The Peoples of Middle-Earth

The Peoples of Middle-Earth

J.R.R. Tolkien Christopher Tolkien / Aug 20, 2019

The Peoples of Middle Earth 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

  • Title: The Peoples of Middle-Earth
  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien Christopher Tolkien
  • ISBN: 9780395827604
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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,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.

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      • J.R.R. Tolkien Christopher Tolkien

        John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army , philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959 He was a close friend of C.S Lewis.Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about an imagined world called Arda, and Middle earth within it Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the word legendarium to the larger part of these writings While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the father of modern fantasy literature or precisely, high fantasy Tolkien s writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire field.In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945 Forbes ranked him the 5th top earning dead celebrity in 2009.Religious influencesJ.R.R Tolkien, was born in South Africa in 1892, but his family moved to Britain when he was about 3 years old When Tolkien was 8 years old, his mother converted to Catholicism, and he remained a Catholic throughout his life In his last interview, two years before his death, he unhesitatingly testified, I m a devout Roman Catholic Tolkien married his childhood sweetheart, Edith, and they had four children He wrote them letters each year as if from Santa Claus, and a selection of these was published in 1976 as The Father Christmas Letters One of Tolkien s sons became a Catholic priest Tolkien was an advisor for the translation of the Jerusalem Bible Tolkien once described The Lord of the Rings to his friend Robert Murray, an English Jesuit priest, as a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision There are many theological themes underlying the narrative including the battle of good versus evil, the triumph of humility over pride, and the activity of grace In addition the saga includes themes which incorporate death and immortality, mercy and pity, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self sacrifice, free will, justice, fellowship, authority and healing In addition The Lord s Prayer And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil was reportedly present in Tolkien s mind as he described Frodo s struggles against the power of the One Ring.


    1. The Peoples of Middle-earth (The History of Middle-Earth #12), J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor)

    2. This is more about the writing of The Lord of the Rings -- to be more precise, of its Appendices. It fares wide and far over the whole of Middle-Earth. From scraps about making Celerimbor a descendant of Feanor, which made it necessary to work out which of his sons married, to Tolkien working out the "original" hobbit names that were "translated" to the forms in LOTR, down to the solemn observation that "Lobelia" is merely his best guess as to the flower she was named after. Ideas he played with [...]

    3. This collection of tales and notes adds to the background of each of the main races and peoples of Middle Earth from Hobbits to Orcs as well as tales of individual stories and fireside tales. As ever there is plenty of commentary and notes to accompany each section which I did find disruptive and again would have preferred to the back of the book so I could refer to them when I was ready but again many may not have an issue with this. Despite this though Tolkien's huge imagination comes through [...]

    4. And here we are: the final volume of the History of Middle-Earth. For this last entry, Christopher Tolkien goes back to the Lord of the Rings, showing his father's development of what became the Appendices. I remember after finishing the four volumes of the History of the Lord of the Rings (volumes 6-9 of the History of Middle-Earth) feeling that it didn't seem quite finished. The History of the Lord of the Rings felt weighted heavily to the side of Tolkien's beginning of the story, with a rushe [...]

    5. Much of the final volume of the History of Middle-earth series shows Tolkien at his niggling zenith, as he works out timelines and linguistic history in an attempt to make his work a cohesive whole. Most of the history consists of minor developments that aren't inherently interesting (other than showing the kind of strain he was under in finalizing the appendices of The Lord of the Rings), but his linguistic work in this volume demonstrates better than any other how much Tolkien's philology drov [...]

    6. Tolkien is classic. Compiled by his son Christopher, J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Peoples of Middle Earth" gives an interesting look at the cities and races present in Middle-Earth. A wonderful collection of facts, short stories, and interesting data to help any fan glean a little bit more about their beloved elves, dwarves, humans, trolls, or whomever else in whom they express interest.

    7. With every new Tolkien volume I read, it becomes more and more apparent that he was not simply a fantasy author but one of those rare artists whose art seems to have a soul all its own.

    8. For serious Tolkienites only. This is more like a history book on Middle Earth, and is not similar to The Hobbit or The LOTR.

    9. Volume 12 of 12 in the History of Middle Earth, The Peoples of Middle-Earth, compiled by Christopher Tolkien, is in many ways my favorite of the ones I've read (I've read the first two volumes and last six).This volume primarily covers the Prologue and Appendices of LOTR, but it sneaks in a few selections touched upon in Unfinished Tales and provides to two gems in the final section "The New Shadow" and "Tal-Elmar".The New Shadow, published for the first time in this volume, is the start to a se [...]

    10. This will be my 12-volume write-up of the entire series "The History of Middle Earth".--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This series is ONLY for the hardcore Tolkien fanatic. Predominantly written byJRR's son, based on JRR's notes on the creation of The Silmarilion andThe Lord of the Rings (much less on The Hobbit). It is somewhat interesting tosee the evolution of the story (for example, "Strider" was originally conceived asa Hobbit (one of tho [...]

