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The Complete History of Middle-Earth Boxed Set (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 21. Oktober 2002


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 5392 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Collins Publ. UK; Auflage: New edition (21. Oktober 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007105088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007105083
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 15,9 x 24,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 48.844 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'One marvels anew at the depth, breadth and persistence of J.R.R. Tolkien's labour. No one sympathetic to his aims -- the invention of a secondary universe -- will want to miss this chance to be present at the creation.' Publishers Weekly

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The complete 12-book History of Middle-earth, printed in three volumes and set in a matching box. J.R.R. Tolkien is famous the world over for his unique literary creation, exemplified in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. What is less well known, however, is that he also produced a vast amount of further material that greatly expands upon the mythology and numerous stories of Middle-earth, and which gives added life to the thousand-year war between the Elves and the evil spirit Morgoth, and his terrifying lieutenant, Sauron. It was to this enormous task of literary construction that his Tolkien's youngest son and literary heir, Christopher, applied himself to produce the monumental and endlessly fascinating series of twelve books, The History of Middle-earth. This very special collector's edition brings together all twelve books into three hardback volumes -- over 5,000 pages of fascinating Tolkien material -- and places them in one matching box.

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10 von 10 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Michael W. Perry am 4. Juli 2010
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NOTE: The individual volumes in the 12-volume History of Middle-Earth series are also published in three large 'Parts' in a series inconsistently titled either The Complete History of Middle-earth and The History of Middle-earth

Part 1 contains volumes I-V from the single-volume series.
Part 2 contains volumes VI to IX from the single-volume series.
Part 3 contains volumes X-XII from the single-volume series.

Which you might buy depends on your taste and how you plan to use the books. Would you rather have three bulky volumes of about 1500 pages each or twelve volumes that are typically 450 pages long?

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Collections of an author's work are often confusing, particularly when what the author has created is as complex as Tolkien's writings. Here's an overview of the twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, which was edited by his son Christopher Tolkien. Hopefully, it will help you select which book or books to buy.

Keep something in mind. In the U.S. Houghton Mifflin publishes Tolkien's authorized works in hardback and trade paperback editions, while Ballantine Books publishes them as cheaper mass-market paperbacks. For some reason, Ballantine doesn't always make it clear that some of their titles are part of the same History of Middle-earth series as those published by Houghton Mifflin. If the title is the same, the content is the same. Which you buy depends on your taste in books and finances. I have copies of both.

GROUP ONE, VOLUMES I - V, EARLY TALES

These five volumes deal primarily with Tolkien's writings before the publication of The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-55). In them, Tolkien was struggling as a still unknown author to create his first history of Middle-earth.
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23 von 24 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 14. Februar 2003
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Endlich eine Sammleredition der HIME und dann gleich auch noch eine so hervorragend gestaltete wie diese hier. Der Schuber ist ganz in schwarz gehalten, mit einer Kartonstärke von fast einem halben Zentimeter ist er ausserdem ausserst stabil. Als Verzierung ist in Gold das Siegel Tolkiens aufgeprägt.
Die darin enthaltenen drei Bücher sind die selben wie sie hier bei amazon.de auch als Einzelexemplare erhältlich sind, trotz der dünnen Seiten sind sie bei pfleglicher Behandlung durchaus lange haltbar. Ausserdem wurden die Seitenzahlen der einzelnen Bände beibehalten, d.h. der von Christopher Tolkien zusammengestellte Index of HIME kann problemlos verwendet werden.
An dieser Stelle möchte ich auch mal amazon.de danken für die stets prompte Abwicklung der Bestellungen. Besonder als ich diese Ausgabe orderte habe ich mir Sorgen gemacht ob die Post wohl pfleglich mit dem Paket umgehen würde. Aber meine Sorgen waren unbegründet, die gute Verpackung verhinderte jeden Transportschaden.
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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von AK am 25. Januar 2013
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Die dreibändige Veröffentlichung der History of Middle Earth macht sich nicht nur ausgesprochen gut im Regal, auch die generelle Verarbeitung und Qualität stimmen einfach auf allen Ebenen.
Zum Inhalt nur ein paar kurze Worte: vermutlich nur für diejenigen die sich wirklich aktiv mit den Entwicklungen und Hintergründen der Romane ausführlich beschäftigen möchten, aber für diese eine Goldgrube!

