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The Complete History Of Middle-Earth (Middle-Earth Universe)

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The complete 12-book History of Middle-earth, printed in three volumes and set in a matching box. J.R.R. Tolkien is famous the world over for his unique literary creation, exemplified in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. What is less well known, however, is that he also produced a vast amount of further material that greatly expands upon the mythology ...more
Hardcover, Collector's Edition Box-Set, 5392 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 21st 2002)
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Aug 15, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is not an easy read and should not be the first book to read if you're new to Tolkien, in fact, it should probably be last, after you've read The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, then The Silmarillion and probably Unfinished Tales.

It is an in-depth account of the First Age and the conflict between Morgoth and the elves, men and other gods. It is an awe-inspiring epic of stupendous scale, and it is hard to believe that one man and his fantastical fantasy mind created such a world. If only such tal
Oct 25, 2012 Tieria's rated it it was amazing
I'm using this collective edition of the History because I simply don't have time to address each volume separately. When I first learned of this collection, I thought it was for high-end Tolkien fanatics, and never considered myself to be such. A couple of years and re-readings of the Silmarillion later, I found I wanted more, and I bought the first four volumes on sale in a boxed set. I am now finishing up volume 11.

These books are a fascinating look at the methods of an author whose most imp
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I 12 libri che compongono questa collana svelano passo dopo passo retroscena,curiosità, importanti informazioni di "lore" e si pongono come libri propedeutici che dopo il Silmarillion aiutano il lettore nella comprensione del mondo tolkeniano. Il lavoro fatto per ricostruire i primi schizzi di Arda, i collegamenti storici tra il nostro mondo e quello del professore, le lettere tra quest'ultimo e i commentatori dei suoi lavori ( personcine sconosciute come Lewis *sarcastic mode on*) è notevole, ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing
An amazing body of work. I'm convinced that you need to be a Tolkien completist and fully immersed in middle earth, the elves etc etc to a) get the most out of this and b) to have any chance of completing this series of books.

If you have read everything J.R.R. Tolkien has done and you want more ... these books might be for you. I enjoyed getting even deeper into the Tolkien world, but understand it may not be for most readers.
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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 lan
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