The Voice of Saruman

6. The Palantír

Part Two: The Ring Goes East

1. The Taming of Sméagol

  • Reproduces a manuscript page.

2. The Passage of the Marshes

  • Reproduces two manuscript pages showing three early sketches of Kirith Ungol.

3. The Black Gate is Closed

4. Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit

5. Faramir

6. The Forbidden

7. Journey to the Cross-Roads

  • Reproduces a manuscript page showing a map of the area around Minas Morgul and the Cross-roads.

8. Kirith Ungol

  • Reproduces manuscript pages including:
    • Two plans of Shelob’s Lair
    • A sketch of Kirith Ungol
  • Also includes two versions of Sam’s Elbereth Gilthoniel invocation.

Part Three: Minas Tirith

1. Addendum to ‘The Treason of Isengard’

2. Book Five Begun and Abandoned

  • Reproduces manuscript pages showing:
    • A plan of Dunharrow
    • A plan of Harrowdale
    • A sketch of Minas Tirith

3. Minas Tirith

  • Reproduces manuscript pages showing:
    • Plans of Mindolluin and Minas Tirith
    • A plan of Minas Tirith

4. Many Roads Lead Eastward (1)

  • Includes three complete versions of the verse that would become the prophecy of Malbeth the Seer.

5. Many Roads Lead Eastward (2)

  • Reproduces a manuscript page including sketches of Starkhorn, Dwimmorberg and Irensaga.

6. The Siege of Gondor

7. The Ride of the Rohirrim

8. The Story Foreseen from Forannest

9. The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

6. The Siege of Gondor

7. The Ride of the Rohirrim

8. The Story Foreseen from Forannest

9. The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

  • Includes an early version of the song The Mounds of Mundberg.

10. The Pyre of Denethor

11. The Houses of Healing

12. The Last Debate

13. The Black Gates Opens

14. The Second Map

Index

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Sauron Defeated
In this book is traced first the story of the destruction of the One Ring and the downfall of Sauron at the end of the Third Age. Then follows an account of the intrusion of the Cataclysm of the West into the deliberations of certain scholars of Oxford and the fall of Sauron named Zigúr in the drowning of Anadûné.

Frontispiece – Arundel Lowdham’s ‘Fragments’ (Two pages of Avallonian and Adunaic)

Foreword

Part One: The End of the Third Age

1. The Story of Frodo and Sam in Mordor

2. The Tower of Kirith Ungol

  • Reproduces a manuscript page that includes a sketch of the Tower of Kirith Ungol.
  • Also includes the text of the poem I Sit Upon the Stones Alone. (Later heavily revised to become In Western Lands)

3. The Land of Shadow

4. Mount Doom

  • Reproduces a manuscript page showing an illustration of Mount Doom.

5. The Field of Kormallen

6. The teward and the King

7. Many Partings

8. Homeward Bound

9. The Scouring of the Shire

10. The Grey Havens

11. The Epilogue

  • Includes two versions of the abandoned epilogue to The Lord of the Rings.
  • Two manuscript pages are reproduced showing two versions of The King’s Letter to Samwise, together with a transcription of the tengwar in Version I. Version II of The King’s Letter was published in Vinyar Tengwar Issue 29 (May 1993) along with full analysis of all three versions.

Appendix – Drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow

  • Reproduces three pages of illustrations of Orthanc.
  • Also reproduces two illustrations of Dunharrow.

Part Two: The Notion Club Papers

Introduction

Foreword and List of Members

  • Reproduces the title page of the manuscript of The Notion Club Papers.

The Notion Club Papers Part One

The Notion Club Papers Part Two

  • Includes the text of the poem The Death of St. Brendan.
  • Also includes the text of the poem Imram (as published in Time and Tide).

Major Divergences in Earlier Versions of Part Two

  • Reproduces three pages from Edwin Lowdham’s manuscript.
  • Also reproduces six manuscript pages by Christopher Tolkien based on manuscript pages by J.R.R. Tolkien. (The original pages were unsuitable for photographic reproduction)

Part Three: The Drowning of Anadûné

1. The Third Version of The Fall of Númenor

2. The Original Text of The Drowning of Anadûné

3. The Second Text of The Drowning of Anadûné

4. The Final Form of The Drowning of Anadûné

5. The Theory of the Work

6. Lowdham’s Report on the Adunaic Language

Index I – To Part One: The End of the Third Age

Index II – To Part Two: The Notion Club Papers and Part Three: The Drowning of Anadûné

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Morgoth's Ring
In this book are given many of the later writings of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien concerning the history of the elder days from the Music of the Ainur to the Hiding of Valinor.  Here much is told of the Sun and Moon, of the immortal Eldar and the death of the Atani, of the beginning of the Orcs, and of the evil power of Melkor the Morgoth the Black Foe of the World.

