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Strictly not in [[The History of Middle-earth]] series. This is a wonderful book, I like it even more than the Hobbit. Only after I had read this book did I understand the true scope of Tolkien's imagination. [[J.R.R. Tolkien|J.R.R.Tolkien's]] Unfinished Tales is a collection ranging from the time of [[The Silmarillion]] - the Elder days of [[Middle-earth]] - to the end of the War of the Ring in [[The Lord of the Rings]]. Its many treasures include Gandalf's lively account of how he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and a description of the military organisation of the Riders of Rohan. Lovers of Tolkien's mythology will be fascinated to read the only story from the long ages of Numenor before its downfall, and all that is known of such matters as the Five Wizzards, the Palantiri, and the legend of Amroth. The collection has been edited by [[Christopher Tolkien]], who provides a commentary placing each of the Tales in the context of his father's work.
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'''''Unfinished Tales''''' (full title ''Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth'') is a collection of stories by [[J. R. R. Tolkien]] that were never completed during his lifetime, but were edited by his son [[Christopher Tolkien]] and published in [[1980]].
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Unlike ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', for which the narrative fragments were modified to connect into a consistent and coherent work, the ''Unfinished Tales'' are presented as Tolkien left them, with little more than names changed (the author having had a confusing habit of trying out different names for a character while writing a draft).  Thus some of these are incomplete stories, while others are collections of "factual" information about [[Middle-earth]]. Each tale is followed by a long series of notes explaining inconsistencies and obscure points.
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As with ''The Silmarillion'', Christopher Tolkien edited and published ''Unfinished Tales'' before he had finished his study of the materials in his father's archive. Despite its shortcomings in editorial consistency, ''Unfinished Tales'' does provide more detailed information about characters, events and places mentioned only briefly in ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''. Versions of such tales including the origins of [[Gandalf]] and the [[Istari]] (Wizards), the death of [[Isildur]] and the loss of the [[One Ring]] in the [[Gladden Fields]], and the founding of the kingdom of [[Rohan]] help expand knowledge about Middle-earth.  
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Of particular note is the tale of [[Aldarion]] and [[Erendis]], the only known story of [[Númenor]] before its fall. A map of Númenor is also included in the book.
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The commercial success of ''Unfinished Tales'' demonstrated that the demand for Tolkien's stories several years after his death was not only still present, it was growing. Encouraged by the result, Christopher Tolkien began to embark upon the more ambitious twelve-volume work entitled ''[[The History of Middle-earth]]'' which encompasses nearly the entire corpus of Tolkien's writings about Middle-earth.
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== Contents ==
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Part One: The [[First Age]]:
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* "Of [[Tuor]] and his Coming to [[Gondolin]]"
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* "[[Narn i Chîn Húrin]] (The Tale of the Children of [[Húrin]])" <!-- Chîn and not Hîn, see article -->
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Part Two: The [[Second Age]]:
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* "A Description of the Island of [[Númenor]]"
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* "[[Aldarion]] and [[Erendis]]: The Mariner's Wife"
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* "The Line of [[Elros]]: Kings of Númenor"
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* "The History of [[Galadriel]] and [[Celeborn]]"
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Part Three: The [[Third Age]]:
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* "The Disaster of the [[Gladden Fields]]"
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* "[[Cirion]] and [[Eorl]] and the Friendship of [[Gondor]] and [[Rohan]]"
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* "[[The Quest of Erebor]]"
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* "The Hunt for the [[One Ring|Ring]]"
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* "The Battles of the [[Fords of Isen]]"
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Part Four
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* "The [[Drúedain]]"
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* "The [[Istari]]"
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* "The [[Palantír]]i"
  
 
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Revision as of 18:50, 20 November 2005

Unfinished Tales (full title Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth) is a collection of stories by J. R. R. Tolkien that were never completed during his lifetime, but were edited by his son Christopher Tolkien and published in 1980.

Unlike The Silmarillion, for which the narrative fragments were modified to connect into a consistent and coherent work, the Unfinished Tales are presented as Tolkien left them, with little more than names changed (the author having had a confusing habit of trying out different names for a character while writing a draft). Thus some of these are incomplete stories, while others are collections of "factual" information about Middle-earth. Each tale is followed by a long series of notes explaining inconsistencies and obscure points.

As with The Silmarillion, Christopher Tolkien edited and published Unfinished Tales before he had finished his study of the materials in his father's archive. Despite its shortcomings in editorial consistency, Unfinished Tales does provide more detailed information about characters, events and places mentioned only briefly in The Lord of the Rings. Versions of such tales including the origins of Gandalf and the Istari (Wizards), the death of Isildur and the loss of the One Ring in the Gladden Fields, and the founding of the kingdom of Rohan help expand knowledge about Middle-earth.

Of particular note is the tale of Aldarion and Erendis, the only known story of Númenor before its fall. A map of Númenor is also included in the book.

The commercial success of Unfinished Tales demonstrated that the demand for Tolkien's stories several years after his death was not only still present, it was growing. Encouraged by the result, Christopher Tolkien began to embark upon the more ambitious twelve-volume work entitled The History of Middle-earth which encompasses nearly the entire corpus of Tolkien's writings about Middle-earth.

Contents

Part One: The First Age:

Part Two: The Second Age:

Part Three: The Third Age:

Part Four