It took five sets and an extra two weeks after the release date, but I finally, finally got it.
I pre-ordered this book set from my indie bookshop in July and proceeded to wait for the October 6 release date, but when the first four sets arrived damaged, the bookseller was not about to give me a damaged set after I’d paid so much money for it, so I waited.
But it’s finally here.
The History of Middle-earth, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, in a three-volume hardback edition with a decorative box covered in faux-leather with J.R.R. Tolkien’s sigil imprinted on the sides.
The first volume contains:
- The Book of Lost Tales, Part One
- The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two
- The Lays of Beleriand
- The Shaping of Middle-earth
- The Lost Road and Other Writings
The second volume contains:
The third volume contains:
What is The History of Middle-earth? It contains hundreds of pages of stories, drafts, and notes that Tolkien wrote during the decades when he built the world of Arda, the ancient lands where The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings took place. I’ve already read several of these books, but it has been a long time, and the more I delve into the background of Middle-earth, the more I want to dig into these books once more. Right now, I am planning to make it a reading project for 2021, once I finish my yearly re-read of The Lord of the Rings.
I hope you’re ready for some extreme geeking out over Tolkien. It’s going to be great.