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The Fall of Númenor (book)

The name Fall of Númenor refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Fall of Númenor.
The Fall of Númenor
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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien
EditorBrian Sibley
IllustratorAlan Lee
Released10 November 2022
FormatHardcover/Deluxe edition

The Fall of Númenor is a forthcoming book collecting the various stories concerning Númenor and its downfall. The texts were originally written by J.R.R. Tolkien, and are here edited by Brian Sibley and illustrated by Alan Lee.[1]

[edit] From the publisher

Presenting for the first time in one volume the events of the Second Age as written by J.R.R. Tolkien and originally and masterfully edited for publication by Christopher Tolkien, this new volume will include pencil drawings and colour paintings by Alan Lee, who also illustrated The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and went on to win an Academy Award for his work on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

J.R.R. Tolkien famously described the Second Age of Middle-earth as a ‘dark age, and not very much of its history is (or need be) told’. And for many years readers would need to be content with the tantalizing glimpses of it found within the pages of The Lord of the Rings and its appendices.

It was not until Christopher Tolkien presented The Silmarillion for publication in 1977 that a fuller story could be told for, though much of its content concerned the First Age of Middle-earth, there were at its close two key works that revealed the tumultuous events concerning the rise and fall of the island-kingdom of Númenor, the Forging of the Rings of Power, the building of the Barad-dûr and the rise of Sauron, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

Christopher Tolkien provided even greater insight into the Second Age in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth in 1980, and expanded upon this in his magisterial 12-volume History of Middle-earth, in which he presented and discussed a wealth of further tales written by his father, many in draft form.

Now, using ‘The Tale of Years’ in The Lord of the Rings as a starting point, Brian Sibley has assembled from the various published texts in a way that tells for the very first time in one volume the tale of the Second Age of Middle-earth, whose events would ultimately lead to the Third Age, and the War of the Ring, as told in The Lord of the Rings.


  1. Shaun Gunner, "New Tolkien book: The Fall of Númenor to be published" dated 22 June 2022, The Tolkien Society (accessed 22 June 2022)