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Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth (Unfinished Tales)

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Collection of stories and essays by J.R.R. Tolkien that were never completed during his lifetime, but were edited by his son Christopher Tolkien and published in 1980.
Paperback, 472 pages
Published 1985 by UNWIN PAPERBACKS (first published 1980)
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Michael Galdamez I must say I'm impressed with your collection; my suggested reading order would be:

1. The Hobbit (A good introductory to Tolkien & Middle Earth)
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I must say I'm impressed with your collection; my suggested reading order would be:

1. The Hobbit (A good introductory to Tolkien & Middle Earth)
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (direct sequel to The Hobbit)
3. The Silmarillion (mass of background stories)
4. Unfinished Tales (further stories)
5. The Children of Hurin (a fuller telling of a story from The Silmarillion)
6. The Story of Kullervo (an old story by Tolkien, only recently published)

There are in fact more Middle Earth books by Tolkien out there, but they would probably be the toughest to follow of all his books. So I guess I will add:

7. The History of Middle Earth Series (12 Books) https://www.goodreads.com/series/4592...

Hope this helps!(less)
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Terry
May 31, 2013 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tolkien fans, not Richard
This is the first work that showed us how Tolkien's obsessive perfectionism was a double-edged sword. On the one hand it gave us the wonderfully deep world and implied distances of The Lord of the Rings; and on the other hand it left us with a jumble of tales in various states of revision and development that had to be compiled by Tolkien's son Christopher into some form as The Silmarillion...a jumble of tales that, if they had been finished, would have given us a truly staggering body of work. ...more
Kayıp Rıhtım
Yüzüklerin Efendisi her sayfasında hem edebiyatının yumruğunu masaya vuran hem de kurgusu ve karakterleriyle insanı alıp götüren bir başyapıttı. Fakat Silmarillion adeta akademik bir çalışmaydı. O ana kadar hep büyük ustanın bir dünya kurguladığını, başarılı karakterlere kalemiyle can verip koca kadim topraklarda kaderlerini çizmeye yolladığını düşünmüştük. Oysa ta baştan yanılmıştık. Çünkü Tolkien bir dünya kurgulamadı, hayır. O gerçek anlamda kendi özünden bir dünya “yarattı.” Belki de Eru Ilú ...more
Mahshad Blue
Jul 22, 2016 Mahshad Blue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 28th-book-fair
خواندن درباره ی آردا و جهان خیالی و در عین حال واقعی تالکین، مثل نشستن سر کلاس های تاریخ است! هر کدام از شخصیت ها خاندانی دارد که می توان ردش را حتی تا ظهور الف ها در سرزمین میانه دنبال کرد. برای خواندن کتاب های تالکین (به خصوص یادداشتهایی که پسرش در قالب کتاب چاپ کرده) به قلم و کاغذ و اطلس سرزمین میانه نیاز است. حتی ریشه یابی اسامی و کلمات هم می تواند یکی از کلیدی ترین کار های حین خواندن باشد!
این کتاب درباره ی حوادث نومه نور و دوران دوم آرداست. جالب ترین ویژگی کتاب تشابه بسیار سلطنت نومه نور به
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Psychophant
Mar 23, 2008 Psychophant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
This is simply a moneymaking scheme. After the success of the Silmarillion, the Tolkien state has published all notes that were in a more or less readable state. This is the only one I bought (besides Chidren of Hurin, which probably has much in common with the bigger part of this book).

I do not think Professor Tolkien would have liked to have these drafts and notes published. Many of them are even obsolete, as he built up and discarded elements in his mythic construct.

There are some great story
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Chris Hall
This is a hard book to rate, because it's sort of like rating a compilation album of Led Zeppelin studio out-takes. If you love Led Zeppelin, you would undoubtedly want to listen to pretty much anything they did. On the other hand, objectively speaking, it's probably not their best work, and if you trust them as artists, you know why they left that material on the cutting room floor. And, indeed, this book is a collection of scrapings, random essays and bits of narrative illuminating obscure cor ...more
Joseph
Jan 22, 2013 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The name says it all -- these are stories primarily of the First and Second Age of Middle-earth that had never quite reached completion, even in draft form; some predate the writing of Lord of the Rings by decades but most come after, and the book includes some of Tolkien's last writings about Middle-earth. The stories are presented by his son Christopher who, presumably, selected the pieces that were nearest to completion and likeliest to be of interest to Middle-earth aficionados. The pieces a ...more
Nikki
Oct 08, 2012 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This collection of Unfinished Tales is difficult to get to grips with, because Christopher Tolkien had the sense not to mess with them too much. He didn't correct inconsistencies or do too much to the material, and that's for the best: J.R.R.'s intent and the breadth of his world are best experienced this way, I think.

