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The War of the Jewels (The History of Middle-Earth #11)

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In volumes ten and eleven of The History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien recounts from the original texts the evolution of his father's work on The Silmarillion, the legendary history of the Elder Days or First Age, from the completion of the Lord of the Rings in 1949 until J.R.R. Tolkien's death. In volume ten, Morgoth's Ring, the narrative was taken only as far as t ...more
Hardcover, 470 pages
Published December 6th 1994 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published October 20th 1994)
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Sep 18, 2011 Katrin rated it liked it
I'm very torn with giving stars to this book. If I'd rate only the content by J.R.R. Tolkien and the work Christopher has done, his passion and his patience, I would give 5 stars without even thinking about it. But this book was difficult to read. First of all there are many cross-references which can be best understood while having the Silmarillion and the Unfinished Tales next to you. Reading it this way would acquire a hell lot of time and interrupt the reading at every page. I was simply not ...more
Neil Coulter

Reading the History of Middle-Earth series requires skills in determining when to read closely and when to skim. I don't say that to insult the series--and I don't think Christopher Tolkien would disagree--and certainly each reader will have a different opinion on which sections are "read-closely" and which sections are "skim." Of the volumes I've read so far (only one more to go now!), The War of the Jewels was the most taxing to read, having what I considered the highest percentage of skimmabl

Once again this is an interesting read that hints at the extent of Middle Earth that Tolkien originally envisioned but sadly didn't finish. There is a far bit of commentary and notes for each one although this time it was more helpful as many of the stories were incomplete and needed some explanation but still would've preferred these a little shorted with longer notes to the back of the book. Despite this though the big imagination of Tolkien's original work still comes through and takes you on ...more
Michael Davis
Oct 21, 2011 Michael Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stuff- much more meaty than I anticipated, being the 11th volume in a 12 volume collection. I wrote about the experience of reading all 12 of those volumes here: (part 1) and here: (part 2). Much more detail about the series in those two pieces.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nov 12, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read
The War of the Jewels (The History of Middle-Earth #11), J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor)
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Jan 04, 2017 Jeremy rated it it was ok
Another one of the History of Middle Earth Volumes where it far too much resembles the published Silmarillion. Also, the Hurin sections, to the extent that they are new, resemble the Children of Hurin book anyway.

The good stuff here an expansion of the Maeglin tale, and a few discussions in the notes of the Silmarillion early chapters. The Grey Annals is almost worthless--a shorter treatment of stories we have seen emerging so many times now, with very little that is new, although much is omitte
Jul 11, 2012 Dru rated it liked it
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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 tho
Nicholas Whyte
Aug 28, 2012 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, sf, xp, 1209[return][return]The War of the Jewels brings together some final notes from the Silmarillion and a few other essays. The first chunk, the Grey Annals, is yet another attempt to retell the Silmarillion stories but this time taking a year-by-year approach; it also has much more detail on the Dark-Elf �ol and his fathering of Maeglin than I remember before. There's also a long section on the tragic wanderings of H�rin after the deaths of his children which ...more
Tommy Grooms
May 24, 2013 Tommy Grooms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume is a companion to the tenth volume, focused on the later, Beleriand-oriented material. Aside from Tolkien's final revisions, it includes the unpublished (and exciting) "The Wanderings of Hurin" showing what is essentially a courtroom drama in Brethil, which warmed my law student's heart. It also includes a treatise of Elvish phonology, which will probably only appeal to a select few. The meat of the book, the final Silmarillion revisions, approaches the tedium of volume four (again, ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Nonabgo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found this book the hardest to read from the entire series. Most of it is just a list of changes to previous texts, so if you want to be really thorough you need to keep Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales open at the same time, otherwise you won't understand a thing. I ended up skipping most of that and focusing on content that hasn't been published before in any of the previous 10 books of the series.

The Grey Annals was a fun read, although having to always go to the notes/commentary section c
Jan 16, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
While not as revealing as Morgoth's Ring, this history of the second half of the Silmarillion gives more detail into the wanderings of Hurin after his release from Angband, which was the most interesting part of this work for me. I find the Hurin/Turin saga to be one of the most moving of the stories of the First Age, so seeing different, more in depth versions of it does continue to keep me interested as a reader.

With that being said, I can live with simply skimming the chapters on Elvish langu
Dec 08, 2009 Jim rated it it was ok
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I think anyone who gets this far in the series has earned the right to skim most of Christopher's comments while looking for anything new from J.R.R. I've had enough of "My father used a blue pen so this must have been written in 1959."

I can see a light at the end of the tunnel... only one more volume to go!
Nov 15, 2012 Kana marked it as to-read
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My goal for 2013 is to finish the Middle-Earth Universe of books. While doing so I will be following The Tolkien Professor Lectures.
Glen Hastings
Mar 07, 2013 Glen Hastings rated it liked it
Another good addition to the series, but with a bit less new materials: best parts relate to Hurin and the origins of the elves. Unfortunately some other sections are sparse (on nets and eagles) or too detailed (language analysis)
Michael Joosten
Mar 17, 2013 Michael Joosten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the last HoME volumes I encountered, and I was greatly looking forward to it; it had, after all, the Wanderings of Húrin. In the end, I've found that this is one of the volumes I use less in the series. In the end, I think I turn to Quendi and Eldar more than the Wanderings.
Aug 25, 2015 Andre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More history of the creation of the LOTR universe, back to the first age. While enlightening in the process of creation side of thing, it also underlines the incomplete, contradicting at time, christian nature and limited development of the world. Again, for die-hard fans of the world.
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The History of Middle-Earth (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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