Saturday, 2 May 2009

Arda Reconstructed: The Creation of the Published Silmarillion

Just in time for the arrival of the new Tolkien book - The Legend of Sigurd und Gudrun - I finished (well first time as this is a book that is definately to return to and highlight!) - Douglas Kane's Arda Reconstructed - The Creation of the Published Silmarillion. Seeking to double duty here is the review I posted on Good Reads.

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Excellent book - a definite for the Tolkien lover library. A very in-depth concise analysis of how Christopher Tolkien constructed the published Silmarillion from the various versions of Tolkien's first age work (most for the post Lord of the Rings era) - what he choose to use and, even more interestingly, what he left out. The charts for each chapter are very interesting and has got me interested in re-reading the later History of Middle Earth books (again).

A very very important work for Tolkien scholarship. A further analysis to come.

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On to The Legend of Sigurd und Gudrun!

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