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The Lost Road and Other Writings

The Lost Road and Other Writings
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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
PublisherUnwin Hyman (UK)
Houghton Mifflin (US)
Released27 August 1987 (UK)
30 November 1987 (US)
FormatHardcover
Pages464
ISBN0395455197

The Lost Road and Other Writings is the fifth volume of The History of Middle-earth. At the end of 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien reluctantly set aside his work on the myths and heroic legends of Valinor and Middle-earth and began The Lord of the Rings. This fifth volume of The History of Middle-earth completes the examination of his writing up to that time. Later forms of The Annals of Valinor and The Annals of Beleriand had been composed, The Silmarillion was nearing completion in a greatly amplified form, and a new Map had been made. The legend of the Downfall of Numenor had entered the work, including those central ideas: the World Made Round and the Straight Path into the vanished West. Closely associated with this was the abandoned 'time-travel' story The Lost Road, linking the world of Numenor and Middle-earth with the legends of many other times and peoples. Also included in this volume is The Lhammas, an essay on the complex languages and dialects of Middle-earth, and an 'etymological dictionary' containing an extensive account of Elvish vocabularies.

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Part One: The Fall of Númenor and the Lost Road

  1. "The Early History of the Legend"
  2. "The Fall of Númenor"
  3. "The Lost Road"

Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings

  1. "The Texts and their Relations"
  2. "The Later Annals of Valinor"
  3. "The Later Annals of Beleriand"
  4. "Ainulindalë"
  5. "The Lhammas"
  6. "Quenta Silmarillion"

Part Three

  1. "The Etymologies"



The History of Middle-earth
The Book of Lost Tales Part One · The Book of Lost Tales Part Two · The Lays of Beleriand · The Shaping of Middle-earth · The Lost Road and Other Writings · The Return of the Shadow · The Treason of Isengard · The War of the Ring · Sauron Defeated · Morgoth's Ring · The War of the Jewels · The Peoples of Middle-earth · Index