The Nature of Middle-earth
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The Nature of Middle-earth

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This elegant slipcased edition presents for collectors the first ever publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's final writings on Middle-earth, covering a wide range of subjects. Stamped in gold foil, and printed on heavyweight acid-free paper, it includes a ribbon marker and is housed in a custom-built matching slipcase.



It is well known that J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit in 1937 and The Lord of the Rings in 1954-5. What may be less known is that he continued to write about Middle-earth in the decades that followed, right up until the years before his death in 1973.


For him, Middle-earth was part of an entire world to be explored, and the writings in The Nature of Middle-earth reveal the journeys that he took as he sought to better understand his unique creation. From sweeping themes as complex and profound as the metaphysics of Elvish immortality and reincarnation, and the Powers of the Valar, to the more earth-bound subjects of the lands and beasts of Numenor, the geography of the Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor, and even who had beards!


This new collection, which has been edited by Carl F Hostetter, one of the world's leading Tolkien experts, is a veritable treasure-trove offering readers a chance to peer over Professor Tolkien's shoulder at the very moment of discovery: and on every page, Middle-earth is once again brought to extraordinary life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 149 x 228 x 60mm | 1,420g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Special edition
  • Deluxe edition
  • 1 col plates, Index
  • 0008440573
  • 9780008440572
  • 40,311

Review quote

'A continuation of the many previous volumes assembled by Tolkien's son, Christopher Tolkien, that allow readers to see the author "thinking... on paper". For devotees, this will be a treasure.'


Publishers Weekly




'How, given little over half a century, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?'


Guardian
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About J. R. R. Tolkien

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into almost 70 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
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