Unfinished Tales are classic collections from J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings before he passed away. It is unfortunate for us that he couldn’t finish them because I loved reading everything about The Hobbit, Lord of The Rings, and even The Children of Hùrin.
I admit I haven’t read the Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales, yet. His creations and worlds are fascinating, and I have swept away. If you’ve read The Hobbit, I think it is a much lighter children’s tale then the Peter Jackson’s Fantasy. Both are great, though.
Unfinished Tales is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and provides those who have read The Lord of the Rings with a whole collection of background and new stories from the twentieth century’s most acclaimed popular author.
The book concentrates on the realm of Middle-earth and comprises such elements as Gandalf’s lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan.
Unfinished Tales also contains the only story about the long ages of Numenor before its downfall, and all that is known about such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantiri and the legend of Amroth. The tales were collated and edited by JRR Tolkien’s son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien, who provides a short commentary on each story, helping the reader to fill in the gaps and put each story into the context of the rest of his father’s writings.
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