|After The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, Tales of the Perilous Realm, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun and The Fall of Arthur it is time to see Unfinished Tales to be added to the seris of Deluxe Slipcase Editions. We were all wishing for an illustrated edition but we are extremely happy to see the release of a deluxe edition in December 2013.
The Deluxe collector’s edition of Unfinished Tales features the definitive edition text and includes a full-colour facsimile of Tolkien’s painting, ‘Glórund Sets Forth to Seek Túrin’, which illustrates his narrative ‘The Children of Húrin’, his colour design of a Númenórean tile, and a fold-out reproduction of the definitive map of Middle-earth drawn by Christopher Tolkien.
The book is foil stamped with a Númenórean helmet design by J.R.R. Tolkien that appeared on the first edition hardback and is housed in a matching slipcase.
A lot of guesses about the color had been around, and we are happu to see the brownish slipcase. It will sit nice in the series of deluxe editions and makes the Númenórean helmet design by J.R.R. Tolkien really stand out!
Unfinished Tales is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and provides those who have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with a whole collection of background and new stories.
The book concentrates on the realm of Middle-earth and comprises such elements as The Quest of Erebor, Gandalf’s lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End; the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand; and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan.
Unfinished Tales also contains the only story about the long ages of Númenor before its downfall, and all that is known about such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantíri and the legend of Amroth.
The tales were edited by Christopher Tolkien, who provides a short commentary on each story, helping the reader to fill in the gaps and put each story into the context of the rest of his father’s writings.
|Title: Unfished Tales
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publication Date: 5 Dec 2013
Type: De Luxe edition edition, 464 pages
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