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The History of Middle-Earth Series

The History of Middle-Earth books in order

See also:* The Lord of the Rings* Unfinished Tales
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The Book of Lost Tales, Part One
J. R. R. Tolkien - Feb 15, 2012 (first published in 1983)
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The Book of Lost Tales 1 stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor. Embedded in English legend and English association, they were set in the narratve frame of a great westward voyage over the Ocean by a mariner named Eriol (or Ælfwine) to Tol Eressëa, the Lonely Isle, where Elves dwelt; from them he learned their ...
Book 2
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The Last Kingdom
Bernard Cornwell - Jan 03, 2006 (first published in 2004)
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This is the story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then rai...
Book 2
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The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two
J. R. R. Tolkien - Feb 15, 2012 (first published in 1984)
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The Book of Lost Tales 2 (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 2)viii, 391 pp. "The Book of Lost Tales was the first major work of imagination by J.R.R. Tolkien, begun in 1916, when he was twenty-five years old, and left incomplete several years later. It stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor, for the Lost Tales ...
Book 3
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The Lays of Beleriand
J. R. R. Tolkien - May 31, 2002
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This, the third volume of The History of Middle-earth, gives us a privileged insight into the creation of the mythology of Middle-earth, through the alliterative verse tales of two of the most crucial stories in Tolkien's world - those of Túrin and Lúthien. The first of the poems is the unpublished Lay of the Children of Húrin, narrating on a grand...
Book 4
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The Shaping of Middle-earth
The Quenta, the Ambarkanta, and the Annals, Together With the Earliest 'Silmarillion' and the First Map
J. R. R. Tolkien - May 11, 2021
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Book 5
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The Lost Road
Volume 5
J. R. R. Tolkien - May 11, 2021
Book 6
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The Return of the Shadow
The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 6)
J. R. R. Tolkien - Sep 01, 2000 (first published in 1988)
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In this sixth volume of The History of Middle-earth the story reaches The Lord of the Rings. In The Return of the Shadow (an abandoned title for the first volume) Christopher Tolkien describes, with full citation of the earliest notes, outline plans, and narrative drafts, the intricate evolution of The Fellowship of the Ring and the gradual emergen...
Book 7
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The Treason of Isengard
The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Two (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 7)
J. R. R. Tolkien - Sep 01, 2000 (first published in 1989)
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The Treason of Isengard is the seventh volume in Christopher Tolkien's History of Middle-earth and the second in his account of the evolution of The Lord of the Rings. This book follows the long halt in the darkness of the Mines of Moria (which ended The Return of the Shadow) and traces the tale into new lands south and east of the Misty Mountains....
Book 8
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The War of the Ring
The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Three (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 8)
J. R. R. Tolkien - Sep 01, 2000 (first published in 1990)
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In The War of the Ring Christopher Tolkien takes up the story of the writing of The Lord of the Rings with the Battle of Helm's Deep and the drowning of Isengard by the Ents. This is followed by an account of how Frodo, Sam and Gollum were finally brought to the Pass of Kirith Ungol, at which point J.R.R. Tolkien wrote at the time: 'I have got the ...
Book 9
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Sauron Defeated
J. R. R. Tolkien - Feb 28, 2002 (first published in 1992)
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In the first section of Sauron Defeated Christopher Tolkien completes his fascinating study of The Lord of the Rings. Beginning with Sam's rescue of Frodo from the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and giving a very different account of the Scouring of the Shire, this section ends with versions of the hitherto unpublished Epilogue, in which, years after the d...
Book 10
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Morgoth's Ring
J. R. R. Tolkien - Jun 30, 2002 (first published in 1993)
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In Morgoth's Ring, the tenth volume of The History of Middle-earth and the first of two companion volumes, Christopher Tolkien describes and documents the legends of the Elder Days, as they were evolved and transformed by his father in the years before he completed The Lord of the Rings. The text of the Annals of Aman, the "Blessed Land" in the far...
The War of the Jewels by Christopher Tolkien
The Peoples of Middle-Earth by J. R. R. Tolkien