HarperCollins has today published The Complete History of Middle-earth, a boxed set featuring all 12 parts of the History of Middle-earth series.
The History of Middle-earth was first published between 1983 and 1996. Compiled and edited by Christopher Tolkien, the series traces the development of Tolkien’s legendarium – namely the ‘Silmarillion’ and The Lord of the Rings – from its earliest conception 100 years ago in The Book of Lost Tales through to essays written shortly before Tolkien’s death in 1973.
The new special collector’s edition brings together all 12 books into a three-volume collection.
From the publisher
The complete 12-book History of Middle-earth, printed in three volumes and set in a matching box.
J.R.R. Tolkien is famous the world over for his unique literary creation, exemplified in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. What is less well known, however, is that he also produced a vast amount of further material that greatly expands upon the mythology and numerous stories of Middle-earth, and which gives added life to the thousand-year war between the Elves and the evil spirit Morgoth, and his terrifying lieutenant, Sauron.
It was to this enormous task of literary construction that his Tolkien’s youngest son and literary heir, Christopher, applied himself to produce the monumental and endlessly fascinating series of twelve books, The History of Middle-earth.
This very special collector’s edition brings together all twelve books into three hardback volumes over 5,000 pages of fascinating Tolkien material and places them in one matching box.
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