Die vorliegende Ausgabe ist auch die einzig wahre Form welche den Büchern angemessen ist: wunderschön gebundene und stabile Hardcover-Bücher in einem schicken Karton.

Der Druck und die enthaltenen Karten etc. sind sehr schön und auf keinen Fall billig gemacht. Das Papier ist zwar ein wenig dünn, aber tut dem ganzen keinen Abbruch. Anderweitig hätte der gesamt Inhalt wohl den Rahmen von drei Bänden gesprengt, und in der "kompakten" Ausgabe ist das ganze dann doch ein wenig geschickter.

Wer die gute 100€ (Stand 25. Januar 2013) übrig hat und/oder noch nicht alle Bände der HIME zuhause stehen hat, sollte hier definitiv zuschlagen.
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What would you want more than this, all that you need to know to truly understand the Tolkien Universe; this should be taught at school to get kids excited about history.. even if only fictional.
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For the serious student and avid lover of Middle-earth 14. Dezember 2012
Von Mike London - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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With this compilation of the mammoth "The History of Middle-earth", we get the literary backstory, so to say, of J. R. R. Tolkien's turmoil and travails of the composition of one of the most complex fantasies every constructed. Admittedly difficult reading, you must have a deep, abiding interest in mythology and Tolkien's desire to create one to get through this, and you need a working knowledge of Tolkien's life pursuit to really understand the "History". Do not buy this expecting anything as nearly accessible The Lord of the Rings or The Annotated Hobbit.

This publication is for the serious student and lover of J. R. R. Tolkien's work. The causal fan will find this much too expensive and much too expansive. For those only marginally interested just pick up the books (Volume VI-IX) dealing with the trilogy and have done with the whole affair. But for those who love Middle-earth and want to marvel at Tolkien's work, this is a must-have purchase. It's a very rare opportunity to see the creation of a work of such massive import to our international societies. Tolkien's commitment to this birthing process of a beautiful work of art truly stands out as one of the great efforts of Man to give homage to his God, as Tolkien saw it (read his essay on Faerie Stories).

"The History" operates as a chronicle of the evolutionary processes of one of the most ambitious literary projects of the 20th century. Tolkien once wrote that he would leave no biography behind in traditional form, for his written works were his biography. In that matter, "The History of Middle-earth" is the definitive work for Tolkien afficiandos. This, even beyond "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings", and the 1977 version of "The Silmarillion", is truly Tolkien's life work. As you read through this series, you see Tolkien's imagination at work, toying with ideas, names, possible plot lines, and just the general struggle to get through the work. This is not a fun, entertaining read that you pick up; this is a scholarly look out the evolution of one of the most significant literary projects of the twentieth century, and an opportunity almost never granted to readers.

This box set includes all twelve volumes of "The History" in three massive hardback books, which are enclosed in a gorgeous slipcase. Notably, this particular product has been available in the UK for well over a decade. (I even wrote a review of this set back in 2001 on Amazon.co.uk). I am thrilled to see this set finally available on Amazon.com. I've been literally waiting for years to see this available outside the UK.

Book 1 gathers the first five volumes, which are "The Book of Lost Tales Part I", "The Book of Lost Tales II", "The Lays of Beleriand", "The Shaping of Middle-earth", and "The Lost Road and Other Writings". These volumes cover Tolkien's mythology from the earliest written texts (the first two volumes) to the mid 1930s, before Tolkien set aside "The Silmarillion" to begin work on his epic novel, "The Lord of the Rings"

The first two volumes deal with the earliest form of "The Silmarillion". In many ways, startlingly different than the forms the legends finally found themselves in the published work. The prose is workman-like, and a far cry from the more accomplished writings of the later volumes. The work is far more novelistic, written in an archaic stye somewhat reminicesent of the more arid passages of the trilogy. Most interesting is in the original form Beren was an elf, which totally changes a massive strand in the mythology. Also, there are two dropped Gods (brother and sister Makar and Meássë), similar to war deities of ancient, primitive mythologies. The general form and structure of "The Silmarrion" can be determined here, but in the "Lost Tales" Tolkien introduces a framework of an Mariner, AElf-wine (Elf-Friend), who comes to an island meant to symbolize England who learns about the legendarium. "The Lost Tales" are notable for containing the only full versions completed regarding the Dwarves and "The Nauglafring", the travels of Earendell, and, shockingly for such an important story, "The Fall of Gondolin".

