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The Fall of Númenor: and Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-earth Kindle Edition
J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings on the Second Age of Middle-earth, collected for the first time in one volume.
J.R.R. Tolkien famously described the Second Age of Middle-earth as a ‘dark age, and not very much of its history is (or need be) told’. And for many years readers would need to be content with the tantalizing glimpses of it found within the pages of The Lord of the Rings and its appendices, including the forging of the Rings of Power, the building of the Barad-dûr and the rise of Sauron.
It was not until Christopher Tolkien published The Silmarillion after his father’s death that a fuller story could be told. Although much of the book’s content concerned the First Age of Middle-earth, there were at its close two key works that revealed the tumultuous events concerning the rise and fall of the island of Númenor. Raised out of the Great Sea and gifted to the Men of Middle-earth as a reward for aiding the angelic Valar and the Elves in the defeat and capture of the Dark Lord Morgoth, the kingdom became a seat of influence and wealth; but as the Númenóreans’ power increased, the seed of their downfall would inevitably be sown, culminating in the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.
Even greater insight into the Second Age would be revealed in subsequent publications, first in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, then expanded upon in Christopher Tolkien’s magisterial twelve-volume The History of Middle-earth, in which he presented and discussed a wealth of further tales written by his father, many in draft form.
Now, adhering to the timeline of ‘The Tale of Years’ in the appendices to The Lord of the Rings, editor Brian Sibley has assembled into one comprehensive volume a new chronicle of the Second Age of Middle-earth, told substantially in the words of J.R.R. Tolkien from the various published texts, with new illustrations in watercolour and pencil by the doyen of Tolkien art, Alan Lee.
‘Physically beautiful and sometimes overwhelming in its power, this book is a grand compendium of all Tolkien said about the period when the foundations of The Lord of the Rings are laid’
John Garth, THE GUARDIAN
‘It brings a Biblical grandeur to Tolkien’s fictional history’
WINTER IS COMING
‘A trove of source material about one of Middle-earth’s most intriguing and central back stories. The book is beautifully illustrated by Alan Lee and nimbly edited by Brian Sibley’
‘For those wishing to expand their understanding of Middle-earth and the incredible legend crafted by Tolkien, this is an essential piece to complete that puzzle’
‘How, given little over half a century of work, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?’
‘Demanding to be compared with English mythologies… at times rises to the greatness of true myth’
‘A creation of singular beauty… magnificent in its best moments’
About the Author
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 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
Brian Sibley is a noted writer and broadcaster best known in Tolkien circles for his work on the BBC’s epic 1981 radio serialisation of The Lord of the Rings, as well as books about the maps of Middle-earth and the making of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. In 2022 he was the recipient of the Tolkien Society’s ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B0B4FF4S4V
- Publisher : HarperCollins (10 November 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 43960 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008537836
- Best Sellers Rank: #339,889 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although, sometimes it feels disjointed, I think Brian Sibley's presentation still works, he presents the work of JRR & Christopher Tolkien with the respect it deserves.
And reading for e.g. the story of Aldarion & Erendis, you can't help feeling that this story would have been better to be adapted to TV then the recent series, especially since it involves Círdan, Gil-galad and even the growing threat of Sauron; it also involves the founding of the Númenorean port of Vinyalondë in Middle Earth & the meeting of the men of Númenor & those of Middle Earth.
The above is one example, but I highly enjoyed the book, once you start reading it, it's hard to put it down; the only negative thing I can think to say about it is the fact I enjoyed the book because I'm a fan of the legendarium, but I'm not too if new fans would like it as much.
But I really enjoyed this book, so much so I'm going to start getting some of the other ones I've not read (e.g. 'The Fall of Gondolin')... feels nice to be back reading some Tolkien...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 12 November 2022
The book is also beautifully present on a nice thick paper, with a mix of blue, black, and red inks within the text, and Alan Lee’s illustrations all making the book a worthwhile addition to the collection.
Maybe it is just me and I am not interesting in the subject matter to invest my time in it. The probable truth is that Tolkien wrote the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and enough scraps to fill the Silmarillion. HoME was a forensic analysis of the scraps and the re-writes, and these books are re-hashes of the content of HoME.
One wonders what the next book will be - I am hoping for the Laundry Lists as mentioned by a reviewer of the Nature of Middle Earth can't be more boring than this.