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Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
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I really enjoyed some aspects of this book - learning some of the backstory to 'The Hobbit' and more about the wizards in particular - but it wasn't straight prose which annoyed me a little at times. Christopher Tolkien (J.R.R.'s son) has interspersed many of the later parts of the stories with commentaries on the unfinished nature of each and versions which contradicted each other or things related in other tales. This got a little annoying at times and I think it might have worked better put at the end of each story rather than being worked in, if it needed to be included at all.

Having said that, it was enjoyable to see some of the links between people and places in a clearer light and better understand some the more modern history of Middle-Earth that is often skipped over in other places. A good read for those for whom Lord of the Rings didn't provide enough information, but not recommended to those with only a passing interest.
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