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  • Terry
    2019-06-25 21:35

    This is the first work that showed us how Tolkien's obsessive perfectionism was a double-edged sword. On the one hand it gave us the wonderfully deep world and implied distances of The Lord of the Rings; and on the other hand it left us with a jumble of tales in various states of revision and development that had to be compiled by Tolkien's son Christopher into some form as The Silmarillion...a jumble of tales that, if they had been finished, would have given us a truly staggering body of work. Just reading the fragment that makes up the entirety of "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin" makes me weep for what might have been. Given the chance to expand even half of the partial tales from _The Silmarillion_ into something equating the full treatment of the LotR would have been a wonder indeed. Even given the incomplete nature of the works herein, the reader is greatly repaid the effort of reading them even though many tantalizing questions are left unanswered. We get perhaps the only significant view of the land of Numenor in the Second Age; intriguing glimpses into the nature of the Istari, the Woodwoses, and the Palantiri; and expansions on the background of the Third Age and the events that led up to both The Hobbit and the LotR. A really amazing work and enjoyable read if you're a die-hard Tolkien fan.

  • Kayıp Rıhtım
    2019-06-21 18:39

    Yüzüklerin Efendisi her sayfasında hem edebiyatının yumruğunu masaya vuran hem de kurgusu ve karakterleriyle insanı alıp götüren bir başyapıttı. Fakat Silmarillion adeta akademik bir çalışmaydı. O ana kadar hep büyük ustanın bir dünya kurguladığını, başarılı karakterlere kalemiyle can verip koca kadim topraklarda kaderlerini çizmeye yolladığını düşünmüştük. Oysa ta baştan yanılmıştık. Çünkü Tolkien bir dünya kurgulamadı, hayır. O gerçek anlamda kendi özünden bir dünya “yarattı.” Belki de Eru Ilúvatar başından beri kendisiydi de, biz bunu anlamak için o eseri okumak zorundaydık.Tüm bunları anlamamızı sağlayan o muazzam eser aynı zamanda pek çok kişi tarafından da hayatının kitabı addedilmiştir. Ve işte, Bitmemiş Öyküler de Silmarillion’un tahtını sağlamlaştırmak adına var.Öykülerin her biri ayrı birer şaheser. Fakat burada oğul Cristopher Tolkien’in emeği hiçbir şekilde göz ardı edilemez. Kitabın başında yer alan neyi neden yaptığına dair sayfalarca açıklama, her öykü sonunda abartısız 30-50 arası dipnot ve 3-4 tane Ek ne kadar titiz bir çalışma yürüttüğünün en kesin kanıtı. Ayrıca babasının her öyküsü için diğer müsveddelerine de değinip neden bu versiyonu seçtiğinin bile açıklamasını yapmayı bir borç biliyor.Orta-Dünya’nın geçitleri sevenlerine yol vermek için bir kez daha açıldı. Şimdiyse sıra o geçitlerden geçip yeniden gölgeye karşı dik duracak, onun temas ettiği yüreklerdeki karanlığı söküp atacak kahramanlarda. Ama bunun için önce Tolkien’in rehberliğiyle bilgilerine ihtiyacımız var; Bitmemiş Öyküler de tam olarak bunu yapmak için burada. Bana da keyifli okumalar demek düşüyor.- Hazal ÇAMURİncelemenin tamamı için: http://www.kayiprihtim.org/portal/inc...

  • Mission Blue
    2019-07-08 22:46

    خواندن درباره ی آردا و جهان خیالی و در عین حال واقعی تالکین، مثل نشستن سر کلاس های تاریخ است! هر کدام از شخصیت ها خاندانی دارد که می توان ردش را حتی تا ظهور الف ها در سرزمین میانه دنبال کرد. برای خواندن کتاب های تالکین (به خصوص یادداشتهایی که پسرش در قالب کتاب چاپ کرده) به قلم و کاغذ و اطلس سرزمین میانه نیاز است. حتی ریشه یابی اسامی و کلمات هم می تواند یکی از کلیدی ترین کار های حین خواندن باشد!این کتاب درباره ی حوادث نومه نور و دوران دوم آرداست. جالب ترین ویژگی کتاب تشابه بسیار سلطنت نومه نور به خاندان سلطنتی انگلستان بود. این که مهم نیست فرزند ارشد پسر باشد و یا دختر، در هرصورت فرزند ارشد به سلطنت می رسد. وجود ارندیس به عنوان اولین شخصیت فمنیست افراطی که به دور از همه ی مردان زندگی می کرد و دخترش را به تنهایی بزرگ می کرد نیز از نکات قابل توجه این کتاب بود.خواندن سرگذشت گالادریل و کله‌بورن برایم سخت بود. سیلماریلیون را حدود پنج شش سال پیش خوانده ام و نژاد های مختلف الف ها را به یاد نمی آوردم. اگر زمانی حوصله داشته باشم و بتوانم دوباره سیلماریلیون را مرور کنم، باز هم به سراغ گالادریل برمی‌گردم.پ.ن: ترجمه ی کتاب مثل همیشه کاری بی‌نقص بود از رضا علیزاده. مهم ترین ویژگی برای ترجمه ی آثار تالکین اطلاع از جهانِ اوست که فکر می کنم آقای علیزاده این اطلاعات را دارد. تنها ایرادی که می توانم به کتاب بگیرم مشکلات ویرایش است. به نظرم نشر روزنه باید یک ویراستار خبره استخدام کند تا آن همه ویرگولِ جا افتاده و اشتباهات تایپی و... در کتاب هایش دیده نشود. ارباب حلقه ها و سیلماریلیون و فرزندان هورین هم اشکالات ویرایش بسیاری داشتند.

