The paperback edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s final writings on the lands, inhabitants, and metaphysics of Middle-earth, perfect for those who have read and enjoyed The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth, and want to learn more about Tolkien’s magnificent world.
It is well known that J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit in 1937 and The Lord of the Rings in 1954–5. What may be less known is that he continued to write about Middle-earth in the decades that followed, right up until the years before his death in 1973.
For him, Middle-earth was part of an entire world to be explored, and the writings in The Nature of Middle-earth reveal the journeys that he took as he sought to better understand his unique creation. From sweeping themes as profound as Elvish immortality and reincarnation, and the Powers of the Valar, to the more earthbound subjects of the lands and beasts of Númenor, the geography of the Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor, and even who had beards!
This new collection—edited by Carl F. Hostetter, one of the world’s leading Tolkien experts—is a veritable treasure-trove offering readers a chance to peer over Professor Tolkien’s shoulder at the very moment of discovery: and on every page, Middle-earth is once again brought to extraordinary life.
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over sixty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
“Lord of the Rings fans who want to know more about famed fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary world will find much of interest in his final writings on Middle-earth. The collection is being published for the first time, and covers topics like Elvish immortality and reincarnation.” — Entertainment Weekly, “Must List”
"For devotees, this will be a treasure." — Publishers Weekly
"A treat for the serious Tolkien reader and scholar, with so much detail packed in that it gives a taste of the impressive scope of Tolkien’s vision for his beloved Middle-earth realm." — Bookreporter.com