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HoME XII - The Peoples of Middle-earth


Quatrième de couverture

THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH
Volume 12
CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN

When J.R.R. Tolkien laid aside The Silmarillion in 1937 the extension of the original 'mythology' into later Ages of the world had scarcely begun. It was in the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings that there emerged a comprehensive historical structure and chronology of the Second and Third Ages, embracing all the diverse strands that came together in the War of the Ring. The difficulty that he found in providing these Appendices, leading to delay in the publication of The Return of the King, is well known; but in The Peoples of Middle-earth Christopher Tolkien shows that early forms of these works already existed years before, in essays and records differing greatly from the published forms. He traces the evolution of the Calendars, the Hobbit genealogies, the Westron language or Commun Speech (from which many words and names are recorded that were afterwards lost), ahd the chronological structure of the later Ages.

Other writings by J.R.R. Tolkien are included in this final volume of The History of Middle-earth, chiefly deriving from his last years, when new insights and new constructions still freely arose as he pondered the history that he had created. The book includes with two soon-abandoned stories, both unique in the setting of time and place : The New Shadow in Gondor of 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.


Table des matières
  Foreword

vii
 
PART ONE
THE PROLOGUE AND APPENDICES TO « THE LORD OF THE RINGS »
I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.
VII.
VIII.
IX.
The Prologue
The Appendix on Languages
The Family Trees
The Calendars
The History of the Akallabêth
The Tale of Years of the Second Age
The Heirs of Elendil
The Tale of Years of the Third Age
The Making of Appendix A
     (i) The Realms in Exile
     (ii) The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen
     (iii) The House of Eorl
     (iv) Durin's Folk

3
9
85
119
140
166
188
225

253
262
270
274
 
PART TWO
LATE WRITINGS
X.
XI.
XII.
XIII.
Of Dwarves and Men
The Shibboleth of Fëanor
The Problem of Ros
Last Writings

295
331
367
377
 
PART THREE
TEACHINGS OF PENGOLOD
XIV.
XV.
Dangweth Pengolod
Of Lembas

395
403
 
PART FOUR
UNFINISHED TALES
VIII. THE TALE OF THE SUN AND MOON
Notes and Commentary

174
195
IX. THE HIDING OF VALINOR
Notes and Commentary

207
219
X.
GILFANON'S TALE: THE TRAVAIL OF THE NOLDOLI AND THE COMING OF MANKIND

229
Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales - Part I
Short Glossary of Obsolete, Archaic, and Rare Words
Index
246
274
276