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

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Hardcover, 452 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers (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...

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Terry
Jul 11, 2008 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
Mission Blue
May 09, 2015 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
Feb 25, 2008 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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leynes
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am fairly new to Tolkien as I have only got into his work at the end of 2015 by reading, and after some initial problems, loving The Hobbit. I buddy-read The Lord of the Rings over the course of 2016 and was quite overwhelmed with Tolkien’s dense writing style and complex world building; there were too many names of people, places and events to remember, I felt inept. Nonetheless, I admired his work and marvelled at his craft. I was especially enamoured by Tolkien’s linguistic interest and his ...more
Chris Hall
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Liam
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this, it was just so great to learn more about both old and new characters!! Tolkien's middle earth is so rich and beautiful and it was amazing to be able to delve even deeper into it!
Nikki
Nov 08, 2011 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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elpida_la_blue
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Όχι απλά αξίζει να διαβαστεί, επιβάλλεται για τους λάτρεις. Είναι γεμάτο πληροφορίες που ήξερες ό,τι ήθελες, όπως μια ανάλυση για τους Ιστάρι και μια διήγηση για την πτώση του Ισίλντουρ, αλλά και που δεν ήξερες ό,τι υπάρχουν για να θέλεις (εγώ προσωπικά τουλάχιστον), όπως οι ακριβείς επαφές του Θόριν με τον Γκάνταλφ πριν ξεκινήσει η αποστολή στο Έρεμπορ και γιατί προέκυψε το συμβόλαιο με τον Μπίλμπο ως κλέφτη.
Δεν είναι ελαφρύ ανάγνωσμα, αλλά πιάστε το οπωσδήποτε!
Sérgio
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muito poucos foram os livros que, até agora, reli. De entre eles contam-se dois de Tolkien. Creio que não há melhor forma de revelar o meu fascínio por tamanho escritor. Tolkien não é apenas o pai da alta fantasia, é o criador de um mundo paralelo, de tal forma abrangente e profundo que, mesmo passados 100 anos do mote, “num buraco vivia um hobbit”, com o qual começou a obra de toda a sua vida, esta não cessa de nos maravilhar. Forjado na mente de um jovem oficial a partir dos horrores das trinc ...more
Lydia Redwine
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Since I found some of these stories quite interesting and a couple others utterly boring, I've brought my rating to 4 stars. I will say that it isn't a good idea to go into this book unless you are already an avid Tolkien fan. This book is a collection of unfinished pieces (I mean, the title?) from LOTR, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and other like books.

If reading notes upon notes of what certain things could have meant etc. bores you to death, this book is not for you lol. I did find it all ve
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Daria
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: posiadane, favorites
Chyba nie muszę mówić, że to obowiązkowa pozycja dla każdego fana Śródziemia.

Chociaż połowy postaci i miejsc już nie kojarzyłam (jeśli chodzi o Pierwszą i Drugą Erę), ale to jest chyba w pewien sposób zaletą - za każdym razem odkrywasz uniwersum jakby na nowo. Jeśli ktoś nie czytał Silmarillionu, może mieć jeszcze większy problem, żeby się tu połapać.

Uwielbiam historię o Túrinie i Niënor, i uwielbiam absolutnie wszystko, co dotyczy Trzeciej Ery. Ta książka pochłonęła mnie szybciej niż Silmaril
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Evan Edinger
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!
Ellen Trautner
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tolkien
I can't believe I've never read this before! I would recommend this to anyone who's read the Silmarillion and is interested in more history of Middle-Earth. I say the Silmarillion because there's a lot of assumptions that the reader is familiar with the Valar, the Blessed Realm, and the general events of the First Age. You don't need to remember the details, but at least the basic narrative. Alternatively, if you just want more info on events of the Third Age, which is when the Lord of the Rings ...more
Nihan E.
Nov 06, 2012 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
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jon
For the April 13th gathering of the Tolkien Society of Kansas City, we will finish our reading of Unfinished Tales and letters 131 through 146 in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

I'm also concurrently listening to the related Mythgard Academy podcasts: https://mythgard.org/academy/unfinished-tales/
Kim
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tolkien fans
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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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Melissa
I have so enjoyed finishing these Unfinished Tales with my chapter a day group. Tolkien was a great, and immensely nuanced storyteller, his son Christopher a devoted son and detailed story archiver, whose life work allowed us to see the depth of creativity and true craft his father put into all his tales. I’ve truly enjoyed the surface tale, as well as the the deeper tale behind its creation and evolution.
Curtis
Jan 22, 2013 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 co ...more
Chelseabelle
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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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DMae
Jan 27, 2013 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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این کتاب، مجموعهای از داستانهاییه که تالکین تا پایان عمرش نتونسته بود اونها رو به انسجام کلّی برسونه و ببنده. در کتاب اصلی، حدیث تور و آمدن او به گوندولین هم هست که در ایران، اون داستان پیشتر به پیوست فرزندان هورین منتشر شده بود و طبعاً در این کتاب نیست. میشه گفت که کتاب حاضر یک داستان تقریباً کامل، با پایان کمی نامعلوم داره که به زندگی و سرگذشت تار آلداین نومهنوری میپردازه و یک داستان دیگه در مورد گالادریل که در جزئیات دارای اختلافهای زیاده و کریستوفر تالکین همهٔ حالتهای موجود در نوشتههای مختلف ...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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Brian
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, fantasy
Tough read but a pleasure. Learn the details behind the trilogy, concerning Gandalf and Sarumans kind, Galadriel and Celeborn's history, stories of Elendil, and older legends in this realm. The greatest about this, to me: seeing behind the scenes at Tolkien' s creative process. It inspires me to sit down, for pleasure, and create/ build my own world 20 minutes at a time, and use this as a canvas to paint short stories and go from there.

Love Tolkien. Plans change, especially mine, but I plan to
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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.
Jamie
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, the-inklings
Emanuel
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De Tuor e da sua chegada a Gondolin - 4⭐ : Com uma releitura irei provavelmente apreciar melhor esta história, Tuor surge no Silmarilion a pouca familiaridade com a personagem e espaços não ajudou.
Na armadura do destino há sempre uma fissura, e nas paredes da maldição uma brecha, até ao cumprimento total, a que vós chamais o fim.

A História dos Filhos de Húrin - 4⭐ : Excertos do que se torna em 2007 "Os Filhos de Húrin". O livro (5⭐) tem, como seria de esperar, um tratamento editorial diferente d
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Tonino Mangano
Racconti Incompiuti si presenta come un’opera d’appendice rispetto ai romanzi che si potrebbero definire canonici nella cosmogonia tolkieniana.
Tuttavia, per quanto l’antologia di racconti presentati si configuri come una serie di “bozze preparatorie” di ciò che saranno successivamente le storie contenute ne Il Silmarillion, ne Il Signore degli Anelli e ne Lo Hobbit, risulta essere una vera e propria miniera di tesori, molto di più rispetto a quanto lo siano le due raccolte precedenti, ovvero Rac
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