Review by Library Journal Review
As the title indicates, this is a collection of odds and ends from different ages of Middle-earth ranging from the First Age until Sauron's defeat. For diehards only. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
For diehard, insatiable Middle-earthists: a posthumous gathering that, unlike The Silmarillion (1977), is--as Tolkien's archivist son Christopher says--""no more than a collection of writings, disparate in form, intent, finish, and date of composition . . . concerned with Numenor and Middle-earth."" Many pieces here ""are elaborations of matters told more briefly, or at least referred to, elsewhere."" Much in the book ""will be found unrewarding by readers of Lord of the Rings."" And J.R.R. himself ""would not have dreamt of allowing even the more completed narratives . . . to appear without much further refinement."" Still, there will be readers eager for the background data, curious details, alternative versions, and supplementary images here--and the younger Tolkien has provided enough conscientious annotation (notes, appendices, introductions, maps, and an index of names) to satisfy the hunger of even the most fanatic followers of Gandalf & Co. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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