The Shaping of Middle-earth

The Shaping of Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien

Author:J.R.R. Tolkien; (edited and commented by Christopher Tolkien)
Title:The Shaping of Middle-earth
Published:1986 by George Allen & Unwin


Vol IV of the HoMe series.

In this fourth volume of The History of Middle-earth, the shaping of the chronological and geographical structure of the legends of Middle-earth and Valinor is spread before us.

We are introduced to the hitherto unknown Ambarkanta or 'Shape of the World', the only account ever given of the nature of the imagined Universe, accompanied by maps and diagrams of the world before and after the cataclysms of The War of the Gods and the Downfall of Numenor. The first map of Beleriand is also reproduced and discussed.

In The Annals of Valinor and The Annals of Beleriand we are shown how the chronology of the First Age was moulded; and the tale is told ∆lfwine, the Englishman who voyaged into the True West and came to Tol EressŽa, the Lonely Isle, where he learned the ancient history of Elves and Men. Also included are the original 'Silmarillion' of 1926, and the Quenta Noldorinwa of 1930 - the only version of the myths and legends of the First Age that J R R Tolkien completed to their end.

description from the back-cover of the book

This volume also contains the poem {The Horns of Ylmir}?

The complete History of Middle-earth series:
Vol I Vol II Vol III Vol IV Vol V Vol VI Vol VII Vol VIII Vol IX Vol X Vol XI Vol XII

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