The Fall of Numenor :And Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-Earth

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The Fall of Numenor

The Fall of Numenor :And Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-Earth

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Published: 10 November, 2022
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J.R.R. Tolkien's writings on the Second Age of Middle-earth, collected for the first time in one deluxe slipcased edition.

J.R.R. Tolkien famously described the Second Age of Middle-earth as a 'dark age, and not very much of its history is (or need be) told'. And for many years readers would need to be content with the tantalizing glimpses of it found within the pages of The Lord of the Rings and its appendices, including the forging of the Rings of Power, the building of the Barad-dur and the rise of Sauron.

It was not until Christopher Tolkien published The Silmarillion after his father's death that a fuller story could be told. Although much of the book's content concerned the First Age of Middle-earth, there were at its close two key works that revealed the tumultuous events concerning the rise and fall of the island of Numenor. Gifted to the Men of Middle-earth as a reward for aiding in the defeat of the Dark Lord Morgoth, the kingdom became a seat of influence and wealth; but as the Numenoreans' power increased, the seed of their downfall would inevitably be sown, culminating in the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

Further insight into the Second Age would be revealed in subsequent publications, first in Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth, then expanded upon in Christopher Tolkien's twelve-volume The History of Middle-earth.

Now, adhering to the timeline of 'The Tale of Years' in the appendices to The Lord of the Rings, editor Brian Sibley has assembled into one volume a new chronicle of the Second Age of Middle-earth, told substantially in the words of J.R.R. Tolkien from the various published texts, with 10 new paintings and 65 pencil drawings by Alan Lee.

This deluxe slipcased edition is quarterbound in terracotta and printed on heavyweight acid-free paper, stamped in gold foil on dove grey boards with a unique motif designed by Alan Lee, includes a ribbon marker and is housed in a custom-built matching slipcase.

'Physically beautiful and sometimes overwhelming in its power, this book is a grand compendium of all Tolkien said about the period when the foundations of The Lord of the Rings are laid'
John Garth, THE GUARDIAN

'It brings a Biblical grandeur to Tolkien's fictional history'
WINTER IS COMING

'A trove of source material about one of Middle-earth's most intriguing and central back stories. The book is beautifully illustrated by Alan Lee and nimbly edited by Brian Sibley'
WASHINGTON POST

'For those wishing to expand their understanding of Middle-earth and the incredible legend crafted by Tolkien, this is an essential piece to complete that puzzle'
BOOK REPORTER

'How, given little over half a century of work, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?'
THE GUARDIAN

'Demanding to be compared with English mythologies... at times rises to the greatness of true myth'
FINANCIAL TIMES

'A creation of singular beauty... magnificent in its best moments'
WASHINGTON POST

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 80 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Type Book
ISBN 9780008537845
Number Of Pages 352
Item Weight 1040 g
Product Dimensions 149 x 228 x 43 mm
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback