Morgoth's Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part One, is the first of two volumes on the later development of The Silmarillion, and volume 10 of the The History of Middle-earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien.
The book explores the time after the publication of The Lord of the Rings when J.R.R. Tolkien returned to "the Matter of the Elder Days." The text of the Annals of Aman, the "Blessed Land" in the far West, is given in full; while in writings hitherto unknown is seen the nature of the problems that Tolkien explored in his later years, as new and radical ideas, portending upheaval in the old narratives, emerged at the heart of the mythology, and as the destinies of Men and Elves, mortals and immortals, became of central significance, together with a vastly enlarged perception of the evil of Melkor, the Shadow upon Arda. The second part of this history of the later Silmarillion is concerned with developments in the legends of Beleriand after the completion of The Lord of the Rings.
- "This book indeed is all about Morgoth. Incomparably greater than the power of Sauron, concentrated in the One Ring, Morgoth's power (Tolkien wrote) was dispersed into the very matter of Arda: 'The whole of Middle-earth was Morgoth's Ring.'"
- ― From the jacket cover