Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth

J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth


Most Tolkien fans probably know that he had trouble finishing his work. Even with the books he finished, he revised later editions. This was because he was constantly developing his universe. Rather than simply writing a new story in the universe and moving on, like many contemporary writers of multi-story universes, he jumped around the timeline, making additions and changes, evolving the characters and situations as his own understanding evolved. "Unfinished Tales" presents stories which he never quite finished, or had multiple or partial rewrites. In addition, his son Christopher adds lots of commentary to help the reader understand the details and discrepancies in each piece. The result is a mélange of amuses bouche which while tasty, will leave the unprepared reader only partially satisfied.

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