The War of the Jewels
|The War of the Jewels|
Houghton Mifflin (US)
|Released||20 October 1994 (UK)|
6 December 1994 (US)
|Preceded by||Morgoth's Ring (1993)|
|Followed by||The Peoples of Middle-earth (1996)|
The War of the Jewels, published in 1994, is the eleventh volume of Christopher Tolkien's 12-volume book series, The History of Middle-earth, in which he analyzes the unpublished manuscripts of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Continuing from the previous Morgoth's Ring, this volume provides detailed writings and editorial commentary pertaining to Tolkien's cosmology that eventually would become the published The Silmarillion.
Contents[edit | edit source]
- Part One: The Grey Annals
- Part Two: The Later Quenta Silmarillion (continued from Morgoth's Ring)
- IX. "Of Men"
- X. "Of the Siege of Angband"
- XI. "Of Beleriand and Its Realms"
- XII. "Of Turgon and the Building of Gondolin"
- XIII. "Concerning the Dwarves"
- XIV. "Of the Coming of Men into the West"
- XV. "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
- "The Last Chapters"
- Part Three: The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings
- Part Four: Quendi and Eldar
Inscriptions[edit | edit source]
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 XI reads:
- "In this book are recorded the last writings of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien concerning the wars of Beleriand, here also is told the story of how Húrin Thali[o]n brought ruin to the Men of Brethil, with much else concerning the Edain and Dwarves and the names of many peoples in the speech of the Elves."
From the publisher[edit | edit source]
The second of two companion volumes which documents the later writing of The Silmarillion, Tolkien’s epic tale of war.
In The War of the Jewels Christopher Tolkien takes up his account of the later history of The Silmarillion from the point where it was left in Morgoth’s Ring. The story now returns to Middle-earth, and the ruinous conflict of the High Elves and the Men who were their allies with the power of the Dark Lord. With the publication in this book of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s later narrative writing concerned with the last centuries of the First Age, the long history of The Silmarillion, from its beginning in The Book of Lost Tales, is completed; and the enigmatic state of the work at his death can be understood.
This book contains the full text of The Grey Annals, the primary record of The War of the Jewels, and a major story of Middle-earth now published for the first time: the tale of the disaster that overtook the forest people of Brethil when Hurin the Steadfast came among them after his release from long years of captivity in Angband, the fortress of Morgoth.
Publication history and gallery[edit | edit source]
- UK Editions
- HarperCollins hardcover (1994), pp. 470. ISBN 0261103148
- HarperCollins paperback (1995), ISBN 0261103245 (cover art by John Howe)
- HarperCollins paperback (2002), ISBN 0261103245
- HarperCollins hardcover (2010), ISBN 0007365357
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- A content guide for this volume at Tolkienbooks.net
|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 · (Index)