Next are the epic The Lays of Beleriand (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 3) First edition by Tolkien, J.R.R. published by Houghton Mifflin Hardcover that were never completed, and showing Tolkien was a poet of very accomplished calibre. The two major poems are "The Children of Hurin" (written in alliterive verse), which deals with the tragedy of Turin Turambar, and "The Gest of Beren and Luthien: Release from Bondage", which tells the story of Tolkien's principal lovers in the form of rhyming couplets. Also published in this volume is a brief twenty page commentary written by C. S. Lewis over the Gest. By J.R.R. Tolkien: The Shaping of Middle-Earth: The Quenta, the Ambarkanta and the Annals (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 4) deals with the geography and physical history and includes some historical Annals.

The Lost Road and Other Writings: Language and Legend before the Lord of the Rings shows us an unfinished novel and several other unearthed treasures, including invaluable philological material that shows how inseperable Tolkien's linguistics was from his creative writing. "The Lost Road", like the unfinished and (as of 2012) unpublished children's story "The Orogag", was long known to be in existence to Tolkien scholars, but unknown in actual content. The aborted time travel novel, which would feature a father and son going back to Numenor (Tolkien's take on the Atlantis myth), came from a bet between Tolkien and Lewis in 1937 to write the type of fiction they both would enjoy reading. Tolkien would write a time-travel story, and Lewis would write a space-travel story.

Indicative of how both men worked, Tolkien wrote his novel very methodically before abandoning it completely, while Lewis quickly wrote "Out of the Silent Planet" and had with the help of Tolkien got his novel published in 1938. Then, for good measure, he published two more books ("Perelandra" and my favorite, "That Hideous Strength") to make a trilogy.

The second book contains the four volumes (VI-IX) comprising Christopher Tolkien's study of "The Lord of the Rings" manuscripts, one of the most significant volumes ever released the to the world, online with Homer, Virgil, and Dante. This is a graduate level look at what goes in the making of a literary masterpiece. These four volumes are easily the most accessible of the admittedly very dry "History" series. For the average reader and literary historians who are not specialized in Tolkien, this is the real meat of these twelve volumes. These four volumes are "The Return of the Shadow" (VI), "The Treason of Isengard"(VII), "The War of the Ring" (VIII), and "Sauron Defeated" (IX). These four titles are available in their own set, entitled "The History of the Lord of the Rings". The Tolkien estate retitled "Sauron Defeated" as "The End of the Third Age", and omitted the last half of the original book, which contains an abandoned novel entitled "The Notion Club Papers" and is unrelated to the trilogy. For casual readers, I recommend first purchasing this set, and if you are further interested, buy the others. The biggest weakness of the stand-alone box set of "The History of The Lord of the Rings" is that does not include "The Peoples of Middle-earth", which details the evolution of the appendices, as well as giving the full text to "The New Shadow", a twenty page abandoned sequel to the trilogy Tolkien wrote in the 1960s. A strange omission, especially since the last volume ("The End of the Third Age") is so slim

As you read the second book in this set, Christopher Tolkien illuminates how directionless his father truly was when composing the trilogy, and how little he actually knew when writing "The Lord of the Rings". What is truly startling about these books (and the most encouraging for would be authors) are how much was unknown when Tolkien begun the first chapter. Indeed, for the half of "The Fellowship of the Ring", Tolkien was largely raiding his own, pre-existing larder, sending the hobbits through already exisiting situations that Tolkien had envisioned in his poetry (see Tom Shippey's "J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century" for more about this). The most notable encounter that happens in the first part of "Fellowship" is with Tom Bombadil, a character far predating Tolkien's initial work on his masterpiece.

The changes documented are absolutely phenomenal and endlessly fascinating. Christopher spends a lot of time on Tolkien's continual cross-checking of the internal chronology of the work, right down to the very phases of the moon. This effect cost Tolkien a lot of labour, and, like his actual constructions of his imaginary languages, have never been done so well in other fantasy works.

We see a great number of name-shifting throughout the original hobbits. We watch the evolution of Aragorn, originally a rustic hobbit of Bree, turn into the very heir of Isildur himself, come to reclaim the vacant throne of Gondor. We see Treebeard, a malignant, evil character originally, become one of the key players in winning the war of the ring. We watch Tolkien work through the problem of Gandalf's appearance as the hobbits set out from the Shire; Tolkien was just as puzzled at what happened to Gandalf as the hobbits were. His disappearance led to the birth of the treacherous Saruman.

