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On to volume 4 of the History of Middle earth series and we are now starting to come to something that appears, in both form and content, much closer to what we ended up receiving as the published Silmarillion In the first two volumes we were given Tolkien s earliest drafts of the tales that would albeit in an often much transformed manner ultimately become the main stories of the First Age of Middle earth all joined together by a narrative framing conceit that tied it in explicitly to our ow On to volume 4 of the History of Middle earth series and we are now starting to come to something that appears, in both form and content, much closer to what we ended up receiving as the published Silmarillion In the first two volumes we were given Tolkien s earliest drafts of the tales that would albeit in an often much transformed manner ultimately become the main stories of the First Age of Middle earth all joined together by a narrative framing conceit that tied it in explicitly to our own world s history an element that never actually left the tales, but became much less apparent as time wore on Then we saw Tolkien shift into the composition of several major narrative epic poems that tackled some of the tales that were to prove to be favourites of his which were, if not complete, at least fairly well fleshed out , along with many poetic fragments of other tales that, as is sadly a common case with Tolkien, never got very far in their composition Now in this volume we see Tolkien shifting gears and once again composing prose in several different texts, though in a completely new format.The first of these texts is what Christopher Tolkien calls The Sketch of the Mythology which is truly a bare bones precis of the history of the First Age designed as an accompaniment to the long Lay of the Children of Hurin poem from the previous volume Tolkien apparently hoped to have the poem considered for publication and sent along the sketch in order to fill in necessary details of the context of the poem and give minimal explanation of the many events and persons to which it alludes for a prospective editorial reader Readers of the published Silmarillion will already see something they can recognize here, albeit with much less literary flair a high level overview of the many adventures, peoples, and events that occurred in what was to become the First Age of Middle earth The next section, called The Quenta , seems to have evolved almost directly from the Sketch, though it represents a much fuller andliterary detailing of the same events Instead of simply giving bare bones facts Tolkien allows his poetic side muchfreedom and fleshes out details to the point where the text moves from mere summary to something akin to story As the Tolkien Professor notes in his podcast on this volume some key elements that emerge in the later Silmarillion seem to have their origin here in the Quenta Beren Luthien get their somewhat happy ending with Luthien fully embracing the life of mortality and ultimate eternal union with Beren beyond the circles of the world Gondolin shifts from being a beacon of hope and place of final refuge for elves fleeing the wrath of Morgoth to an inward looking isolationist community sowing the seeds of its own destruction and Earendil finally seems to live up to the messianic foreshadowings that have surrounded his birth from the beginning and becomes a successful messenger to the Valar on behalf of the beleaguered peoples of Middle earth It is in the Quenta that we probably see the closest analogue in Tolkien s early writings to what the published Silmarillion became Next come a series of maps and accompanying text called the Ambarkanta that attempt to delineate not only geographical elements of Middle earth, but many of the cosmological elements of it as well I will admit to be largely confused by many parts of this, especially the various types of seas that seem to surround and encompass Arda Tolkien s created world as whole and their various roles in the cosmology based on their elemental composition Tolkien obviously loved both geographical and cosmological details and could seemingly lose himself endlessly in their implications and development, something that was a double edged sword it allowed him to return to texts and ideas and refine them to a point where the reality of his sub creation became truly impressive something that has been noted elsewhere as nearly the equivalent of one man creating a body of work analogous to the mythological beliefs of an entire people but it also diverted his attention from actually writing down his stories as he could get caught into endless details and the need to constantly refine and work out fully any and all implications of a given idea or concept Finally are the two sets of annals the Annals of Valinor and the Annals of Beleriand , which each give another precis of the major events that occurred in Valinor and the later Elven kingdoms of Beleriand respectively in a year by year summary format One other aspect of this volume that is intriguing is the inclusion of several Anglo Saxon translations of some of