Frontispiece – The Tale of Years (A manuscript page)

Foreword

Part One: Ainulindalë

Part Two: The Annals of Aman

Part Three: The Later Quenta Silmarillion

I. The First Phase

1. Of the Valar

2. Of Valinor and the Two Trees

3. Of the Coming of the Elves

4. Of Thingol and Melian

5. Of Eldanor and the Princes of the Eldalië

6. Of the Silmarils and the Darkening of Valinor

7. Of the Flight of the Noldor

8. Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor

II. The Second Phase

The Valaquenta

The Earliest Version of the Story of Finwë and Míriel

Laws and Customs Among the Eldar

Later Versions of the Story of Finwë and Míriel

Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor

Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor

Of the Darkening of Valinor

Of the Rape of the Silmarils

Of the Thieves' Quarrel

Part Four: Athrabeth Finrod Ah Andreth

Part Five: Myths Transformed

Appendix - Synopsis of the Texts

Index

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The War of the Jewels
In this book are recorded the last writings of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien concerning the Wars of Beleriand.  Here also is told the story of how Húrin Thalion brought ruin to the Men of Brethil, with much else concerning the Edain and Dwarves, and the names of many peoples in the speech of the Elves.

Foreword

Part One: The Grey Annals

Part Two: The Later Quenta Silmarillion

9. Of Men

10. Of the Siege of Angband

11. Of Beleriand and its Realms

  • Includes details of later changes to the ‘Silmarillion’ Map.

12. Of Turgon and the Building of Gondolin

13. Concerning the Dwarves

14. Of the Coming of Men into the West

15. Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

The Last Chapters

Part Three: The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings

1. The Wanderings of Húrin

2. Ælfwine and Dírhaval

3. Maeglin

  • Includes details of further changes to the ‘Silmarillion’ Map.

4. Of the Ents and the Eagles

5. The Tale of Years

Part Four: Quendi and Eldar

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The Peoples of Middle-earth
This is the last volume of the work of Christopher Tolkien in which he has collected a great part of all that his father John Ronald Reuel Tolkien wrote of Middle-earth and Valinor.  In the book is traced the devising of the history of the later ages in the north-west of Middle-earth after the Great Battle and the Fall of Morgoth.

Frontispiece – Dangweth Pengoloð (A manuscript page)

Foreword

Part One: The Prologues and Appendices to The Lord of the Rings

1. The Prologue

2. The Appendix on Languages

  • Includes extracts from a letter to Leila Keene and Pat Kirke dated 3 August 1943 concerning the 'Common Speech'.

3. The Family Trees

4. The Calendars

5. The History of the Akallabêth

6. The Tale of Years of the Second Age

7. The Heirs of Elendil

8. The Tale of Years of the Third Age

9. The Making of Appendix A

Part Two: Late Writings

10. Of Dwarves and Men

11. The Shibboleth of Fëanor

12. The Problem of Ros

13. Last Writings

  • Concerning Glorfindel, the Five Wizards and Círdan.

Part Three: Teachings of Pengoloð

14. Dangweth Pengoloð

15. Of Lembas

Part Four: Unfinished Tales

16. The New Shadow

17. Tal-Elmar

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The End of the Third Age
In this book is traced first the story of the destruction of the One Ring and the downfall of Sauron at the end of the Third Age. Then follows an account of the intrusion of the Cataclysm of the West into the deliberations of certain scholars of Oxford and the fall of Sauron named Zigúr in the drowning of Anadûné.

[This volume reprints Part One of Sauron Defeated.  The tengwar inscription on the title page is reprinted directly from Sauron Defeated and has not been updated to reflect the contents of this volume - therefore only the first sentence of the transcription above applies to this book.]

Editor's Note

Foreword (Abbreviated from that given in Sauron Defeated by the removal of passages relating to The Notion Club Papers and The Drowning of Anadûné)

1. The Story of Frodo and Sam in Mordor

2. The Tower of Kirith Ungol

  • Reproduces a manuscript page that includes a sketch of the Tower of Kirith Ungol.
  • Also includes the text of the poem I Sit Upon the Stones Alone. (Later heavily revised to become In Western Lands)

3. The Land of Shadow

4. Mount Doom

  • Reproduces a manuscript page showing an illustration of Mount Doom.

5. The Field of Kormallen

6. The Steward and the King

7. Many Partings

8. Homeward Bound

9. The Scouring of the Shire

10. The Grey Havens

11. The Epilogue

  • Includes two versions of the abandoned epilogue to The Lord of the Rings.
  • Two manuscript pages are reproduced showing Versions I and III of The King’s Letter to Samwise, together with a transcription of the tengwar in Version I. Version II of The King’s Letter was published in Vinyar Tengwar Issue 29 (May 1993) along with full analysis of all three versions.

Appendix – Drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow

  • Reproduces three pages of illustrations of Orthanc.
  • Also reproduces two illustrations of Dunharrow.

Index

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The History of Middle-earth Index
This book was compiled by Helen Armstrong from the various indexes contained in the twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth.  It provides the reader with a single A-Z listing of all the peoples, places and other significant entries that Christopher Tolkien compiled in his original indexes.

For ease of reference, there is a separate listing for any entry which appears in more than one of the twelve volumes.

In addition to the indexes, the accompanying prefatory notes by Christopher Tolkien are also included, which provide further information on the nature and content of the lists of entries.

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