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Racconti ritrovati (The History of Middle-Earth #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  6,902 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Universo fantastico di immagini e di personale mitologia, i Racconti ritrovati segnano l'inizio della creazione fiabesca di J.R.R. Tokien. Vi si trovano, in forma germinale e perciò misteriosa e allusiva, i grandi temi narrativi del cosmo tolkeniano, che accompagneranno poi per decenni la sua straordinaria produzione: la Musica degli Ainur, con la quale il dio supremo dà f...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Bompiani (first published 1983)
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3.5 stars

My first attempt to read _The Book of Lost Tales_ was made way too early in my life and made certain that my response was to put it on the shelf and decide that all of this background stuff, especially taken from this early phase in Tolkien’s life as a writer, was way too different from the Middle-Earth stories that I loved for me to waste any time on it. Looking at where the book mark from my first attempt still sat when I picked it up again, I noticed that I didn’t even get much beyon...more
Ted Wolf
STOP: Ask yourself if you read and enjoyed The Silmarillion?

If the answer is 'yes', then you might like this book.
If the answer is 'no, I haven't read The Silmarillion', then read that before this book.
If the answer is 'no, I don't like like The Silmarillion', then you won't like this book.

This book will give you insight into the early thoughts and ideas that eventually became the Silmarillion. If you are or want to be a hardcore Tolkien fan then this book is a must, but for most casual fans of...more
Having read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion many times since I was a teen, as well as Tolkien's papers, letters, and biographies, I decided it was time to go the last mile and read his son Christopher's annotated compilation of the Professor's earlier drafts. BoLT/I is the first of the five-volume collection. It covers topics familiar to anyone who has read The Silmarillion--the creation of the world, the making of Valinor, the Valars' conflict with Melkor, the Awakening...more
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...more
Steve Cran
The History of the Middle Earth was put together by Christopher Tolkien, JRR's son. The effort involved sifting through his fathers notes and organizing them, which in itself is a difficult task. Oft time names were changed from story to story and Christopher had to decipher outlines and light pencil markings. In many a case we have just outlines and scant poems thrown around. But this is the backstory to the Simarrilion. This is where Middle Earth according to Tolkien was created. The story lin...more
Artnoose Noose
Sep 24, 2011 Artnoose Noose rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: die-hard Tolkein fans
I had thought that this book was a bunch of stories in the Tolkien mythology that had never been published. It was only after picking this book up at the library that I discovered what it actually is. After his father died, Christopher Tolkien first compiled, edited, and published The Silmarillion and then later made this twelve volume (yes, twelve!) set of what is essentially all of his father's unpublished and generally unfinished writings.

This first book is what eventually was rewritten as T...more
Nicholas Whyte

The Book of Lost Tales was published in 1983, interpreted from a series of longhand notebooks started by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1917, as later interpreted by his son Christopher. Tolkien's series of linked short stories were written in his spare time from his academic career and family obligations; once he decided to abandon the Lost Tales and start over, he probably did not expect that they would ever see the light of day - this is essentially a private set...more
Dave Mosher
Don't pick this up unless you were very bummed about finishing the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion, and other greats -- and are craving more. So much that you're willing to essentially sit back in a college-level literary analysis course.

The stories are magical, and definitely "Tolkienesque", but at times it can be a tough read.

That's primarily because most of what Christopher Tolkien (J.R.R.'s son) used to put this -- not to mention the rest of the History of Middle-Earth series...more
RE de Leon
Jan 05, 2011 RE de Leon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: only the hardcore Tolkienite.
The degree to which you enjoy this book will depend on exactly how much you like Tolkien. Unlike The Silmarillion, this piece, as with the rest of the books in these series, is comprised of fragments of text cobbled together by JRR Tolkien's son Christopher, with Christopher's notes on the evolution of the material. It will give you insight into Tolkien's process of writing. And it will show you the various directions Tolkien was headed in whilst writing the Silmarillion. And yes, there is great...more
This is the first of a 12-book series written by JRR Tolkien's son, Christopher Tolkien. After his father died, his son collected and studied both his father's published and unpublished works, and decided to organize them into a readable collection, complete with explanations and footnotes. For anyone who loved the Lord of the Rings and hungers for more; also for anyone who is curious about how Tolkien developed his imagined world in the first place.
If you are even a little bit curious about the history of Middle Earth, this is an essential volume. This, along with part 2, elucidate some of the more obscure mythological beginnings of Arda. The commentary section at the end of each 'chapter' is very enlightening both linguistically and in terms of the development of certain motifs that crop up in Tolkien's works.
I would suggest reading this after The Silmarillion (which is considered the polished product of the tales in these volumes). It ma...more
Oct 26, 2010 Isil rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans du Silmarillion
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The History of Middle-earth (souvent abrégé en HoMe) ou Histoire de la Terre du Milieu est une collection de douze volumes regroupant les premiers textes de Tolkien, commentées par son fils et éditeur Christopher Tolkien.

Les deux premiers tomes, The Book of lost tales (Le livre des Contes perdus), sont consacrés à l’histoire du Premier Âge des Grandes Terres (qui deviendront finalement la fameuse Middle-earth, la Terre du Milieu). C’est à partir des dernières réécritures de ces ébauches que sera...more
Jan 25, 2008 Patrick rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Serious Tolkien fans only
It's really impossible to rate this book. If you are a hardcore Tolkien fan, I think you'll love it. If you thought The Silmarillion was a difficult read, you'll probably want to skip this one.

Basically, this book is a printing of Tolkein's early drafts of tales that eventually came to comprise the Silmarillion, along with his son Christopher's commentary. Much of this material was ultimately rejected in the final versions, and there were some major changes to much of the material.

So, if you are...more
I've only read one other History of Middle-earth volume, although the set has been on my "to read" list for decades. I finally read The Book of Lost Tales part 1. It provides background on the tales that went on to become the Simarillion. I am not a fan of the Silmarillion; I agree with the person who said it's like reading a phone book written in Elvish. Although I was not bored by the background, I was not fascinated either. I'm one of those readers (obviously) who is happy to enjoy the brilli...more
I'm still reading this book. In some ways, I like it much better than the 3 star rating would indicate. Still, the book has a lot of 1st draft qualities, and feels artificial, especially compared with LOTR, and even the Silmarillion.

What makes it fascinating is to see the textual variants, and the way that Tolkien was constructing his languages and names even as he wrote his books.

It's work keeping track of the names, some change between the Lost Tales and the Silmarillion, and there are also na...more
Azella  Fernández Castañón
I must say this book was both interesting and challenging to read. The myriad of elegant names led me to do a lot of page turning and going back a couple of chapters to remind myself of figures I'd already forgotten. This first book of the Middle Earth history series is a comprehensive volume. Each chapter/story has a commentary and notes by JRR Tolkien's son, Christopher Tolkien. It’s fascinating to read the author’s notes surrounding the original versions and various revisions of Tolkien’s tal...more
Legolas Greenleaf
Jun 12, 2012 Legolas Greenleaf rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Tolkien fans
If you wanted to know how things came about in Middle Earth and the Undying Lands, this is a wonderful book to have for informational reference. From tales about the chaining of Melko ('Melko' was the original name, but it seems few people know that - perhaps they didn't read the book ;) ), to the coming of the Eldar, and the awakening of Men, the stories in this book are essential to fully understand the beginnings of Tolkien's world.
Not for casual Tolkien readers, this is more like a "making of" documentary, presenting previous drafts of stories eventually published in final versions in The Silmarillion.

There are some lovely gems of poetry previously unseen interspersed here, The Song of Aryador being one that is quite haunting, set in the time of darkness before the creation of the Sun and the Moon. An excerpt:
"In the mountains by the shore
In forgotten Aryador
There was dancing and was ringing;
There were shadow-people sin...more
Barely worth reading, even if I did struggle through this and part 2. Too much Tolkien Jnr., who in my not so very humble opinion couldn't write himself out of a box, and not enough Tolkien Snr., who could.

I went no further in the books cobbled together by Tolkien Jnr. after volume 2 of The Book of Lost Tales. I never intend to do so. Save your money.

If you must read them either borrow them or steal them.
This is for sure very interesting book, thought some parts of the stories, which i have to see if they survived, are quite a disappoint.