these texts, a nod to the fact that the overarching idea of the early Elvish histories as the source of a truly English mythology transmitted to us by a lone Anglo Saxon mariner was still an important part of Tolkien s overall view of his work These are not stories that are meant to have taken place in another world , but are the earliest and forgotten histories of our own It also shows us that far from being a diversion from his professional life as a philologist and scholar of Anglo Saxon, Tolkien s writings on Middle earth were intimately connected with his professional studies and it seems likely that both aspects of his life deeply informed each other It is indisputably true that his love of language was the ultimate well spring of his many tales and, in some sense at least, his contention that they existed merely to give his invented languages a reason to exist and people to speak them is not without merit.Not my favourite in the series so far, but a truly necessary text for the Tolkien enthusiast when considering the ultimate development of the Silmarillion proper in both form and content Sadly the reviews are starting to sound the same at this point, Tolkien s original attention to detail, and his son s research exposing the creation and growth of the story through multiple revisions and discarded or enhanced paths continues to amaze. This will be my 12 volume write up of the entire series The History of Middle Earth This series is ONLY for the hardcore Tolkien fanatic Predominantly written by JRR s son, based on JRR s notes on the creation of The Silmarilion and The Lord of the Rings much less on The Hobbit It is somewhat interesting to see the evolution of the story for example, Strider was originally conceived as a Hobbit one of This will be my 12 volume write up of the entire series The History of Middle Earth This series is ONLY for the hardcore Tolkien fanatic Predominantly written by JRR s son, based on JRR s notes on the creation of The Silmarilion and The Lord of the Rings much less on The Hobbit 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 This made the overall history of Middle Earth clearer than the previous volumes of The Histories of Middle Earth, though that may have been in part because this is essentially the third time I ve read the stories in their various incarnations Tolkien s writing is beautiful even in its unfinished form, and Christopher Tolkien s comments are insightful and explanatory as in the previous books The maps were delightful, drawn by the Professor himself, and even if they were not entirely accurate f This made the overall history of Middle Earth clearer than the previous volumes of The Histories of Middle Earth, though that may have been in part because this is essentially the third time I ve read the stories in their various incarnations Tolkien s writing is beautiful even in its unfinished form, and Christopher Tolkien s comments are insightful and explanatory as in the previous books The maps were delightful, drawn by the Professor himself, and even if they were not entirely accurate for the final writing, were still helpful and interesting It also included some pages written in Old English, which although I couldn t read them, were still neat for the fact that they were in Old English, and were not so long as to make me feel like I had wasted my money buying a book I couldn t read The first part of the book describes, in the scrap book fashion form, sketches of the phases of the birth of the mythology i.e explanations and annotations are organized as re told text of previous versions of the stories that are published in official version of The Silmarillion , along with some versions from The Book of Lost Tales 1 2 The second part was real chocolate muffin for me I literally devoured those pages And in the passages that are part of The Ambarkanta much is told abo The first part of the book describes, in the scrap book fashion form, sketches of the phases of the birth of the mythology i.e explanations and annotations are organized as re told text of previous versions of the stories that are published in official version of The Silmarillion , along with some versions from The Book of Lost Tales 12 The second part was real chocolate muffin for me I literally devoured those pages And in the passages that are part of The Ambarkanta much is told about the shaping and re modeling of Arda that, of course, official version of The Silmarillion is lacking of along with explanations about the Circles of the World and with six by Tolkien s hand drawn draft maps Also, first and emended versions about creation and purpose of the Walls of the World and The Door of the Night are presented, and now perplexity due to lack of logical explanations and links in previous versions about this structures that tormented me is finally solved The third part are early annals of Valinor and Beleriand useful and interesting data that explain the same events but from different Valar Elves time counting manner Several different stories detailing the creation of Middle Earth, as usual with Christopher Tolkien s many notes and insights on the manuscripts, how they differ and maybe even why.This series is so nerdy, I love it. Once again I feel like I am rereading part of JRR Tolkien s Silmarrillion for the umpteenth time I read these books to get some stories that somehow never made it to publication What I get are differing versions of the same stories sometimes with similar event and at other times with different event Though the names may change the song remains the same.In this volume Christopher gives us a tales from the Early Silmarilion, the Quenta, Ambarkanta, Earliest annals of Valinor and the Earliest An Once again I feel like I am rereading part of JRR Tolkien s Silmarrillion for the umpteenth time I read these books to get some stories that somehow never made it to publication What I get are differing versions of the same stories sometimes with similar event and at other times with different event Though the names may change the song remains the same.In this volume Christopher gives us a tales from the Early Silmarilion, the Quenta, Ambarkanta, Earliest annals of Valinor and the Earliest Annals of Beleriend This volume takes us all the way till the end of the first age Starting with the Valar coming down to Arda and Melkor s rebellion We are taken through the capturing of Melkor by Tulkas and the awakening of the Elves an being lead to Valinor by Orome the Vala of the Hunt We are told how when Melkor was released he deceives the Noldoli called Gnomes into turning against the Valar Oh by the way there were three groups of elves that came to Valinor The Quenda, who were lead by Ingwe, Teleri, and the Noldoli, who were lead by Finwe By the way with the Noldoli there are enough names beginning with F to remember that it can get rather confusing In any case after Melkor is freed he goes about destroying the two trees with the help of Ungoliant From them the Silmarrion are created He covets those as well and steals them Later on when Ungoliant and Melkor feud over splitting the Silmarils, Melkor slays Ungoliant Melkor holes up in Angaband creating Orcs, Balrogs and Dragon.Feanor who crafted the Jewels wants them back so he and his Noldoli steal ships from the Teleri and go there The Gods try to stop them and make them ask for pardon but to no avail They reach the northern wastelands and wage war against Angaband Gothmog the head Balrog clays Feanor and Maidros his eldest son his hung suspended by his wrist only to be rescued later on Manwe in the mean time send Throndor the Eagle to keep an eye on things The Valar have disavowed the Noldoli who went to the Earth Aule is especially upset with them Over the years there will be many battle The tale of Beren and Luthien is retold as is the Lay of Hurin s Chikldren The Fall of Gondolin is reiterated once again as well At least this time we are treated to a conclusion Beren and Luthien gave birth to Elwing , while Tuor and Idril would give birth to Earedel Survivors of Gondolin and Thingols realm would marry and from that birth Dior would be born Maidros a son of feanor vows to ge the Silmarils back and there is a fight Elwing takes off in the flight of a bird while Earedel builds Wingalot, a swan shaped boat Earedel will contact the Valar on behalf of man and elf and Manwe s son will take on Melkor We all know the end that evil loses and good wins but there is a prophecy that the light of the two tree Silpion and Laurelin will return, the Gods will reign over all and man and elf shall dwell side by in the end of days All this happens after Melkor s return and a final battle Until then Melkor is locked beyond the doors of time bound by hand and foot Magisterial, profound, important. {Read} ì The Shaping of Middle-Earth ¸ The fourth volume that contains the early myths and legends which led to the writing of Tolkien s epic tale of war, The Silmarillion Volume 4 of the History of Middle Earth comes with the usual disclaimer for this series this is for Tolkien enthusiast only.The Shaping Of Middle Earth still has some fascinating insights but the reader is definitely treading familiar ground here We have threeiterations of the Silmarillion stories, each time getting closer to their final form However going through the same material again with only slight differences can get a little dry even for devotees Beyond that there is a section Volume 4 of the History of Middle Earth comes with the usual disclaimer for this series this is for Tolkien enthusiast only.The Shaping Of Middle Earth still has some fascinating insights but the reader is definitely treading familiar ground here We have threeiterations of the Silmarillion stories, each time getting closer to their final form However going through the same material again with only slight differences can get a little dry even for devotees Beyond that there is a section on the earliest maps of Beleriand I love maps, but this proved disappointing as my edition seemed to be missing two of the maps Grrr There is also included some translations of portions of the stories into Anglo Saxon, and although I am a hardcore fan, I am not that hardcore to learn to read Anglo Saxon There will be some new material next time though as Tolkien expands his legendarium into the second age