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Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Aug 15, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, fantasy
Read in January, 2012

"Unfinished Tales" is another Christopher Tolkien posthumous publication of his father's unpublished works. First published 30 years ago, the book helps fill in some gaps in the mythology of Middle-Earth that remained after the publication of the "Silmarillion." Some of the more notable items include: Stories of Numenor from the second age, the history of the Palantir, a detailed account of how Isildur lost the One Ring and an explanation of Gandalf's "race" - which really helps to explain how his reincarnation in "The Two Towers" was possible. The language in the book can be as difficult to slag through as the "Silmarillion" at times and really won't be enjoyed by individuals who are simply casual fans of Tolkien's work. The fact that most of the tales are incomplete can leave you frustrated as it requires Tolkien's son to insert editorial comments - which can be distracting. A great read for hardcore Tolkien/Lord of the Rings fans, but the rest may wish to leave this "unfinished."

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