For what i see, it seems mostly b-side stories, and doesnt really make much sense for me, I would prefer rather only complimentary stories to those in the Silmarilion and The Unfinished Tales.

Giving bit a little bit of criticism: In the last chapter Christopher says:
"The elves who remained behind in Palisor are said to be of the people of the Teleri(later the V...more
The Book of Lost Tales contains the very earliest writings by Tolkien on the mythology that would eventually make up The Silmarillion and the glimpses of the history of Middle-earth seen in Lord of the Rings. As such, the story and characters are familiar yet also completely alien, and the writing style is more archaic.

Part One details the very beginnings of Middle-earth: the music of Ainur, the coming of the Valar, the creation and loss of the Two Trees, the waking of the Elves and their revolt...more
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Finally got through Book One. On to Book Two!

I enjoyed the academic nature of this book. It's definitely not an easy read - it took me three months to get through it! If you're expecting straight-up short stories, or something entirely new, this is not the book for you. These are Tolkien's original writings, many of which ended up in The Silmarillion in modified forms. Christopher Tolkien's commentary is very interesting, and I loved reading it (the last time I read this I skipped it all; I'm so...more
I'm not gonna lie, this was a slog in places. Tolkien can be difficult to read when he's organized and edited, but trying to get through so much plot that is contradictory to itself and without any consistency as far as names and such go is sometimes like wading through treacle. Very beautiful, very interesting treacle.
I started reading it and then quickly realized I needed some help keeping everything straight in my head, so I ended up reading it chapter for chapter in conjunction with the Silm...more
I’m sorry. I’m starting with a major rant. After a few of the tales, I quit reading the notes. As usual with these Lord of the Ring Prequels, the editors and compilers abandoned their job for a painful obsession with minutiae. Christopher Tolkien treats Middle Earth like a history subject instead of a world filled with stories. I hate to tell him this, but his father, besides being a professor and creator of an amazing world was a STORYTELLER. Christopher Tolkien doesn’t give a flying frak about...more
I enjoyed the tales in this book, but I wish there were less commentary and explanation, less editorial intrusion.
In order to read this book, you really have to have already read The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, or else you won't know what's going on. The tales themselves are self-explanatory and can stand on their own, but in his commentaries, Christopher Tolkien makes many references to and comparisons with the later works by his father. I think you have to already know the stories...more
The Book of Lost Tales is an eclectic collection of the early work of J. R. R. Tolkien - in many ways, it's the precursor to the Silmarillion, the infamous book of lore which no casual reader has ever struggled through. I haven't even dared to start it, although I am looking forward to it.

Edited by Christopher Tolkien, the youngest son (now 89) of the great writer, it's a fascinating insight in to the earlier thought processes and plot-lines that Tolkien documented as far back as the 1920s, but...more
There are several degrees of Tolkien fans: those who've read The Hobbit and/or The Lord of the Rings, those who've read The Silmarillion, and a higher level of fanatic who can wade through the incomplete and unpublished tales the professor left behind. This book is for the latter type of fan - without a deep love of Tolkien, a strong desire to further understand or appreciate his works, and without having read The Silmarillion beforehand, book one of the History of Middle-Earth will lose you qui...more
The new movie of The Hobbit got me interested in the history and development of Tolkien's fictional world; I didn't want to see the movie so I picked up this book instead. It mostly satisfied my itch for Tolkien nerdery, but wasn't engaging or insightful enough to tempt me to plough through the whole 12-book series.

Each chapter follows roughly the same pattern:
1) a brief note from Christopher Tolkien explaining where he found the material;
2) a draft of a JRR Tolkien piece, sometimes with a poem...more
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
Jan 24, 2012 Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: hard-core tolkien fans; anyone who wants to see the evolution of tolkien's work
I thought I’d give this book a try since I love both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and wanted to get some of the backstory.

This book isn’t what I expected. In fact, the book was far different than what I thought it would be. I expected some of the folklore and mythology of Middle Earth, which it was, at least to an extend. However, the “lost tales” were compiled by Tolkien’s son Christopher, who tried to make sense of the notes that his father left behind.

Each chapter is one of the lost ta...more
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet,WWI veteran (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 language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a cl...more
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