  • Psychophant
    2019-07-23 00:45

    This is simply a moneymaking scheme. After the success of the Silmarillion, the Tolkien state has published all notes that were in a more or less readable state. This is the only one I bought (besides Chidren of Hurin, which probably has much in common with the bigger part of this book).I do not think Professor Tolkien would have liked to have these drafts and notes published. Many of them are even obsolete, as he built up and discarded elements in his mythic construct.There are some great storytelling moments (specially in the tales about Hurin and his children), but mostly it is not so interesting, except in an academic way, to see how Tolkien constructed and evolved his stories.

  • Joseph
    2019-07-20 22:47

    The name says it all -- these are stories primarily of the First and Second Age of Middle-earth that had never quite reached completion, even in draft form; some predate the writing of Lord of the Rings by decades but most come after, and the book includes some of Tolkien's last writings about Middle-earth. The stories are presented by his son Christopher who, presumably, selected the pieces that were nearest to completion and likeliest to be of interest to Middle-earth aficionados. The pieces are presented with introductions, footnotes, endnotes and editorial insertions, of which more anon. Several of the pieces are familiar, being expanded (albeit partial) versions of, e.g., the tales of Tuor and Túrin that were presented in brief form in The Silmarillion. Others provide glimpses of events leading up to, and that took place offstage during, the War of the Ring, beginning with the death of Isildur and the loss of the One Ring and continuing to include battles that were taking place "offstage" during the events of The Two Towers and The Return of the King. The book closes with essays about the Druedain (the Pukel-men), the Istari (the Wizards) and the Palantiri.Fascinating stuff, if you don't mind its incomplete and sometimes contradictory nature.Unfortunately I'm not sure if I can recommend the electronic version (which is what I read this time; previously, I was reading a print copy). The textual situation for many of the pieces is complex -- as mentioned above, there are footnotes and endnotes (some added by J.R.R. Tolkien during his drafting process and some added by Christopher Tolkien when assembling the pieces for publication) and editorial notes and changes of voice between the text and the commentary on the text. In the physical book this is handled by various combinations of font size and indentation; all of this formatting is lost in the electronic version, making it sometimes hard to distinguish the tales from the commentary. Footnotes and endnotes are better handled (on the Kindle you can hyperlink from the text to the associated note) but it's still less convenient than just flipping back and forth in a physical book. And finally, there were many more typos in the eBook than I'm comfortable with -- mostly things like missing spaces, hyphens dropped (or inappropriately retained) and the like. Nothing that rendered the text unreadable, but it still seemed to indicate a lack of editorial oversight on the eBook conversion process.

  • Chris Hall
    2019-06-28 20:32

    This is a hard book to rate, because it's sort of like rating a compilation album of Led Zeppelin studio out-takes. If you love Led Zeppelin, you would undoubtedly want to listen to pretty much anything they did. On the other hand, objectively speaking, it's probably not their best work, and if you trust them as artists, you know why they left that material on the cutting room floor. And, indeed, this book is a collection of scrapings, random essays and bits of narrative illuminating obscure corners of Middle Earth. I will say, though, that Christopher Tolkien deserves some credit for being a very conscientious offspring. Most children either end up hating their parents or thinking of them as basically foolish. JRR Tolkien's son, though is extraordinarily careful to give the exact providence and goes into excruciating detail as to the provenance of every piece of writing in Unfinished Tales. Never does he indulge himself in the slightest bit of irony at the expense of his father, or even hint at any frustration that, just maybe, he could have made his marginal annotations in more legible handwriting. The subtext of the father-son relationship, or lack thereof, might make this an interesting read... unless it actually doesn't. Really, for LotR/Middle Earth obsessives only.

