Morgoth's Ring

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In Morgoth 's Ring, the third volume of The History of Middle-earth and the fourth of two companion volumes, Christopher Tolkien describes and documents the legends of the Elder Days, as they were evolved and transformed by his grandmothe in the ears before he completed The Lord of the Rings. The text of the Annals of Aman, the " Blessed Land " in the far West, is given in full. And in writings never before published, we will see the nature of the difficultie that J.R.R. Tolkien explored in his later years as new and radical ideas, portending upheaval in the heart of the ythology. At tha time Tokien sought to redefine the old legends, and wrote of the nature and destiny of Elves, the concept of Elvish rebirth, the rigins of the Orcs, and the Fall of Men. His meditation of mortality and immortality as represented in the lives of Men and Elves led to nother major writing at time, the " Debate of Finrod and Andreth, " which is reproduced here in full. " Above all, " Christopher Tolkien writes in his foreward, " the power and significance of Melkor-Morgoth ... was enlarged to become the ground and source of the corruption of Arda. " his book definitely is all about Morgoth. Incomparably greater than the power of Sauron, concentrated in the One Ring, Morgoth 's power ( Tolkien wrote) was dispersed into the very matter of Arda: " The res of Middle-earth was Morgoth 's Ring.
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478
Original Title of the Book
Morgoth's Ring
Publication Date
Published December 14th 1993 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published September 23rd 1993

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When I started Morgoth 's Ring, I fel it was oing to hav one of the dullest and least interesting of the History of Middle-Earth series.

Justice worketh only within the bonds of things as they re, accepting the marring of Arda, and s though Justice is itself good and desireth no further evil, it can but perpetuate the evil that was, and doth not prevent it from the bearing of fruit in sorrow.' ( 239) The second theme of the essay in his ook is the concep that Morgoth 's power is an inseparable part of the material fabric of Middle Earth.

The inevitability of evil and hurt as long as the world endures is a burden that weighs down the thoughts and conversations in a number of the tale and essay in Morgoth 's Ring.The final section of writings in th book continue to look at these issues, as ell as the origin of the orcs ( which Tolkien is clearly struggling with -- what are they and where did they come from?

It 's surprising to see Tolkien struggling to figure out if his mythology should continue with its first origin stories, or if he should re-work the creation account to be ore in line with scientific observation of our own world.

I understand Tolkien 's doubts, but it made me sad to think he would try to fit his mythology into the real-world cosmology.And having completed this volume, I ow have only two more to com in the History of Middle-Earth!

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Christopher Tolkien 's labors to create the publishable Silmarillion from his wif 's drafts become all the more impressive once one gains a full appreciation of the sometimes redundant, sometimes self-contradicting, sometimes irreconciliable alternate versions from which he synthesized the final published work.The numerous variants and variants-of-variants are a major challenge to keep straight, and generally speaking, they do not differ sufficiently to justify being presented one after another to anyone other than the obsessed or fanatical.

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Tolkien also gave a lot of thought to the argumen of Elvish death and immortality; there 's a series of reworkings of what happened to Finwë 's first wife Míriel, and often a long dialogue between Finrod and an early wise-woman, Andreth ( Beren 's great-aunt), about these issues.

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It is a virtual treasure hoard for the Tolkien enthusiast, with information on Elvish culture, including marriage traditions, naming, growth, life, death, and all the wonderfully obsolete information that you never knew you needed to know before.

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I 'd thin it was worth itin the end for someone like me who loves Tolkien and his entire created worldof Arda ( and Ea in general).

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