J. R. R. Tolkien, The History of Middle-earth

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It is no exaggeration to say that much more of J.R.R. Tolkien's work has appeared since his death than was ever published while he was alive. After the publication of

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth

in 1980 — itself the third posthumous collection of Tolkien's writings to reach the public — his son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, proposed “an unflinchingly scholarly treatment” (Unwin “Early Days” 5) of the vast amount of unpublished and often unfinished material Tolkien left behind, aimed at guiding “the serious pilgrim […] along all the paths, and variants, and blind ends of his father's creation” (ibid.). This treatment was originally planned for four volumes, but the scope of the work quickly exceeded this conservative estimate. By 1990, some…

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Citation: Fisher, Jason. "The History of Middle-earth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 February 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=21928, accessed 25 May 2024.]

21928 The History of Middle-earth 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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