  • Liam
    2019-07-04 00:32

    Thoroughly enjoyed this, it was just so great to learn more about both old and new characters!! Tolkien's middle earth is so rich and beautiful and it was amazing to be able to delve even deeper into it!

  • Nikki
    2019-07-17 19:34

    This collection of Unfinished Tales is difficult to get to grips with, because Christopher Tolkien had the sense not to mess with them too much. He didn't correct inconsistencies or do too much to the material, and that's for the best: J.R.R.'s intent and the breadth of his world are best experienced this way, I think.I don't think this is one for the casual reader, but for someone interested in Tolkien and his creation of a secondary world, and in the details of Middle-earth, it's a good one. Even more casual readers might like to dip into it for extra details about Gandalf, of course, but for the most part, if you didn't get into The Silmarillion, then don't bother with this.But if you've ever thought, if only Tolkien could've lived forever -- or at least much longer -- so that we could know more about Middle-earth, then yes, give it a try.Now if Christopher Tolkien would just let go of J.R.R.'s Arthurian poem, I'd be very grateful...

  • Sérgio
    2019-07-12 00:37

    Muito poucos foram os livros que, até agora, reli. De entre eles contam-se dois de Tolkien. Creio que não há melhor forma de revelar o meu fascínio por tamanho escritor. Tolkien não é apenas o pai da alta fantasia, é o criador de um mundo paralelo, de tal forma abrangente e profundo que, mesmo passados 100 anos do mote, “num buraco vivia um hobbit”, com o qual começou a obra de toda a sua vida, esta não cessa de nos maravilhar. Forjado na mente de um jovem oficial a partir dos horrores das trincheiras da Primeira Guerra Mundial, como uma evasão, a Terra Média viria progressivamente a ganhar a forma. Não uma forma amorfa, casuística e de ritmo acelerado, à boa maneira de bestseller americano, rapidamente transposto para o grande, ou o pequeno, ecrã. À data da sua morte, era todo um mundo, desde a sua geografia, mapeada e descritiva, às quinze línguas que inventou, passando pela mitologia, de forma bíblica e inspiração nórdica e medieval, a história, política, etnografia, até botânica, e, claro está, magia. Todas estas áreas estão incluídas no O Silmarillion, a história da Terra Média anterior ao O Hobbit e O Senhor dos Anéis estes contos são um seu complemento.Representou para mim um conjunto heterodoxo de experiências. Por um lado, esclarecimentos sobre diversos pontos nebulosos das anteriores narrativas, sempre com o cunho da sua capacidade de nos encantar, como que aliciando-nos para uma boa história, à luz da lareira numa noite fria de inverno, capaz de mudar o curso das nossas vidas. Por outro, o ligeiro levantar do véu da oficina do contador de histórias, pois, muitos dos contos são fragmentários e exigiram de Christopher Tolkien, compilador do legado do pai, um conhecimento profundo dos seus papéis e processos criativos que se vê obrigado a expor de forma a tornar perceptível as partes mais obscuras.Por fim, é de salientar os muitos erros e gralhas que esta edição possui, ao ponto de confundir a leitura e obrigar a consultas periódicas da The Encyclopedia of Arda, a Wikipédia da Terra Média. Falha de maior relevo tendo em conta que se trata de uma, entre várias, reedições, o que só penaliza o pouco cuidado que a Europa-América vem habituando os seus, cada vez menos, leitores.

  • Daria
    2019-06-21 23:36

    Chyba nie muszę mówić, że to obowiązkowa pozycja dla każdego fana Śródziemia. Chociaż połowy postaci i miejsc już nie kojarzyłam (jeśli chodzi o Pierwszą i Drugą Erę), ale to jest chyba w pewien sposób zaletą - za każdym razem odkrywasz uniwersum jakby na nowo. Jeśli ktoś nie czytał Silmarillionu, może mieć jeszcze większy problem, żeby się tu połapać. Uwielbiam historię o Túrinie i Niënor, i uwielbiam absolutnie wszystko, co dotyczy Trzeciej Ery. Ta książka pochłonęła mnie szybciej niż Silmarillion, ale to pewnie dlatego, że nie ma tu takich długich wprowadzeń. Cieszyłam się jak dziecko, gdy odkryłam, że sprawy w Mordorze czy Isengardzie nie były tak oczywiste, jak wydawało się na pierwszy rzut oka. Czekałam całe życie na szczegóły poszukiwania Pierścienia przez Saurona, jego początkowych relacji z Sarumanem i o poszukiwaniach Shire oraz Bagginsa przez Nazguli (bo to też nie było takie oczywiste). I szkoda, że nigdy nie dowiemy się, czemu właściwie Nazgule bali się wody. Można powiedzieć jeszcze mnóstwo rzeczy, które uzupełniałyby lore Śródziemia, a szczególnie Trzeciej Ery (co wzbudza u mnie zachwyt), więc powiem tylko, że jeśli ktoś jeszcze zwleka z czytaniem, to niech żałuje. Jednocześnie mi smutno, bo wynika z tego, że Tolkien do końca swoich dni dopracowywał uniwersum, chciał rozbudować i zwiększyć znaczenie poszczególnych postaci i tak naprawdę nigdy do końca nie będziemy wiedzieć, jak ostatecznie miało to wyglądać.

  • elpida_la_blue
    2019-06-24 17:58

    Όχι απλά αξίζει να διαβαστεί, επιβάλλεται για τους λάτρεις. Είναι γεμάτο πληροφορίες που ήξερες ό,τι ήθελες, όπως μια ανάλυση για τους Ιστάρι και μια διήγηση για την πτώση του Ισίλντουρ, αλλά και που δεν ήξερες ό,τι υπάρχουν για να θέλεις (εγώ προσωπικά τουλάχιστον), όπως οι ακριβείς επαφές του Θόριν με τον Γκάνταλφ πριν ξεκινήσει η αποστολή στο Έρεμπορ και γιατί προέκυψε το συμβόλαιο με τον Μπίλμπο ως κλέφτη.Δεν είναι ελαφρύ ανάγνωσμα, αλλά πιάστε το οπωσδήποτε!

  • Evan Edinger
    2019-07-10 20:41

    It took me ages to read, but it was wholly fascinating how much detail lies behind every individual action in Middle Earth. It has inspired me to reread The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings again. I feel like everything will make so much more sense!

  • Lydia Redwine
    2019-07-07 00:45

    Since I found some of these stories quite interesting and a couple others utterly boring, I've brought my rating to 4 stars. I will say that it isn't a good idea to go into this book unless you are already an avid Tolkien fan. This book is a collection of unfinished pieces (I mean, the title?) from LOTR, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and other like books. If reading notes upon notes of what certain things could have meant etc. bores you to death, this book is not for you lol. I did find it all very interesting, however, since it gave me insight into Tolkien's writing process (I mean he started writing The Silmarillion during WWI surrounded by gramophones to distract himself from the war itself.) I'm also a huge geek for history in general whether that be history of the real world or of fictional worlds. The parts I enjoyed most were ones that directly filled gaps and/or answered questions arisen while reading The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Such as...Gandalf's reasons for helping Thorin Oakensheild defeat Smaug and take back his home and involving Bilbo in the whole affair directly from his own words. Further history on Galadriel is explored and because she is far more intriguing than she appears in Lord of the Rings, I loved it. Remember that rather confusing part in Fellowship of the Ring where she gets all creepy when Frodo offers her the ring but then says that she passed a test? Yeah, that's all explained among many other things. There are also included whole sections that speak of the hunt for the ring in LOTR but from the perspective of Sauron in a way and the Nazgul. Another part I heavily enjoyed was that of Haleth and her people who were mentioned in The Silmarillion. I mentioned in that review how much I loved and appreciated her character. More is revealed about their people and culture in this book which honestly bumped up the rating one star even if that section was brief. A few other stories were also very interesting to me. They were all like stories out of a collection of myths. Overall, I recommended this to anyone who loves Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who have already read The Silmarillion. It is an excellent edition in terms of better understanding the world in history. Almost every so called "plot hole" that people talk about is explained in this book as well as in others. Tolkien, who was such a perfectionist when it came to writing, would not leave so many plot holes as some people think there to be. Of course, Tolkien's main work can be enjoyed without reading this. Also, I think Christopher Tolkien should be given a lot of credit for his likewise carefulness, abundance of notes, and respect for his father's work and the effect it has had on the world of literature.

