Houghton Mifflin (US)
|Released||23 September 1993 (UK)|
14 December 1993 (US)
|Preceded by||Sauron Defeated (1992)|
|Followed by||The War of the Jewels (1994)|
This volume, along with the subsequent The War of the Jewels, provides detailed writings and editorial commentary pertaining to Tolkien's cosmology that eventually would become the published The Silmarillion. This volume mentions a few characters excluded elsewhere, including Findis and Irimë, the daughters of Finwë.
The title of this volume comes from a statement in one of Tolkien's essays:
- "Just as Sauron concentrated his power in the One Ring, Morgoth dispersed his power into the very matter of Arda, thus the whole of Middle-earth was Morgoth's Ring."
- Part Three: The Later Quenta Silmarillion
- The First Phase
- I. "Of the Valar"
- II. "Of Valinor and the Two Trees"
- III. "Of the Coming of the Elves"
- IV. "Of Thingol and Melian"
- V. "Of Eldanor and the Princes of the Eldalië"
- VI. "Of the Silmarils and the Darkening of Valinor"
- VII. "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
- VIII. "Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"
- The Second Phase
- "The Valaquenta"
- "The Earliest Version of the Story of Finwë and Míriel"
- "Laws and Customs Among the Eldar"
- "Later Versions of the Story of Finwë and Míriel"
- "Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
- "Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor"
- "Of the Darkening of Valinor"
- "Of the Rape of the Silmarils"
- "Of the Thieves' Quarrel"
- Part Four: Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth
- Notes on the Commentary
- Appendix: The Converse of Manwë and Eru
- Part Five: Myths Transformed
- Appendix: Synopsis of the Texts
There is an inscription in the Tengwar characters in the first pages of every History of Middle-earth volume, written by Christopher Tolkien and describing the contents of the book. The inscription in Book X reads:
- "In this book are given many of the later writings of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien concerning the history of the Elder Days from the Music of the Ainur to the Hiding of Valinor; here much is told of the Sun and Moon; of the immortal Eldar and the death of the Atani; of the beginning of the Orcs and of the evil power of Melkor, the Morgoth, the Black Foe of the World."
From the publisher
The first of two companion volumes which documents the later writing of The Silmarillion, Tolkien's epic tale of war.
After the The Lord of the Rings was at last achieved, J.R.R. Tolkien turned his attention once again 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.
Publication history and gallery
- UK Editions
- HarperCollins hardcover (1993), pp. 480. ISBN 0261103040
- HarperCollins paperback (1994), ISBN 0261103008 (cover art by John Howe)
- HarperCollins paperback (2002), ISBN 0261103008
- HarperCollins hardcover (2010), ISBN 0007365349