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The War of the Jewels: The Later Silmarillion, Part Two (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 January 1st 1994)
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Michael Davis
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.

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

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
Jul 11, 2012 Dru rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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[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
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!
Michael Joosten
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.
Glen Hastings
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)
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.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English langu
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