The other three volumes gives us further insight into the creative process at work. As new lands emerge (Lothlorian, Rohan, Fangorn), Tolkien's shifting conceptions and outlines often fall by the wayside when he writes that part of the story. No one appears more surprised at the Palantir crashing upon the feet of Orthanc than Tolkien, though he instantly knew what this mysterious seeing stone was. Faramir, Boromir's younger brother and one who beats back the desire of the Ruling Ring, succeeding where his brother failed, appears in Ilthilien, unknown and unannounced. We see a very different Helm's Deep, as well as the evolution of the Paths of the Dead and the story of Denethor. The Shire's Scourging is also quite different, with Frodo taking a much more dominant role in the uprising to reclaim the hobbits' homeland.

One of the biggest revelations comes during the last book, when we finally get to read the long lost epilogue about Sam and his family. Originally meant to be published, Tolkien wisely cut the epiloge on recommendation of both his publishers and his family and friends. The epilogue's presence would have destroyed the deeply meloncholy, emotionally charged departure at the Grey Havens and Sam coming home to Rosie with one of the book's best lines. "Well, I'm back," brings the entire quest back home, but we all know Sam, or any of us for that matter, can never truly come back after going through such harrowing and challenging experiences as he and the rest of the Fellowship went through. However, it is very refreshing to see Sam's large family a lot closer up than we get to in the finished work. Quite sentimental, it shows Tolkien had quite the soft spot for those hobbits of his.

As previously mentioned, the last half of "Sauron Defeated" is a fascinating but unfortunately abandoned novel entitled "The Notion Club Papers". In this book, Tolkien reworks the original idea of incorporating the Atlantis myth into a modern setting, which he first attempted with the 1937 "The Lost Road" . Written as a compilation of records of a literary club (clearly based on The Inklings), "The Notion Club Papers" charts Alwin Arundel Lowdham's discovery, through lucid dreaming, of Numenor. Of all the "What ifs" associated with Tolkien's unfinished writing, for me this is one of the most interesting tangets to think about. Essentially the Papers is a modern novel set in modern times, but clearly based on Tolkien's mythology. Had the Papers been completed and published, I feel the book would be by far one of the strangest satilites to commercially successful fantasy series ever.

Get these books and become immersed in Tolkien's majesty! However, be aware "The History" details at great length the construction of this elaborate universe, which means these are rough drafts and various other things that didn't make it into publication in Tolkien's time, adding a huge amount of material to Tolkien's fandom to consider.

Overall, a stunning, and almost never given, opportunity to watch one of this century's most important writers go through the creative process. This set gives the most encouragement to aspiring and struggling writers, for it shows, first and foremost, that writing is a process, not a finished product. Highly recommended for the serious Tolkien student and fan, and for writers interested in watching a master at work. Christopher's editorial notes are a must have. Thanks to the Tolkien family and to Christopher for their support of their father (who died in 1973) and of his son for the publication of this work. A very unique moment in literary history indeed.
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History of Middle Earth 31. Juli 2010
Von Laura Klaine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
While I have enjoyed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy since I was 10 (I am in my late 40's now), I was thrilled to find out, several years ago, that there was a history of Middle Earth. The history was not as easy to read as the four main books, but I truly enjoyed it. All 12 books are worth the time to read and understand. Truly the entire Middle Earth compilation are a wonderful masterpiece and should be enjoyed. - MomCat
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Beautiful too look at but quality needs an upgrade 26. Februar 2013
Von Liz Vincent - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
The bindings on these books should have been of a higher quality because of the weight of each volume. The case is very thin and prone to breaking and in fact mine arrived damaged. My issues were with the quality of the books and not the seller.
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I am ready for another adventure! 7. September 2013
Von Noah Hamdan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have been looking for this collection for some time. It's exciting to hold a masterpiece collection of beautiful stories. Because there is very little information on the internet about this particular set, I really put my trust in the seller in delivering an authentic item. With the information I had known, everything that was given matches up and is better than I expected. Thanks!
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A great gift for a Tolkien fan 4. Januar 2014
Von Mythral - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I agree with the other reviewers who say that this set is not meant for the casual fan of Tolkien. But if you are interested in how Tolkien created the wonder that is Middle Earth, this set is a great addition to your library.
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