For readers who like fast paced actionthis is not a series I would recommend. It progresses quite slowly and the descriptions are lengthy - not really my type. But if you have the patience, the plot is worth it. And, no, I was not a hippie stoner, as some hostile reviewers here think that lovers of this book must be.
The Letters of J. You may very well be able to get away without reading it, but there are clear back-references. The Silmarillion does not presume that you have read The Lord of the Rings, but would probably not be interesting to someone who is not already invested in Middle-earth.
The Great Tales trilogy are stories from The Silmarillion in more detailed forms. They require an understanding of the First Age stories to appreciate. All three of these contain significant amounts of re-printed text from The Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth.
These books are written to present that material in a smoother, more entertainment oriented fashion, rather than the dryer and more academic tome of the other versions.
The Unfinished Tales are exactly what it says on the tin. They contain some of Christopher Tolkien's notes about the source of the text, but are mostly readable as stories.
Familiarity with The Silmarillion is essential here. The Letters of Tolkien is a very interesting read, and could really be read almost anywhere in series. It is not, of course, a story. You should not read The History of Middle-earth unless you are totally fanatic. It is not a series of stories, but an extended discussion of the writing of The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, and some ancillary works.
If you do read it, you will want to use two bookmarks, one for the primary text, and one for the copious footnotes that follow. Expect large chunks of any story you might get into reading to be removed, and replaced with a reference to The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales, or an earlier volume of the series.
Christopher Tolkien basically skipped over The Hobbit in the main history. Rateliff takes over as the chronicler, doing an excellent job of examining the evolution of The Hobbit, and how it tied into the emerging legendarium. It makes a lot of references to The History of Middle-earth, so familiarity with that is necessary.
It does not go into detail on the revisions to the hobbit, so it's recommended that you pair this with The Annotated Hobbit Douglas A.CliffsNotes on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides) (Graduate Management Admission Council); and LSAT (Law School Admission Council.) The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit About the Author.
No Bio CliffsNotes on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit (Cliffsnotes Literature Reviews: Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power, the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth.
All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring, the ring that rules them all, which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins/10(). The final part, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, is a brief account of the circumstances which led to and were presented in The Lord of the Rings.
The five parts were initially separate works, but it was the elder Tolkien's express wish that they be published together. Author: J. R. R.
Tolkien. The Silmarillion is actually Tolkien's first book and also his last. In origin it precedes even The Hobbit, and is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's Middle Earth.
It shows us the ancient history to which characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, talk, rhyme and sing about. May 22, · A speech from Tolkien, in the first years of his success with Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien Reveals TRUE Meaning Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' In Unearthed Audio Recording.
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