Unfinished Tales / A Description of the Island of Númenor
"Unfinished Tales"; Part II
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A descriptive rather than narrative work in which Christopher Tolkien has included selections from his father's account of the isle of Númenor, more especially as it concerns the physical nature of the Island, since it clarifies and naturally accompanies the tale of Aldarion and Erendis.
The opening lines of the tale itself give more details about the origin of the material, used for the description of the island:
- The account of the Island of Númenor that here follows is derived from descriptions and simple maps that were long preserved in the archives of the Kings of Gondor. These represent indeed but a small part of all that was once written, for many natural histories and geographies were composed by learned men in Númenor; but these, like nearly all else of the arts and sciences of Númenor at its high tide, disappeared in the Downfall.
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