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The Peoples of Middle-earth

The Peoples of Middle-earth
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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien
EditorChristopher Tolkien
PublisherHarperCollins (UK)
Houghton Mifflin (US)
Released2 September 1996 (UK)
6 December 1996 (US)
FormatHardcover; paperback
Preceded byThe War of the Jewels
Followed byThe History of Middle-earth Index

The Peoples of Middle-earth, published in 1996, is the twelfth and final volume of Christopher Tolkien's 12-volume book series, The History of Middle-earth, in which he analyzes the unpublished manuscripts of J.R.R. Tolkien.

This book covers the development of the Prologue and Appendices of The Lord of the Rings, information on Elvish tongues and other languages of Middle-earth as provided by Pengoloð, and two stories Tolkien didn't finish: The New Shadow (a quickly-abandoned sequel to TLotR) and an account of Númenóreans of which Tal-Elmar is the protagonist.


[edit] Contents

  • Foreword
Part One: The Prologue and Appendices to The Lord of the Rings
Part Two: Late Writings
Part Three: Teachings of Pengoloð
Part Four: Unfinished Tales

[edit] Inscriptions

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 XII reads:

"This is the last volume of the work of Christopher Tolkien in which he has collected a great part of all that his father John Ronald Reuel Tolkien wrote of Middle-earth and Valinor. In this book is traced the devising of the history of the later ages in the Northwest of Middle-earth after the Great Battle and the Fall of Morgoth."

[edit] From the publisher

The concluding volume of The History of Middle-earth series, which examines the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings.

The Peoples of Middle-earth traces the evolution of the Appendices to The Lord of The Rings, which provide a comprehensive historical structure of the Second and Third Ages, including Calendars, Hobbit genealogies and the Westron language. The book concludes with two unique abandoned stories: The New Shadow, set in Gondor during the Fourth Age, and the tale of Tal-Elmar, in which the coming of the dreaded Númenórean ships is seen through the eyes of men of Middle-earth in the Dark Years.

With the publication of this book, the long history of J.R.R. Tolkien’s creation is completed and the enigmatic state of his work can be understood.

[edit] Publication history and gallery

UK Editions
1996 hardcover  
1997 paperback  
2002 paperback  
2010 hardcover  

The History of Middle-earth series
i.The Book of Lost Tales: Part One · ii.The Book of Lost Tales: Part Two · iii.The Lays of Beleriand
iv.The Shaping of Middle-earth · v.The Lost Road and Other Writings · vi.The Return of the Shadow
vii.The Treason of Isengard · viii.The War of the Ring · ix.Sauron Defeated
x.Morgoth's Ring · xi.The War of the Jewels · xii.The Peoples of Middle-earth