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A bit of elaboration


Jul 27 2013, 5:49pm

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The Silmarillion, published in 1977 by JRRT's son Christopher, was put together from numerous documents composed over a period of close to 60 years relating to Tolkien's myths of the First Age. Christopher decided to edit the various texts together into one more or less coherent volume that presented an overview of the entire First Age without any major inconsistencies (which had cropped up over the course of Tolkien's numerous revisions).

Unfinished Tales, published in 1980, is a collection of short stories, descriptive narratives, and other texts relating to The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. They were, of course, unfinished but most of them are relatively close to complete and they fill in numerous gaps of backstory for the three aforementioned books. Because the stories are incomplete they are accompanied by informative editorial notes written by Christopher Tolkien. They are mostly consistent with the three published works, though in at least one case that was due to editorial alteration by Christopher.

The History of Middle-earth, published in 12 volumes between 1983 and 1996, is an academic study and analysis of the evolution of Tolkien's stories that became The Silmarillion (along with about four volumes detailing the creation of The Lord of the Rings). It contains numerous stories but most of them are in severe states of incompletion and are presented in the context of a serious scholarly attempt to make sense of Tolkien's creative process and invented mythology. Much of the books consists of Christopher's findings about the evolution of the mythos and in a few places he comments on his earlier attempts to create a consistent version (for the 1977 Silmarillion) and questions some of his own decisions. They contain early versions of many of the texts that had been published to that date but their interest is mainly academic. If you just want to read stories set in Middle-earth I wouldn't recommend HoME, though it is an extremely rewarding experience if you want to gain a deeper knowledge of Tolkien.

Hope this helps! Wink

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(This post was edited by Eldorion on Jul 27 2013, 5:51pm)

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