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  •  "his preferred work was never published": It looks (3+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, chicagobama, poco

    like almost every scrap of it's getting published, year by year. Tolkein published approx. six books-full of matter in his life, and several times as much again posthumously. Including the twelve volume History of Middle Earth that came out through the '80s and '90s.

    I don't expect to make it past The Silmarillion, myself.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:06:25 PM PDT

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    •  I guess I meant his version (3+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, poco, RiveroftheWest

      There are many gaps in the posthumous works that Christopher Tolkien had to fill, and he has said he made some of the stuff up.  We'll never know what JRRT intended, although I think we got 90% of what he wrote.

      History of Middle Earth is a compilation of JRRT's notes on the development of Middle-earth, from the creation of the world through LOTR.  It's not an end-to-end story but shows us uber-geeks the process that the books went through (Aragorn was originally a hobbit, for example).

      I don't disagree with your point - just splitting geek hairs.

      "If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." — Oscar Wilde

      by chicagobama on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 03:18:28 PM PDT

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