  • Nihan E.
    2019-07-05 20:47

    Orta Dünya hakkında ne kadar kitap yazılırsa yazılsın, hep anlatılacak bir başka öykü daha vardır sanırım. Gizli kalmış öyküler, bize ulaşamayanlar... Bitmemiş Öyküler'e başlarken heyecanlıydım açıkçası neler okuyacağıma dair ve hayal kırıklığına da uğramadım. İlk Çağ, İkinci Çağ ve Üçüncü Çağ olmak üzere 3 kısımdan oluşuyor kitap ve her şeyin en başından başlıyor anlatılmaya. Savaş yüzünden ailesini terk etmek zorunda kalan Tuor'un öyküsüyle başlıyor. Kısa bir öyküydü, biraz sıkıcıydı :) Sonra Hurin'in çocuklarının öyküsü geliyor ve kendinizi kaptırmaya başlıyorsunuz. Çok güzel ve hüzünlü bir öyküydü. Sonları hiç iyi olmadı.Galadriel çok sevdiğim bir karakterdi ve onun öyküsünü görünce çok sevindim. Bilmediğim bir sürü şey öğrendim. Mesela Arwen'in büyükannesi oluşu :Dİkinci Çağ'da İnsanlar ve Sauron arasındaki büyük savaşın öyküsü var. Çok ayrıntılı ve diğer yazılan kitaplara atıfta bulunulmuş. Bu yüzden yazılan diğer kitapları okumadan bu öyküleri okumanızı tavsiye etmiyorum. Çok fazla özel isim olduğundan kafanız karışabiliyor okurken bu yüzden dikkatli olmanız gerekiyor. Veee Üçüncü Çağ'a gelince Güç Yüzükleri sahneye çıkıyor. İnsanlara verilen 9 yüzüğü ele geçiren Sauron, Elf'lerin 3 yüzüğünün peşinde ama onları bulamıyor. Biri Galadriel'de yüzüklerin. Saruman, Sauron'un müttefiki gibi görünse de aslında tüm yüzükleri ve de tabiki efendilerini kendisi için istiyor. Yani ikili oynuyor aslında kimseye sadık değil. Daha sonra İsildur'un ölümünün öyküsü geliyor. Ve yüzüğü Gollum'un buluşu. Sonra Shire ve Gandalf'ın Frodo'ya 9ları anlattığı kısım. Burada Nazgul'un öyküsünü okuyoruz.Hatırlarsınız İki Kule'de Kral Theoden'in aklı Saruman tarafından ele geçirilmişti. Oğlu Theodred'in ölümünün öyküsünü okuyoruz daha sonraki bölümlerde. Kitabın sonlarına doğru ISTARI adlı bir bölüm var burada Orta Dünya'ya gönderilen 5 büyücünün öyküsünü okuyoruz. Saruman, Gandalf, Radagast ve Mavi Büyücüler denilen diğer ikisi... Mavi Büyücüler hikayede bir daha hiç geçmemiş bu yüzden adları tam olarak bilinmiyor. Bu öykü çok güzeldi özellikle Gandalf hakkında birçok bilgi veriyor. Nitekim, Orta Dünya'ya benim kadar meraklıysanız kesinlikle okumanız gereken bir kitap olduğunu düşünüyorum. Bazen babasının aldığı notların derlemesi olduğu için karışık bir anlatıma sahip olabiliyor ve bu da sıkıyor insanı ama sindire sindire okursanız ve diğer kitapları da okumuşsanız pişman olmayacaksınız demektir.

  • Kevis Hendrickson
    2019-07-02 19:33

    J.R.R. Tolkien's Unfinished Tales is a terrific book for diehard Tolkien fans, in particular, fans of The Lord of the Rings who have not yet read The Silmarillion. Ever wondered what were the exact events that caused Isildur to lose the One Ring? Or the origins of Wizards? Or what Middle-Earth was like during its First Age? Unfinished Tales helps to shed light on the complex creation of Middle-Earth and the many tales and legends that relate the events in its long and largely tumultuous history.I found this book to be very interesting with a number of wonderful never before told tales from Tolkien's furiously hoarded safe box of writings such as "Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin", "The Disaster of The Gladden Fields" and my personal favorite "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife". Even in their sometimes incomplete state, the archaic nature of the tales contained in this book add to the mystique that Tolkien discovered a trove of ancient manuscripts in some dark and remote cave recounting a lost and forgotten age of our world rather than merely conjuring it up out of his vast and unfettered imagination.My only complaint about Unfinished Tales is that like the other history of Middle-Earth books, Tolkien's son and literary executor Christopher is too enamored of trivial events in his father's creation of Middle-Earth and seems too driven to point out every single nuance (and sometimes meaningless facts) about the many versions of the tales his father wrote before they came to their final, but incomplete forms. This makes for some rather unnecessarily confusing, if not, at times, dull reading.Even so, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about how Tolkien created the world behind The Lord of the Rings and the many wondrous and previously unpublished tales that we could only guess had existed.

  • Kim
    2019-06-30 19:54

    A fascinating look at many of the stories that did not make it into Professor Tolkien's primary works. This is probably one of my favorite books of this well-known mythology.(view spoiler)[I think my favorite part of this book is the chapter concerning the history of Galadriel and Celeborn. Tolkien clearly had many different ideas for their origins, and it's utterly fascinating to see those ideas laid out. It also makes a person wonder what he ultimately would have laid down for them. The Silmarillion gives us one version, but it seems that it was by no means meant to be the final word.Additionally, I greatly enjoyed the chapters that focused on Numenor and its inhabitants. The story of Aldarion and Erendis is so tragic, and the descriptions of their daughter Ancalimë remind me a great deal of Elizabeth I. Given how well-versed Tolkien was in history, I doubt that resemblance was coincidental. (hide spoiler)]Definitely worth the time of any fan of Lord of the Rings and its world.

