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The Book of Lost Tales. Part I summary The Book of Lost Tales. Part I, series The Book of Lost Tales. Part I, book The Book of Lost Tales. Part I, pdf The Book of Lost Tales. Part I, The Book of Lost Tales. Part I 06d6b48f70 The Book Of Lost Tales 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 Lfwine To Tol Eress A, The Lonely Isle, Where Elves Dwelt From Them He Learned Their True Story, The Lost Tales Of Elfinesse In The Tales Are Found The Earliest Accounts And Original Ideas Of Gods And Elves Dwarves And Orcs The Silmarils And The Two Trees Of Valinor Nargothrond And Gondolin And The Geography And Cosmology Of The Invented World

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    The Book of Lost Tales, Part One The History of Middle Earth 1 , J.R.R Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien Editor The History of Middle earth is a 12 volume series of books published between 1983 and 1996 that collect and analyse material relating to the fiction of J R R Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien The series shows the development over time of Tolkien s conception of Middle earth as a fictional place with its own peoples, languages, and history, from his earliest notions of a mythology for England through to the development of the stories that make up The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings It is not a history of Middle earth in the sense of being a chronicle of events in Middle earth written from an in universe perspective it is instead an out of universe history of Tolkien s creative process In 2000 01, the twelve volumes were republished in three limited edition omnibus volumes Non deluxe editions of the three volumes were published in 2002 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 lfwine to Tol Eress a, the Lonely Isle, where Elves dwelt from them he learned their true story, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse In the Tales are found the earliest accounts and original ideas of Gods and Elves Dwarves and Orcs the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor Nargothrond and Gondolin and the geography and cosmology of the invented world.Book one Chapters The Cottage of Lost Play the framework storyThe Music of the Ainur the first version of what would become the Ainulindal The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor later Valaquenta and first chapters of Quenta SilmarillionThe Chaining of Melko Melko is an earlier name of MelkorThe Coming of the Elves and the Making of K r K r is the later Tirion and its hill T naThe Theft of Melko and the Darkening of ValinorThe Flight of the Noldoli Noldoli are the Elves later called NoldorThe Tale of the Sun and MoonThe Hiding of ValinorGilfanon s Tale The Travail of the Noldoli and the Coming of Mankind The book of lost tales The History of Middle earth , 1 , by J.R.R Tolkien edited by Christopher Tolkien , New York A Del Rey Book , 1992 1371 2010 1983 1984

