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The Shaping of Middle-Earth

(1986)
(The fourth book in the History of Middle-Earth series)
A collection of stories by

 
 
THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH
Poems and prose, maps and chronologies, detours and diversions along the road to Middle-earth . . . Christopher Tolkien has gathered archival materials that his late father, J. R. R. Tolkien, used to create the world and the history behind his classic stories.
THE EVOLUTION OF A WORLD
This fourth volume of The History of Middle-earth presents early versions of those first tales, from the creation myth to the fall of Morgoth. Writings include a chronology of the events in Beleriand, the first Silmarillion map, and the only known description of the physical nature of Middle-earth's universe. Detailed annotations highlight changes ranging from the spelling of Elvish names to pivotal emendations whose effects reach even to the war of the ring.
The Shaping of Middle-earth presents a solid framework by which to trace the development of the early lore of Middle-earth. It is a truly indispensable reference work for those familiar with the history of that endlessly beloved land--and fascinating reading for those just entering that world.

Genre: Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

November 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: The History of Middle-Earth: The Shaping of Middle-Earth Vol IV
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-261-10217-6 / 978-0-261-10202-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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November 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Shaping of Middle-Earth: The Quenta, the Ambarkanta, and the Annals, Together With the Earliest 'Silmarillion' and the First Map (History of Middle-earth)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
ISBN: 0-395-42501-8 / 978-0-395-42501-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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November 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Shaping of Middle-Earth (The History of Middle-Earth Volume 4)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-317-47339-5 / 978-0-317-47339-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co
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August 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Shaping of Middle-earth: The Quenta, the Ambarkanta and the Annals, Together with the First Silmarillion and the First Map (The History of Middle-Earth)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-823279-3 / 978-0-04-823279-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Unwin Hyman
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Paperback Editions

August 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Shaping of Middle-earth (The History of Middle-earth, Book 4)
Author(s): Christopher Tolkien
ISBN: 0-261-10218-4 / 978-0-261-10218-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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October 1995 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Shaping of Middle-Earth: The Quenta, the Ambarkanta and the Annals (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 4)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
ISBN: 0-345-40043-7 / 978-0-345-40043-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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September 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Shaping of Middle-Earth (The History of Middle-Earth)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-440150-7 / 978-0-04-440150-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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