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The Book of Lost Tales, Part One by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Jan 05, 11

bookshelves: jrr-tolkien, mythology, mythopoeia, posthumous-publication
Recommended for: only the hardcore Tolkienite.
Read in January, 2005

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 story here, but it is incomplete, and it'll take hard work on your part to piece the parts together, even with Christopher Tolkien's guidance. If you're still interested, congratulations. You're a real, deep-down Tolkien fan. Ifr you aren't, no need to fret - but there's no need for you to buy this book either. I can't imagine not having a copy, though.

RE de Leon
Agoo, La Union, Philippines
10:51 PM January 5, 2010

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