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The History of Middle-Earth Index

Christopher Tolkien, HarperCollins, 21.95 pb

[from the publisher:] Complete integrated indices of History of Middle-earth volumes. For the first time every index from each of the twelve volumes of The History Of Middle-Earth has been published together in a single volume--to create a supreme index charting the writing of Tolkien's masterpieces The Lord of The Rings and The Silmarillion. This stunning work of reference complements the fascinating History of Middle-earth series, now repackaged to complement the distinctive and classic style of the 'black cover' A-format paperbacks [British] of The Lord of the Rings and other essential Tolkien titles.

The Tolkien Society notes that "The Index does not simply bind in one cover the indexes to the 12 volumes. The 13 indexes (Volume IX has two) have been fully combined, so that, should you wish to look up the references for Balrog(s), you will find Balrog(s) listed in sequence from Volume I through to Volume XI on one page.

Apart from a small section omitted in error from one of the original volumes, and an extremely small number of non-correspondences (where the form in the index did not match the source page), it was decided that nothing should be changed or added to the combined index."

The Road Goes Ever On

J.R.R. Tolkien, HarperCollins UK, 48.95 hb

Temporarily out of stock.

Available for the first time in 25 years, this book of songs and sheet music, a collaboration between J.R.R. Tolkien and the composer Donald Swann, will delight Tolkien fans everywhere as the book to stand beside their copies of Lord of The Rings. Composer Swann gives Tolkien characters Bilbo, Treebeard, Sam Gamgee and Tom Bombadil tunes for their ballads of the road. Tolkien approved the project and added a tune of his own, decorated the book in his own hand with examples of Elvish calligraphy, and added a glossary of Elvish terms and lore. This new third edition of Swann's song cycle also includes Tolkien's translations of two Elvish songs from The Lord of the Rings, 'A! Elbereth Gilthoniel' and 'Namarie (Galadriel's Lament)'. The book comes with the original recording of Swann's song-cycle, available for the first time on compact disk.

The Silmarillion (Deluxe Hardback)


[from the publisher:] "The first publication of a deluxe limited edition of The Silmarillion, featuring the revised, reset text, bound in cloth and leather and set in a clothbound slipcase. Included in the book are several shorter works. The Ainulindale is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabeth recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the Second Age; Of the Rings of Power recounts the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in The Lord of the Rings.

For the first time, we are publishing a deluxe edition of this pivotal work, featuring the revised, corrected text and including, by way of an introduction, a fascinating letter written by Tolkien in 1951 in which he gives a full explanation of how he conceived the early Ages of Middle-Earth." The volume is bound in classic black leather with gold accents, and set in a cloth-bound slipcase. Printed on fine India Parchment with the Tolkien marking on the book and a Silmarillion marking on the case. First edition (print-run limited to 1000) in original shrinkwrap w/original price-sticker [£100] still on. A true collectible.

The Complete History of Middle-Earth


This is the standard edition in a slipcased set of three volumes, containing the complete original 12-volume history. An extremely short print-run of (best figure available) ~200. Like all limited-edition Tolkien works, this is already in short supply; expect prices to go up accordingly.

NB: In response to multiple queries: HarperCollinsUK published three volumes of the Complete History of Middle Earth in 2001: these were only available individually [black dj's, slipcased], not as a boxed set. Around the same time, they published the set listed here, which is the standard edition, only available as a boxed set in this (also-) three-volume hardback format.
     The three individual volumes were part of a deluxe, limited-edition special release presumably prompted by the success of the film trilogy. Those volumes were printed on India ('bible') paper, are individually slipcased, have numerous special features described in copious detail elsewhere on the net, and are very out of print. If we had some, believe us, they'd be listed here!
     We hope this helps clarify an inherently confusing situation: why HC would have chosen to publish a special print-run of individual volumes of the Complete History and then chosen to release, at the same time, a boxed set not related to that deluxe, limited edition series has all of us scratching our heads. Perhaps people in publishing should consult with their booksellers & their customer base a smidge more directly. That would be a novelty item, too.