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    3.5 starsMy first attempt to read _The Book of Lost Tales_ was made way too early in my life and made certain that my response was to put it on the shelf and decide that all of this background stuff, especially taken from this early phase in Tolkien s life as a writer, was way too different from the Middle Earth stories that I loved for me to waste any time on it Looking at where the book mark from my first attempt still sat when I picked it up again, I noticed that I didn t even get much beyond the first several pages of the introductory chapter The Cottage of Lost Play I remember thinking that it was just altogether too twee for me, what with the Eldar of Middle Earth still being referred to as faeries and the, to me, bizarre structure of a wanderer coming to a tiny cottage bigger on the inside than the outside peopled by dancing and singing children and adults who primarily sat around telling tales and reciting pretty mediocre poetry It wasn t really Middle Earth now was it Well, at the time I put down the volume and decided that I d stick with the real stuff of LotR, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion and that, as they say, was that for probably about two and a half decades Then it came about that I discovered my greatest love vis a vis Tolkien s work was growing to be the posthumously published The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales of N menor and Middle Earth, both of which contained some of the most beautiful and powerful of Tolkien s writing I looked at the corpus of The History of Middle Earth with something of a new eye and decided that I might just dip into it and see what it was like I consciously chose to first read those volumes that dealt with the matter of the First and Second ages of Middle Earth and were latest in the chronology of composition thus presumably assuring that I was coming across ideas and stories that were closer in tone and content to the ones with which I was so familiar and that thrilled me with their mythic reverberations I ended up loving what I found in Morgoth s Ring and The War of the Jewels and decided that maybe this huge work undertaken by Christopher Tolkien to present the works of his father in toto wasn t an altogether bad idea after all especially given my hunger for material regarding the tales as told in The Silmarillion.So now I find myself re embarking on the journey from the beginning and tackling the very Book of Lost Tales part one that defeated me in my youth I m glad I came back Pushing through past the point in the first chapter beyond which I never made it before I actually found a fair bit to like, even though it wasn t the undiluted Middle Earth vintage I had initially wanted I was actually reminded a bit of William Morris medieval romances that so influenced Tolkien as I read about the journey of Eriol the mariner upon the Isle of Tol Eress a and once the tales themselves began to be told I saw that there was a surprising amount of coherence between these earliest versions of the myths of Middle Earth with what eventually came to be published in The Sil The differences themselves were intriguing and I found as the chapters sped on the framing device didn t bother me half as much as once it had I will readily admit that much of the poetry in this volume leaves something to be desired I am not one of those readers of Tolkien that skips over the poems, and I think that many of them are quite beautiful esp Bilbo s poem of E rendil sung in Rivendell , but the early ones showcased in this volume are not really my cup of tea though one can certainly see Tolkien s word craft in them improving as time went on The Cottage of Lost Play itself took on greater interest as well as I started to see some parallels between it and the ultimate development of Elrond s house of Rivendell as a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep or story telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear, and sadness Eriol the mariner, a man from medieval England who has found his way to the magical isles of the west, sits in this pleasant house and has recounted to him many of the tales of the elder days when the Elves were alone in Middle Earth, or mankind just arising from their ages long slumber All of these tales are ones that a reader of The Silmarillion will already be familiar with the creation myth of the Music of the Ainur, the building of Valinor and creation of the Two Trees of Light, the battles against Melkor here named Melko and his initial imprisonment, the coming of the Elves to the blessed lands and their ultimate rebellion and return to Middle Earth in pursuit of Melko, and the myth of the creation of the sun and moon upon the death of the two trees Some of these are not very far from the final versions that were presented in The Silmarillion, while others display drastic differences such as the expanded legend of the sun and moon, the extensive bits that deal with cosmology and the make up of the world, and the inclusion of Valar who mate and even include in their number some gods of war , but it is very safe to say that unless you have a deep and abiding love for Middle Earth, and especially tales of the elder days, you probably won t get much out of this book I would agree with those who claim this is really only for aficionados of Tolkien s tales who want and who are interested in seeing the development of his mythology It is indeed a fascinating peek over the shoulder of Tolkien as he writes his tales and we finally start to get a glimpse of the sheer magnitude of the effort that his son expended simply in producing from the jumble of inter related texts about the legends of the Elves a volume as slim and relatively cohesive as The Silmarillion.I m looking forward to tackling Book II of the lost tales and proceeding with the history of Middle Earth texts at least up to volume 5 to continue to get my fix and maybe even get a taste of some legends of the elder days that I haven t already experienced in another form Recommended for hard core Tolkien fans who don t mind critical apparatus and multiple versions of tales.

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    STOP Ask yourself if you read and enjoyed The Silmarillion If the answer is yes , then you might like this book.If the answer is no, I haven t read The Silmarillion , then read that before this book.If the answer is no, I don t like like The Silmarillion , then you won t like this book.This book will give you insight into the early thoughts and ideas that eventually became the Silmarillion If you are or want to be a hardcore Tolkien fan then this book is a must, but for most casual fans of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit it isn t.

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    Having read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion many times since I was a teen, as well as Tolkien s papers, letters, and biographies, I decided it was time to go the last mile and read his son Christopher s annotated compilation of the Professor s earlier drafts BoLT I is the first of the five volume collection It covers topics familiar to anyone who has read The Silmarillion the creation of the world, the making of Valinor, the Valars conflict with Melkor, the Awakening of the Elves, and the Coming of Men but in some of the earlier drafts the details vary greatly with the canonical versions What s , all the tales in this volume are presented as having been told around a fire to Eriol, a traveler visiting the Elves living on the island of Tol Eressea Chritospher explains how that island, in his father s imagination, was an analog to the English county of Warwickshire, and bolsters the claims of those that the Shire was an allegorical representation of England, and Middle Earth as a whole was analogical to Europe though the Professor vehemently denied the latter In the tales and most particularly in Christopher Tolkien s very careful commentary one can also trace the evolution of the Quenya and Sindarin languages I had often wondered where the various Elvish dictionaries got their extensive word lists from, since so little was presented in the canon now I know, and am thrilled to find such a trove of vocabulary.

