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I loved this final installment of the History of Middle Earth series This part mainly focuses on the appendices of the Lord of the Rings, so many of the favourite characters are in this volume There was some problem with finishing the appendices in time when the Return of the King was published and when you read this book, it s apparent why They re so detailed and there is a lot of it.Great book, one of the better ones of the series As always, only for hardcore Tolkien fanatics, it might be I loved this final installment of the History of Middle Earth series This part mainly focuses on the appendices of the Lord of the Rings, so many of the favourite characters are in this volume There was some problem with finishing the appendices in time when the Return of the King was published and when you read this book, it s apparent why They re so detailed and there is a lot of it.Great book, one of the better ones of the series As always, only for hardcore Tolkien fanatics, it might be a bit boring for the casual reader And here we are the final volume of the History of Middle Earth For this last entry, Christopher Tolkien goes back to the Lord of the Rings, showing his father s development of what became the Appendices I remember after finishing the four volumes of the History of the Lord of the Rings volumes 6 9 of the History of Middle Earth feeling that it didn t seem quite finished The History of the Lord of the Rings felt weighted heavily to the side of Tolkien s beginning of the story, with a rushe And here we are the final volume of the History of Middle Earth For this last entry, Christopher Tolkien goes back to the Lord of the Rings, showing his father s development of what became the Appendices I remember after finishing the four volumes of the History of the Lord of the Rings volumes 6 9 of the History of Middle Earth feeling that it didn t seem quite finished The History of the Lord of the Rings felt weighted heavily to the side of Tolkien s beginning of the story, with a rushed, incomplete account of the finishing So I was happy to go back, in Volume 12, to the finishing touches of the Lord of the Rings Also, it happens that there are a lot of fascinating details in the writing and revising of the Appendices though others in my family did not always share my excitement about the ways that Tolkien translated Hobbit names into the published form.The middle of the book, with a long section on phonological changes in Quenya and Sindarin, was a bit of a slog for me Interesting as a reference for Tolkien s linguistic creation, but not as engrossing for me at this time, at least for simply reading start to finish.I d hoped that the end of the book would include some kind of reflections from Christopher, looking back over his own journey through the decades he s worked on his father s unpublished material I would ve enjoyed even a brief Afterword, something of a Here s what it feels like to be at the end of this project But no, there s nothing like that the book just ends In some ways Christopher has shown himself to be rather unsentimental though one might suggest that the entire History project is thoroughly sentimental But the last section of the book brings me back to what attracted me to Middle Earth to begin with not phonology, geography, or calendars, but story My interest in digging deeper into Tolkien s creative process got me through many pages of detail about minute changes to maps, the logic behind linguistic choices, changes in the numbers of days in each month for different peoples of Middle Earth, and so forth But I first loved Middle Earth because of the stories And so I think it s beautiful that the History series concludes with two unfinished stories one from after the death of Aragorn, and one from earlier, when the Numenoreans were landing on the western shores of Middle Earth I liked seeing that even at the end of his life, Tolkien himself was pushing out the borders of the storytelling, finding new places to learn about and new narrative perspectives on the history of his subcreation.This has been a wonderful journey through the development of Middle Earth Parts of the books I ll go back to occasionally, and I do think I will someday read through the entire series again. If any fantasy author claims to have created a better world than Tolkien, just slam all 12 copies of HoME down on the table and tell them to take a damn seat. This isabout the writing of The Lord of the Rings to beprecise, of its Appendices It fares wide and far over the whole of Middle Earth From scraps about making Celerimbor a descendant of Feanor, which made it necessary to work out which of his sons married, to Tolkien working out the original hobbit names that were translated to the forms in LOTR, down to the solemn observation that Lobelia is merely his best guess as to the flower she was named after Ideas he played with This isabout the writing of The Lord of the Rings to beprecise, of its Appendices It fares wide