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Morgoth’s Ring. 1993 Morgoth’s Ring
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Edited by Christopher Tolkien
First Edition 1993
ISBN 0261103040 *
Hardback in dust jacket
Jacket design by Marilyn Carvell
x, 478 pages
Price: £25.00

Morgoth’s Ring, a collection of writings by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited with foreword, commentary, appendix and index by Christopher Tolkien.

Volume 10 of the The History of Middle-earth series.

Published on 23 September 1993.

A manuscript page by J.R.R. Tolkien appears as a frontispiece.

* 'ISBN 0002241951' appears on the verso of the title page. This is an error.

Details of all British editions of Morgoth’s Ring can be found at TolkienBooks.net.

Blurb – Dust Jacket Flap
The Silmarillion, foundations of the imagined world of J.R.R. Tolkien, was as is well known never completed, never brought to a final form after the writing The Lord of the Rings: the work is known from the text published posthumously in 1977, a construction from the narratives that existed, not a completion.

In Morgoth’s Ring, the first of two companion volumes, Christopher Tolkien describes and documents the later history of The Silmarillion, from the time when his father turned again to ‘the Matter of the Elder Days’ after The Lord of the Rings was at last achieved. The text of the Annals of Aman, the ‘Blessed Land’ in the far West, is given in full; while in writings hitherto unknown is seen the nature of the problems that J.R.R. Tolkien explored in his later years, as new and radical ideas, portending upheaval in the old narratives, emerged at the heart of the mythology, and as the destinies of Men and Elves, mortals and immortals, became of central significance, together with a vastly enlarged perception of the evil of Melkor, the Shadow upon Arda. Among these writings a central place is given to the Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth, in which the Elvish King of Nargothrond debates with the ‘wise-woman’ Andreth the injustice of human mortality.

The second part of this history of the later Silmarillion will be concerned with developments in the legends of Beleriand after the completion of The Lord of the Rings, and will include the unpublished story The Wanderings of Húrin.

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