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    A story must be told or there ll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are most moving I think you are moved by Celebrimbor because it conveys a sudden sense of endless untold stories Mountains seen far away, never to be climbed, distant trees never to be approached or if so only to become near trees

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    These stories contain Tolkien s first conceptions of Middle Earth, written in notebooks, the first of which he started in high school These don t look like ramblings of a young man, but rather, a learned adult of deep, profound intelligence It appears obvious Tolkien read a mass amount of mythology and fell in love with it in childhood and in his young adult years The skill of his storytelling overwhelms me.Eriol, a mortal man visits Tol Eressia an ancient Elvish city of Middle Earth and sits to listen to tales of history The book contains stories within the story It made me remember The Lord of the Rings, when Frodo and Bilbo discuss finishing up Bilbo s notes That may be a literary reference to his son, Christopher, who compiled and edited these stories and provided exhaustive commentary I didn t read the commentary because I anticipated the stories The stories give me overwhelming, intense pleasure They make me happy Have you ever had a dream you wake up from and you feel a sense of loss because you wanted it to be true Reading this, for me, is like entering that dream and attaining that unreachable desire.He covers content in the Silmarillion, but in depth It starts with Eriol coming to The Cottage of Lost Play, a place for storytelling, which reminded me of the places ancients Greeks would discuss philosophy The content includes Illuvitar, the creator, and his creation of a pantheon and their struggle with Melkor, a rebellious member of that pantheon if this sounds familiar, Tolkien was Catholic It also covers periods of change over the creation which will inevitably become Middle Earth Melkor s original rebellion introduces the reader to the primary antagonist in the entire collection of Tolkien s Middle Earth works He introduces elves and their lands, Melkor s further corruption in darkening the creation, the creation of sun and moon by the Valar, the origin of the rainbow from a lock of female Vala hair, and the introduction of time It covers the sad withdraw of the Valar to hide from Melkor and further corruption, which gives him potential rulership over what will become the place of men, dwarves, gnomes, elves and hobbits The stories demand concentration, and it can be difficult to read Tolkien uses archaic, old style language The stories unfold as adult fairy tales that rely on telling than showing If a person can get past these potential hindrances, the stories can take you to another place and bring incredible pleasure, as well as temporary and necessary escape from stressful reality.

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    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 those who went off into the blue with Gandalf as alluded toin The Hobbit But the downside to this is that it isn t very fun to read You can only read yetanother version of Beren and Luthien so many times before you re tired of seeingthe miniscule changes from one version to the next.So, overall, I slogged through this over about a year I d say it was worth itin the end for someone like me who loves Tolkien and his entire created worldof Arda and Ea in general But I ll never re read them They come off too muchas seeming like Christopher Tolkien just bundled every scrap of paper he could find,rather than thinning them down into a logical consistency.

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    Auch wenn ich f r den Band verh ltnism ig lang gebraucht habe, bedeutet das nicht, dass ich keinen Spa hatte Vielmehr hat er so viel Inhalt, dass ich nicht zu viel auf einmal lesen konnte Sicherlich nur f r Leute interessant, die die Geschichten im Silmarillion mochten und vor allem mehr zu Tolkiens Schaffungsprozessen wissen m chten Ich bin beim Lesen so tief abgetaucht, dass es mir tats chlich vorkam, als w rde ich ein richtiges historisches Buch lesen Mittelerde und Co sind f r mich nochmal um ein Vielfaches gewachsen 3

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    I had thought that this book was a bunch of stories in the Tolkien mythology that had never been published It was only after picking this book up at the library that I discovered what it actually is After his father died, Christopher Tolkien first compiled, edited, and published The Silmarillion and then later made this twelve volume yes, twelve set of what is essentially all of his father s unpublished and generally unfinished writings This first book is what eventually was rewritten as The Silmarillion, but how Tolkien had first envisioned the telling of the story, as a man named Eriol who stumbles upon an elfin island and bids everyone he meets to tell him their history of the world I ve read the Silmarillion a couple of times, so I m generally pretty familiar with the story This is like reading Tolkien s first draft of The Silmarillion, which is a little bit weird After each chapter, Christopher Tolkien describes how each story evolved into the final story in The Silmarillion Ultimately, I think it s a better idea to read the author s final work rather than early drafts, but it s a little bit interesting to see how Tolkien changed various stories over time.Really, this is only a book for people who are very well acquainted with the story of Middle Earth and want insight into Tolkien s literary practice I would even say that it doesn t make much sense to read this unless you ve read The Silmarillion than once.

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    Don t pick this up unless you were very bummed about finishing the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion, and other greats and are craving So much that you re willing to essentially sit back in a college level literary analysis course.The stories are magical, and definitely Tolkienesque , but at times it can be a tough read.That s primarily because most of what Christopher Tolkien J.R.R s son used to put this not to mention the rest of the History of Middle Earth series together were fragments of stories, sometimes three or different versions.There is a lot of academic style commentary, complete with name comparisons, investigations of intentional vs scrapped pieces of story, notes of geography of Middle Earth gleaned from the tales, and so on.If you don t like that kind of commentary, go ahead and skip right to the stories But be warned that they ll be bit confusing to piece into the Middle Earth we know and love, and you will lose context of what s going on to understand why C Tolkien arranged the book the way that he did.

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