I don't think this is one for the casual reader, but for someone interested in Tolkien and his creation of a secondary world, and in the details of Middle-earth, it's a good one. E
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Kim
Jan 13, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tolkien fans
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
A fascinating look at many of the stories that did not make it into Professor Tolkien's primary works. This is probably one of my favorite books of this well-known mythology.

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Nihan
Nov 22, 2012 Nihan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
Orta Dünya hakkında ne kadar kitap yazılırsa yazılsın, hep anlatılacak bir başka öykü daha vardır sanırım. Gizli kalmış öyküler, bize ulaşamayanlar... Bitmemiş Öyküler'e başlarken heyecanlıydım açıkçası neler okuyacağıma dair ve hayal kırıklığına da uğramadım.
İlk Çağ, İkinci Çağ ve Üçüncü Çağ olmak üzere 3 kısımdan oluşuyor kitap ve her şeyin en başından başlıyor anlatılmaya. Savaş yüzünden ailesini terk etmek zorunda kalan Tuor'un öyküsüyle başlıyor. Kısa bir öyküydü, biraz sıkıcıydı :)
Sonra
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Kevis Hendrickson
J.R.R. Tolkien's Unfinished Tales is a terrific book for diehard Tolkien fans, in particular, fans of The Lord of the Rings who have not yet read The Silmarillion. Ever wondered what were the exact events that caused Isildur to lose the One Ring? Or the origins of Wizards? Or what Middle-Earth was like during its First Age? Unfinished Tales helps to shed light on the complex creation of Middle-Earth and the many tales and legends that relate the events in its long and largely tumultuous history. ...more
Evan Edinger
Nov 18, 2015 Evan Edinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me ages to read, but it was wholly fascinating how much detail lies behind every individual action in Middle Earth. It has inspired me to reread The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings again. I feel like everything will make so much more sense!
Curtis
Feb 05, 2013 Curtis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, collection
I've read quite a few parts of this previously, either due to individual curiosity about specific topics (such as the Quest of Erebor, Istari, Palantiri) or as part of other works (Narn i Hin Hurin –most of which is incorporated in The Children of Hurin), but I had not until now sat down and read all the various tales in order. Already a big fan of Tolkien, as a whole I quite enjoyed the collection, especially since Christopher Tolkien's notes and analysis are kept at a minimum compared when com ...more
Chelseabelle
This book is for the nerdiest of Tolkien nerds. I enjoyed it. There were some chapters that I skipped over because I had no interest in them.. I don't really care about Eorl and I don't really care about the fields of Celebrant, but almost everything else was fantastic. The most dissappointing chapter that I read was "Galadriel and Celeborn," and that's only because it was one of the least finished by Tolkien.

Some poeple say this book was put out there for money, but I disagree. There are a LOT
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M
Apr 19, 2016 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a wonderful and fascinating book. As the title states, none of the stories here are properly finished, which is a little frustrating, since a lot of them are really interesting and exciting. Of course, Christopher Tolkien is often able to provide some idea of how his father intended to wrap things up, which helps some. Plus, much of the First Age material was combined with bits from the Silmarillion to form the stand alone Children of Hurin, so at least that is kind of complete. On the o ...more
DMae
Jan 27, 2013 DMae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at a used book store in Rome. I read it in the evenings right before bed and on long train trips. When I was leaving Rome for the last time, I had no room in my suitcase, so I sacrificed that book and left it at the hotel. The cover I selected is the one I left behind. My current copy, also used, is a different edition. Most books I found in that hotel were old guide books. I always wondered if someone found it curious that there was a Tolkien book on the shelf!

This book is a
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Thomas Strömquist
In retrospect I'm amazed that I ever managed to drudge through this collection of unfinished and/or abandoned stories from middle earth. But then again, I did once pull myself through the insomnia obliteration that is The Silmarillion. "Rings" fans will not think twice about reading this of course (and will certainly not weigh in my input), but for the rest of us, the original trilogy and The Hobbit goes a very long way.
Lara Hoffmann
Oct 09, 2015 Lara Hoffmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tolkien, need I say more?

The only thing you should be aware of before reading this book is that, whilst the Silmarillion is a continuous story, the Unfinished Tales are, as the title suggests, an anthology consisting of stories from different points in time in the history of Middle Earth. Some of these stories merely consist of fragments found and commented on by Tolkien's son. The history of Galadriel and Celeborn seems to be even more fragmentary than the other ones, indeed the editor decided
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Jamie
Aug 31, 2016 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nam Le
Dec 17, 2015 Nam Le rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a excellent book but not meant to any readers. First, it is necessary to read The Hobbit, The LOTR, and The Silmarillion before. Second, it requires more analysis to fully appreciate the book than just casual reading.

The narrative is fragmented and unfinished (obviously). However, by comparing with the texts in the aforementioned books, one can have an in-depth view into how each story evolves and how characters grow.