    11. nwhytevejournal/2115697ml[return][return]The first two-thirds are about the composition of the appendices of LotR; the rest brings together some short essays, mostly unfinished. Two of these are rather interesting. "The Shibboleth of F�anor" looks at how the original '�' became 's' in Quenya but remained '�' in Sindarin, as in the name Sindacollo, the Quenya version of Thingol; Sindarin itself is a Quenya word, the Sindarin calling themselves the Egladhrim. There is also an intriguing late [...]

    12. This is mainly a much expanded and annotated volume comprised of the appendices to "Lord of the Rings." For the hardcore Tolkien fan, the additional information added to the story will be appreciated. The notes by Christopher Tolkien add some additional information, but often serve to inform the avid Tolkienite about the development of the unpinning myths that surround the core story of "The Lord of the Rings." Some of the notes recount revisions, bridge gaps in the available information, or try [...]

    13. This volume of the History of Middle-Earth series is largely concerned with the development of the appendices for Lord of the Rings, which can be a little dry in places. The volume also contains some of Tolkien's last writings, including discussions on Glorfindel, drawing the conclusion that he was Glorfindel of Gondolin reborn (!), Círdan and many other things.Interestingly, the last part of the book includes to unfinished pieces of writing linked closely to Lord of the Rings. The first is 'Th [...]

    14. The Peoples of Middle Earth is so exciting to read as it contained many stories completely new to me and whilst I struggled and lost interest for a month or so (this was mainly due its complexity which left me overwhelmed at times) I found it really exciting and fun to read. Many parts I feel are an insight in J.R.R.Tolien's own mind and philosophies and are somewhat an extension of him. This really delves in to the etymology greatly and the stories behind the words, the reasons for the sunderin [...]

    15. This was such a lovely and interesting read! I haven't read any Tolkien books in quite a while, so it was wonderful to return to my all-time favorite fantasy universe - and the one that holds the dearest place in my heart. The variety of material kept me from getting bored by any one topic, and many of the angles and subjects explored were very fascinating. The Shibboleth of Fëanor and Of Dwarves and Men were two of my favorite parts. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone with an interest in [...]

    16. I say I read this, but have really used it as a reference book rather than tackling it as a book to sit down and read. It is a collection of the manuscripts and notes on the Prologue and the Appendices to the Lord of the Rings, and some sections of the published Silmarillion (Akallabeth)complied and annotated by Christopher Tolkien. Other tidbits include the Shibboleth of Feanor, primarily about Elvish languages, Last Writings late in Tolkien's life on Glorfindel, Cirdan, and the Five Wizards.Th [...]

    17. For the series as a whole. This is a lot of information, presented in a very academic fashion that brings a greater understanding of the writing process and logic behind the LOTR world. Overall my appreciation for the work done by Christopher Tolkien has increased and my love of the world of LOTR has decreased. Apart from a few elements, I did not discover anything that excited me and saw limits to the logic and breadth of the world that I had not seen before. Thus it was an enlightening read in [...]

    18. Completing all 12 volumes of The History of Middle-earth was a challenge I set myself way back in January of this year, and it was a massive undertaking. Very, very glad I did it. I wrote about the experience of reading all 12 of those volumes here: soundscryer/2011/06/13/chr (part 1) and here: soundscryer/2011/12/02/chr (part 2). Much more detail about the series in those two pieces.

    19. This final volume of the mammoth History of Middle Earth has a romantic appeal, since it contains within it the very last writings by Tolkien, aged 80-1, about his beloved creation. These last writings are the highlight of this book, particularly the passages on Dwarves and Men, and the Shibboleth of Feanor. The book closes with two attempts at new stories of Middle Earth by Tolkien, unfinished at very early stages. They are of interest, I believe, mostly as inspirations to other writers. But wo [...]

    20. I finally did it! I finished all twelve books of the History of Middle Earth! This also completes my reading of all Tolkien's Middle Earth books in any form! This last one wasn't too bad to read. It had some background stuff that I found particularly fascinating, making it a faster read than some of the others.

    21. SummaryMy goal for 2013 is to finish the Middle-Earth Universe of books. While doing so I will be following The Tolkien Professor Lectures.

    22. Another indepth look of the appendices, including culture and an abandoned sequel. Totally worth the read if you love Tolkein!

    23. a couple good bits only, like what happened with Aragorn and Arwen. Also, the origins of Saruman, Gandalf and the other 3 wizards.

    24. FYI: The only copy of this book in the Minuteman Library network has the section that includes the abandoned sequel to Lord of the Rings torn out.

    25. I have never been so in love with what it's basically a reference guide as I am with this one, right now. This is definitely a keeper.

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