  • Melissa
    2019-07-04 23:59

    I have so enjoyed finishing these Unfinished Tales with my chapter a day group. Tolkien was a great, and immensely nuanced storyteller, his son Christopher a devoted son and detailed story archiver, whose life work allowed us to see the depth of creativity and true craft his father put into all his tales. I’ve truly enjoyed the surface tale, as well as the the deeper tale behind its creation and evolution.

  • Curtis
    2019-07-16 23:30

    I've read quite a few parts of this previously, either due to individual curiosity about specific topics (such as the Quest of Erebor, Istari, Palantiri) or as part of other works (Narn i Hin Hurin – most of which is incorporated in The Children of Hurin), but I had not until now sat down and read all the various tales in order. Already a big fan of Tolkien, as a whole I quite enjoyed the collection, especially since Christopher Tolkien's notes and analysis are kept at a minimum compared when compared with the various volumes of HoME.Of the tales I had not read previously, I most enjoyed that of Aldarion and Erendis, as well as brief story of the Druedain, perhaps because I knew the least about them already.Highly recommended for anyone who has already read The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

  • Chelseabelle
    2019-07-06 17:36

    This book is for the nerdiest of Tolkien nerds. I enjoyed it. There were some chapters that I skipped over because I had no interest in them.. I don't really care about Eorl and I don't really care about the fields of Celebrant, but almost everything else was fantastic. The most dissappointing chapter that I read was "Galadriel and Celeborn," and that's only because it was one of the least finished by Tolkien. Some poeple say this book was put out there for money, but I disagree. There are a LOT of tiny little details in these unfinished tails that are really good to know if you're the type of person to re-read LOTR and The Silmarillian every year. It's also nice to read some of the notes that JRR wrote about his essays in this book, because he often says things like, "I don't know what happened," to a certain character. He speaks of his own made up world as if it truly was real and physical. It's pretty cool.The only reason I give it a 3 is because in comparison to The Silmarillian, and LOTR it gives you much less to think about as a whole. It's really a suppliment to Tolkien's other narratives, not a piece of writing unto itself.

  • DMae
    2019-06-23 19:29

    I bought this book at a used book store in Rome. I read it in the evenings right before bed and on long train trips. When I was leaving Rome for the last time, I had no room in my suitcase, so I sacrificed that book and left it at the hotel. The cover I selected is the one I left behind. My current copy, also used, is a different edition. Most books I found in that hotel were old guide books. I always wondered if someone found it curious that there was a Tolkien book on the shelf!This book is a must for any Tolkien fan. I liked getting a glimpse into the author's ideas and excluded scenes. My favorite sections were on 'The History of Galadriel and Celeborn,' 'Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan' (Loved learning about this phase of Middle-earth), 'The Quest of Erebor,' and 'The Istari.'

  • دانیال بهزادی
    2019-07-04 01:53

    ‫این کتاب، مجموعه‌ای از داستان‌هاییه که تالکین تا پایان عمرش نتونسته بود اون‌ها رو به انسجام کلّی برسونه و ببنده. در کتاب اصلی، حدیث تور و آمدن او به گوندولین هم هست که در ایران، اون داستان پیش‌تر به پیوست فرزندان هورین منتشر شده بود و طبعاً در این کتاب نیست. می‌شه گفت که کتاب حاضر یک داستان تقریباً کامل، با پایان کمی نامعلوم داره که به زندگی و سرگذشت تار آلداین نومه‌نوری می‌پردازه و یک داستان دیگه در مورد گالادریل که در جزئیات دارای اختلاف‌های زیاده و کریستوفر تالکین همهٔ حالت‌های موجود در نوشته‌های مختلف پدرش رو آورده. بقیهٔ اون توضیحات و پیوست‌ها ست که البته خوندش برای دوست‌داران دنیای تالکین، خالی از جذابیت نیست.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-07-16 20:51

    Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien قصه‌های ناتمام نومه‌نور و سرزمین میانه - دوران دوم

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-07-06 01:30

    In retrospect I'm amazed that I ever managed to drudge through this collection of unfinished and/or abandoned stories from middle earth. But then again, I did once pull myself through the insomnia obliteration that is The Silmarillion. "Rings" fans will not think twice about reading this of course (and will certainly not weigh in my input), but for the rest of us, the original trilogy and The Hobbit goes a very long way.

  • Jamie
    2019-07-17 20:51

    Discussion on the blog! http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/08/...