and far over the whole of Middle Earth From scraps about making Celerimbor a descendant of Feanor, which made it necessary to work out which of his sons married, to Tolkien working out the original hobbit names that were translated to the forms in LOTR, down to the solemn observation that Lobelia is merely his best guess as to the flower she was named after Ideas he played with, such as the question of whether Tar Miriel was unwilling to marry Ar Pharazon, and the story where one of Feanor s twin sons died at the Burning of the Ships For serious Tolkienites only This islike a history book on Middle Earth, and is not similar to The Hobbit or The LOTR. This collection of tales and notes adds to the background of each of the main races and peoples of Middle Earth from Hobbits to Orcs as well as tales of individual stories and fireside tales As ever there is plenty of commentary and notes to accompany each section which I did find disruptive and again would have preferred to the back of the book so I could refer to them when I was ready but again many may not have an issue with this Despite this though Tolkien s huge imagination comes through This collection of tales and notes adds to the background of each of the main races and peoples of Middle Earth from Hobbits to Orcs as well as tales of individual stories and fireside tales As ever there is plenty of commentary and notes to accompany each section which I did find disruptive and again would have preferred to the back of the book so I could refer to them when I was ready but again many may not have an issue with this Despite this though Tolkien s huge imagination comes through in leaps and bounds as you find outabout the family trees, origins and history of the People of Middle Earth |Free ⚒ The Peoples of Middle-earth ⚖ When JRR Tolkien laid aside The Silmarillion inthe extension of the originall mythology into later Ages of the world had scarcely begun It was in the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings that there emerged a comprehensive historical structure and chronology of the Second and Third Ages, embracing all the diverse strands that came together in the War of the Ring The difficulty that he found in providing these Appendices, leading to the delay in the publication of The Return of the King, is well known, but in The Peoples of Middle earth Christopher Tolkien shows that early forms of these works already existed years before, in essays and records differing greatly from the published forms He traces the evolution of the Calendars, the Hobbit genealogies, the Westron language or Common Speach from which many words and names are recorded that were afterwards lost , and the chronological structure of the later AgesOther writings by JRR Tolkien are included in this final volume of The History of MIddle earth, chiefly deriving from his last years, when new insights and new constructions still freely arose as he pondered the history that he had created This book concludes with two soon abandoned stories, both unique in the setting of time and place The New Shadow in Gondor of the Fourth Age, and the tale of Tal elmar, in which the coming of the dreaded N men rean ships is seen through the eyes of men of Middle earth in the Dark Years Unparalleled, unmistakable, unsurpassed. Much of the final volume of the History of Middle earth series shows Tolkien at his niggling zenith, as he works out timelines and linguistic history in an attempt to make his work a cohesive whole Most of the history consists of minor developments that aren t inherently interesting other than showing the kind of strain he was under in finalizing the appendices of The Lord of the Rings , but his linguistic work in this volume demonstrates better than any other how much Tolkien s philology drov Much of the final volume of the History of Middle earth series shows Tolkien at his niggling zenith, as he works out timelines and linguistic history in an attempt to make his work a cohesive whole Most of the history consists of minor developments that aren t inherently interesting other than showing the kind of strain he was under in finalizing the appendices of The Lord of the Rings , but his linguistic work in this volume demonstrates better than any other how much Tolkien s philology drove his storytelling His final writings include an abortive sequel showing the rise of a new orkish cult and a tale showing the arrival of the Numenorians from the eyes of the men of Middle earth both woefully short It s bittersweet to finish the last of Tolkien s Middle earth material on Tolkien Reading Day, and I can only express awe at the size and scope of his legendarium Tolkien is classic Compiled by his son Christopher, J.R.R Tolkien s The Peoples of Middle Earth gives an interesting look at the cities and races present in Middle Earth A wonderful collection of facts, short stories, and interesting data to help any fan glean a little bitabout their beloved elves, dwarves, humans, trolls, or whomever else in whom they express interest.