There won't be any significant new stories in this book so the readers
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beggs
Jun 13, 2011 beggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-fiction
Until the publication of The Children of Hurin a few years ago, Unfinished Tales was the third piece of the Middle-earth trilogy. Paired with The Lord of The Rings and The Silmarillion it was a bit of a third wheel; comprised of various stories in different states of completeness with some editorial comments by Christopher Tolkien needed to bridge the gaps and contradictions left by the myriad versions Tolkien authored of most of these stories.

Unfinished Tales actually includes my favorite of al
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Rodrigo
May 01, 2012 Rodrigo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soy un super fan de "El señor de los anillos" y de Tolkien. Sin duda, los "Cuentos Inconclusos" enriquecen mucho la saga y te dejan con una sensación alucinante, preguntándote si lo inventó todo Tolkien o de verdad existió la Tierra Media. Eso sí, estos cuentos son para especialistas, no sólo fans. Están llenos de referencias a los libros, fechas, nombres en diversas lenguas, sean élficas o "Dúnedáin", además de referencias geográficas e históricas, fechas... Si no tienes en la cabeza toda la hi ...more
Christopher Bashforth
Another surprise present from my lovely wife. Before I started reading I thought it would be about slogging through the First Age chapters before getting to the good stuff on the Third Age – with Tolkien I read everything, even the appendixes. However, I was surprised – the First Age chapters were actually very enjoyable and the Third Age parts were not as good. Having said that though, the best story in the book is the background to the Hobbit. I still think it was amazing that the whole future ...more
Anood AlKatheeri
Aug 06, 2015 Anood AlKatheeri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tolkien-books
A fantastic book of tales to fill the gaps in the other known stories found in The Hobbit, LOTR, and The Silmirillion. I really enjoyed the Aldarion and Erendis story that shows that not all Middle-Earth marriages were successful but I was disappointed with the essays concerning Galadriel and Celeborn because they were often incomplete and had lots of different versions.
Nevertheless, it's a nice read overall especially for those who hunger for more Middle-Earth information and details.
X
Jan 02, 2010 X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tolkienites
This book has some amazing gems of writing, but alas!, as the title suggests, they are unfinished - as in an abrupt stop in the middle of the story rather than just unpolished. It's such a shame that Tolkien didn't finish more of his works. Christopher Tolkien does an admirable job of piecing endings together, so at least I won't forever be wondering how most of the stories end. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more on the Third Age and LOTR, but perhaps that is in other books.
Nathan Dehoff
This 1988 edition of a book originally published in 1980 collects various stories about Middle-Earth that Tolkien never completed to his satisfaction, with notes from his son Christopher. Someday I want to be such a popular writer that every scrap of paper on which I started to write fiction will be professionally published. Not that I think there's any chance of that happening, but it really strikes me as the ultimate mark of creative success. Anyway, some of these are fairly complete narrative ...more
Мартин Касабов
Недовършени предания: http://izumen.blogspot.com/2014/11/bl...

Огромна радост е за всички фенове на Толкин в България, фактът, че от издателство "Бард" решиха да преиздадат книгата "Недовършени предания". Не са един или двама хората, които са ме питали от къде да си я намерят. Още повече, че покрай завършващата този декември трилогия по "Хобит" на Питър Джаксън, интересът към Средната земя със сигурност ще се възобнови.

"Недовършени предания" е сборник, издаден след смъртта на Толкин, от неговия с
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Aha
Jan 29, 2013 Aha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It is a way better than most finished tales of other authors for sure!
But in most cases, the way Christofer representing it, I cannot say that something is unfinished there! A very good read! I did find out many interesting information concerning Arda and state of thing as a whole.

I recommend it to read after Silmarillion!
Stephen Poltz
Apr 15, 2015 Stephen Poltz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most Tolkien fans probably know that he had trouble finishing his work. Even with the books he finished, he revised later editions. This was because he was constantly developing his universe. Rather than simply writing a new story in the universe and moving on, like many contemporary writers of multi-story universes, he jumped around the timeline, making additions and changes, evolving the characters and situations as his own understanding evolved. “Unfinished Tales” presents stories which he ne ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien
قصههای ناتمام نومهنور و سرزمین میانه - دوران دوم
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Elsabet
Wow. This book is kind of mind blowing. For a person who loves fantasy, is a history nerd and a huge fan of Tolkien, this book is a priceless treasure.

It's amazing. Part One is two stories from the first age: The epic and interesting tale of Tuor's coming to Gondolin and the tragedy of the children of Hurin.

Part Two is about the third age. It starts with a description of Numenor followed by the sad story of Aldarion and Erendis and a list of the kings (and queens) of Numenor. Afterwards you ge
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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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