  • Tonino Mangano
    2019-06-28 23:42

    Racconti Incompiuti si presenta come un’opera d’appendice rispetto ai romanzi che si potrebbero definire canonici nella cosmogonia tolkieniana.Tuttavia, per quanto l’antologia di racconti presentati si configuri come una serie di “bozze preparatorie” di ciò che saranno successivamente le storie contenute ne Il Silmarillion, ne Il Signore degli Anelli e ne Lo Hobbit, risulta essere una vera e propria miniera di tesori, molto di più rispetto a quanto lo siano le due raccolte precedenti, ovvero Racconti Ritrovati e Racconti Perduti (questi ultimi due, infatti, si concentrano molto sul riscoprire quelli che erano i progetti preparatori della grande opera tolkieniana, spesso risultando nettamente diversi rispetto ai progetti finali che tutti abbiamo letto nelle opere "canoniche" della Terra di Mezzo).In quest’opera si potrebbe commentare la particolare utilità a cui assurgono i suoi contenuti nella specificazione ulteriore di alcuni particolari che non sono analizzati e sviluppati ampiamente nei romanzi ufficiali della storia della Terra di Mezzo e di Arda.Indiscutibile la solita bellezza e l’encomiabile capacità descrittiva di Tolkien. Risulta essere indubbia anche la precisione con cui, nella sua mente, il Professore – titolo attribuito a Tolkien per antonomasia – delineava i caratteri dei suoi personaggi e di interi popoli, divinità e oggetti magici che popolano il suo immortale e infinito mondo fantastico.Racconti Incompiuti è l’opera perfetta per gli appassionati dell’epopea tolkieniana, dato che avranno modo di scoprire molti più particolari relativi a popoli, personaggi, lingue e geografia del mondo in cui sono stati catapultati dai romanzi di Tolkien.Lettura caldamente consigliata, sebbene il numero delle note sia spesso eccessivo e nonostante si noti anche quella congenita lentezza narrativa tipica dello stile del Professore. Gli interventi ormai ritenuti immancabili di Christopher Tolkien – curatore testamentario delle opere del padre – appesantiscono non poco la fruizione di questo libro, ed è per tale ragione che ho ritenuto lecito ridurre la mia valutazione a 4 stelle.Nonostante tutto, come si può notare, il mio giudizio rimane molto più che positivo nel giudicare quest’opera fondamentale per gli studi tolkieniani.

  • Brian
    2019-06-29 17:39

    Tough read but a pleasure. Learn the details behind the trilogy, concerning Gandalf and Sarumans kind, Galadriel and Celeborn's history, stories of Elendil, and older legends in this realm. The greatest about this, to me: seeing behind the scenes at Tolkien' s creative process. It inspires me to sit down, for pleasure, and create/ build my own world 20 minutes at a time, and use this as a canvas to paint short stories and go from there. Love Tolkien. Plans change, especially mine, but I plan to read my top three authors in depth this year including their bibliographies and auto/ biographies. Tolkien, Kafka and Poe. Also plan to seek one new favorite this year, specifically Charles Dickens and David Copperfield. Will see how that goes.

  • Sara
    2019-07-17 20:56

    I put off reading UNFINISHED TALES mostly because I feared it would try my patience the way that THE SILMARILLION did. I appreciated the latter, but between J.R.R. Tolkien’s exposition-heavy style and stretching the reading over 3 months, I didn't love it. So, the fact that I had a much smoother and more positive time with UNFINISHED TALES was a huge surprise.UNFINISHED TALES OF NÚMENOR AND MIDDLE-EARTH is a collection of stories and essays that Tolkien never completed before his death in 1973. (His son and literary executor Christopher Tolkien compiled the materials that make up this volume.) It’s not like THE SILMARILLION, which Christopher edited so it would be a cohesive narrative. Instead, it presents the unfinished works as they are, with extensive footnotes and appendices that explain any gaps or inconsistencies. Some readers might find certain entries confusing as a result, but it’s important to know what UNFINISHED TALES’ structure is like before you dive into it. One reason why I enjoyed UNFINISHED TALES was its new angles on Middle-Earth tales that I already know well. We learn more about the wizard Gandalf’s dealings with Thorin Oakenshield before the quest for Erebor (and what a thorn Thorin was in Gandalf’s side). We also get glimpses into Isildur’s final battle after claiming The One Ring and his resulting death, the origin stories of the palantíri (seeing stones) and the wizards, and Saruman’s machinations to thwart Sauron’s other servants for his own agenda. Much of this material either was left out of the final versions of THE HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS or evolved into the stories we know now, but many of the character portrayals were consistent. Thorin was still stubborn and irascible, Gandalf wise and gracious, Saruman ambitious and deceptive.UNFINISHED TALES also features an astonishing amount of new material on Middle-Earth. Three entries are devoted to the island of Númenor, from its geography and culture to the heart-breaking “Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner’s Wife.” That story in particular, especially Aldarion’s wanderlust and emotional isolation due to his unhappy marriage, struck a unexpected chord in me. “The History of Galadriel and Celeborn” was fascinating for the information it reveals about Galadriel, and how Tolkien wrote different accounts of how she met Celeborn and came to Middle-Earth. It was also interesting to see early versions of “Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin” and “The Children of Húrin,” the latter of which has haunted every time I’ve read it. My main takeaway from UNFINISHED TALES, though? I have a better understanding of how challenging it’s been for Christopher Tolkien to edit his father’s unpublished writings. He’s had to work through half-finished drafts, gaps of information, and conflicting details; and I can’t imagine having to make some of the difficult editorial choices he’s has to make. So, in my opinion, he’s done an admirable job of combing through his father’s writings and making the final products coherent and easy for readers to follow. The only critique I have for UNFINISHED TALES is on Tolkien’s dry, expository style. I’ve made the same comment on his other books; and while I accept it as his way of writing, I preferred the short stories (which featured dialogue and character interactions) than the essays or historical accounts of events. That said, UNFINISHED TALES is illuminating and impressive for its scope and expansion of one of literature’s most beloved fictional worlds. A must-have for Tolkien fans, though best appreciated after reading his more well-known works.

