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The peoples of Middle-earth
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996.
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xiii, 482 pages ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
pt. 1. The prologue and appendices to The lord of the rings. The prologue -- The appendix on languages -- The family trees -- The calendars -- The history of the Akallabeth -- The tale of years of the Second Age -- The heirs of Elendil -- The tale of years of the Third Age -- The making of Appendix A : The realms in exile ; The tale of Aragorn and Arwen ; The house of Eorl ; Durin's folk -- pt. 2. Late writings. Of dwarves and men -- The Shibboleth of Fëanor -- The problem of Ros -- Last writings -- pt. 3. Teachings of Pengoloð. Dangweth Pengoloð -- Of Lembas -- Pt. 4. Unfinished tales. The new shadow -- Tal-Elmar.
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PR6039.O32 P4 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Throughout this vast and intricate mythology, says Publishers Weekly, "one marvels anew at the depth, breadth, and persistence of J.R.R. Tolkien's labor. No one sympathetic to his aims, the invention of a secondary universe, will want to miss this chance to be present at the creation." In this capstone to that creation, we find the chronology of Middle-earth's later Ages, the Hobbit genealogies, and the Western language or Common Speech. These early essays show that Tolkien's fertile imagination was at work on Middle-earth's Second and Third Ages long before he explored them in the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings . Here too are valuable writings from Tolkien's last years: " The New Shadow," in Gondor of the Fourth Age, and" Tal-elmar," the tale of the coming of the Nsmen-rean ships.

Author Notes

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits.

Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle.

Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher.

In 2013, his title, The\Hobbit (Movie Tie-In) made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography) J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings", & "The Silmarillion", was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University.

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