The Shaping of Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

400 pages first pub 1986 (editions)

fiction fantasy adventurous slow-paced


The fourth volume that contains the early myths and legends which led to the writing of Tolkien's epic tale of war, The Silmarillion.

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informative 100%
challenging 66%
adventurous 33%
reflective 33%


slow 100%

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