  • beggs
    2019-07-15 23:52

    Until the publication of The Children of Hurin a few years ago, Unfinished Tales was the third piece of the Middle-earth trilogy. Paired with The Lord of The Rings and The Silmarillion it was a bit of a third wheel; comprised of various stories in different states of completeness with some editorial comments by Christopher Tolkien needed to bridge the gaps and contradictions left by the myriad versions Tolkien authored of most of these stories.Unfinished Tales actually includes my favorite of all of Tolkien's writing. What I consider the be the best high fantasy ever: Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin. Versions of this story date back as far as 1911 and it is the birth of Middle Earth. It is an ultimate tragedy that Tolkien never finished the tale - Of Tuor and The Fall of Gondolin - to his satisfaction. I wish [Author:Christopher Tolkien] could piece together a completed tale as he did with The Children of Hurin expanding the story in Unfinished Tales of Narn i Hîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin) a related story to Tuor's.If you enjoy the window into Tolkien's mind and the development of the Middle-earth "legendarium". Then you can dive off the cliff into the massive 12 volume History of Middle Earth that Christopher Tolkien published in the late '80s and early '90s. An impressive read which I should attempt again as I've forgotten more of it than I remember.

  • Nigel
    2019-07-16 17:56

    By its very nature, this is an unsatisfactory and even frustrating book, being a highly fragmented series of incomplete texts, really of interest only to those willing to wade through a lot of academic contextualisation to understand the nature of the pieces and the editorial process by which they were selected. Once past that, though, it's gold. The further one goes the more one appreciates the unique genius of Tolkien, the driven obsessive who recounts the stories he invents as though they were myth or history external to himself, discovered largely through the examination of language and linguistic properties, revealing peoples, landscapes, histories. There are terrific things in here, enriching the mythos, providing glimpses into the larger stories and of the limits of those stories and the potentially unlimited stories beyond. The least chapter is the horribly messy tale of Galadirel and Celeborn, the most complete is the Children of Hurin, but completists will be already well familiar with this. More obscure, and surprising, are the stories of Numenor - where was that one going, I wonder? And the history of the Druedain. The Quest of Erebor, the various battles and the friendship between Rohan and Gondor are crowd-pleasers. Lot of comments and footnotes that can be studied or skimmed depending on your bent. Not a good read, but a supplemental volume full of little good reads.

  • Lara Hoffmann
    2019-06-24 17:29

    Tolkien, need I say more? The only thing you should be aware of before reading this book is that, whilst the Silmarillion is a continuous story, the Unfinished Tales are, as the title suggests, an anthology consisting of stories from different points in time in the history of Middle Earth. Some of these stories merely consist of fragments found and commented on by Tolkien's son. The history of Galadriel and Celeborn seems to be even more fragmentary than the other ones, indeed the editor decided to change the layout in this case and make the commentary, as there is more commentary than actual text, stand out typographically. Interestingly, Tolkien wrote on this particular story until shortly before his death and major elements of their story are unsettled, such as the question whether Celebrian was their only daughter or they also had a son called Amroth. Another question yet unanswered is whether they met in Valinor or Middle Earth. Celeborn is in both cases thought of as a Sinda (more rooted to Middle Earth's soil then the Noldor).So fragmentary, yes. But the great thing about fragments is that you can fill in the gaps yourself. I do recommend this to everyone who knows a bit of Tolkien already and want to have another meet-up with some of their favourite characters as well as meet new ones such as the Drúedain and their stone figures.