The Book of Lost Tales Part One
|The Book of Lost Tales, Part 1|
|Author||J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien|
|Publisher||George Allen and Unwin (UK)|
Houghton Mifflin (US)
|Released||27 October 1983 (UK)|
22 February 1984 (US)
The Book of Lost Tales Part One is the first volume of The History of Middle-earth. It describes the beginning of the conception of Middle-earth and Valinor. The Tales were the first form of the myths and legends that came to be called The Silmarillion. Embedded in English legend and Old English association, they are set in the narrative frame of a great westward voyage over the Ocean by a mariner named Eriol to Tol Eressëa, the "Lonely Isle", where Elves dwelt; from them he learned their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. In these Tales are found the earliest accounts and original ideas of the Gods and the creation of the world, the Elves and their coming to Valinor, the Two Trees and the Silmarils, the thelf of Melko and the Exile of the Noldoli; which later continue in The Book of Lost Tales Part Two.
 From the publisher
The first of a two-book set that contains the early myths and legends which led to the writing of Tolkien's epic tale of war, The Silmarillion. The Book of Lost Tales stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor for the Tales were the first form of the myths and legends that came to be called The Silmarillion. Embedded in English legend and English association, they are set in the narrative frame of a great westward voyage over the Ocean by a mariner named Eriol to the lonely Isle where the Elves dwelt; from them he learned their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. In the Tales are found the earliest accounts of Gods and Elves, Dwarves, Balrogs and Orcs; of the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor; of the geography and cosmology of Tolkien's invented world. This series of fascinating books has now been repackaged to complement the distinctive and classic style of the 'black cover' A-format paperbacks of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.
- "The Cottage of Lost Play" – the "framework" story
- "The Music of the Ainur" – the first version of what would become the Ainulindalë
- "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor" – later Valaquenta and first chapters of Quenta Silmarillion
- "The Chaining of Melko" – Melko is an earlier name of Melkor
- "The Coming of the Elves and the Making of Kôr" – Kôr is the original name of Tirion upon Túna
- "The Theft of Melko and the Darkening of Valinor"
- "The Flight of the Noldoli" – "Noldoli" or "Gnomes" are the Elves later called the Noldor
- "The Tale of the Sun and Moon"
- "The Hiding of Valinor"
- "Gilfanon's Tale: The Travail of the Noldoli and the Coming of Mankind"
 Editions, selection
|The History of Middle-earth series|
|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|