The History of Middle-earth (2024)

The History of Middle-earth (abbreviated sometimes as HoME or THOME) is a 13-volume series of books that collects and analyses material relating to Middle-earth, twelve of which were compiled and edited by the son of J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien. The series is collectively a full study of the evolution of Tolkien's legendarium, featuring hundreds of transcripts, revisions, and poems.

Materials relating to The Hobbit are not included, but are covered instead in the separate authorized book, The History of The Hobbit: Mr Baggins and Return to Bag-End, by John D. Rateliff.

Contents

  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Editions
  • 3 Gallery
  • 4 Translations

Overview[]

Most of the content consists of earlier versions of already published works by Tolkien, while other portions are completely new material. These books are exceedingly detailed, to the point of documenting scraps of paper (of J.R.R. Tolkien's) that had been erased multiple times with many footnotes. Christopher Tolkien thoroughly documents the history of the writing of the Middle-earth stories, with as much detail as his father documented the fictional history of Middle-earth itself.

The first two books introduce readers to The Book of Lost Tales, a mythology for England from which Tolkien drew ideas that eventually became the 'Silmarillion' mythology. The next three books follow the history of the emerging early mythology, usually known as The Silmarillion. The discussion of the published book is deferred until book ten. Books six through nine discuss the development of The Lord of the Rings, book nine's second half discussing the story of Númenor (the first versions of which were covered in Book Five). Book ten and eleven discuss the Annals of Beleriand and Annals of Aman, works which were developed together with the Silmarillion tradition and which also served as source material for the published Silmarillion. Book twelve discusses the development of the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings, followed by some assorted essays from Tolkien's last years of life.

Though not officially labeled as such, Unfinished Tales and The Nature of Middle-earth are often considered the unofficial thirteenth and fourteenth volumes of the series.[citation needed]

  1. The Book of Lost Tales Part One (1983)
  2. The Book of Lost Tales Part Two (1984)
  3. The Lays of Beleriand (1985)
  4. The Shaping of Middle-earth: The Quenta, The Ambarkanta, and The Annals (1986)
  5. The Lost Road and Other Writings (1987)
  6. The Return of the Shadow (1988)
  7. The Treason of Isengard (1989)
  8. The War of the Ring (1990)
  9. Sauron Defeated (1992)
  10. Morgoth's Ring (1993)
  11. The War of the Jewels (1994)
  12. The Peoples of Middle-earth (1996)
  13. The History of Middle-earth: Index (2002)

The official thirteenth volume, The History of Middle-earth: Index, completely integrates all indices from the other twelve books into one index.

After the twelfth volume was released, the most prominent Tolkien scholars at the time studied the series, and wrote essays on it, culminating in Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth, published in 2000.

Editions[]

The History of Middle-earth was first published by Houghton Mifflin Company starting in 1986, as single-colored hardcover volumes. In 2003, Del Rey Books (of Ballantine Books) published smaller mass-market paperback editions, with illustrated covers.

The collection was published as a single, three-volume set for the first time in 2002, by HarperCollins. In 2015, HarperCollins released a paperback edition of each volume, with black spines and cover-art by John Howe. In 2017, they released a special "collector's edition" of the series contained in three large, boxed volumes.

Gallery[]

All 13 separate volumes in hardcover

Translations[]

Foreign LanguageTranslated name
AfrikaansDie Geskiedenis van Middelste-aarde
AlbanianHistoria e Tokës së Mesme
Amharicመካከለኛ-የምድር ታሪክ
Arabicتاريخ الأرض الوسطى
AzerbaijaniOrta Yerin Tarixi
Belarusian CyrillicГісторыя Міжзем'е
Bengaliমধ্যম পৃথিবীর ইতিহাস
BosnianPovijest Međuzemlja
Bulgarian CyrillicИсторията на средната земя
Burmeseအလယ်အလတ်မြေ၏သမိုင်း
Cambodianប្រវត្តិសាស្រ្តនៃផែនដីពាក់កណ្តាល
CatalanLa Història de la Terra Mitjana
CebuanoAng Kasaysayan sa mga tunga-tunga-yuta
Chinese中土世界的歷史
CorsicanA Storia di a Terra Media
CroatianPovijest Međuzemlja
CzechHistorie Středozemě
DanishHistorien om Midgård
DutchDe Geschiedenis van Midden-aarde
EsperantoLa Historio de Mezo-tero
EstonianKeskmaa Ajalugu
FinnishKeski-maan Historia
FrenchL'Histoire de la Terre du Milieu
FrisianDe Skiednis fan midden-ierde
GalicianA Historia da Terra-media
Georgianშუახმელეთის ისტორია
GermanDie Geschichte Mittelerdes
GreekΗ Ιστορία της Μέσης Γης
Gujaratiમધ્યમ પૃથ્વી ઇતિહાસ
HausaTarihin Tsakiyar duniya
Hebrewההיסטוריה של הארץ התיכונה
Hindiमध्य पृथ्वी के इतिहास
HmongLub keeb kwm ntawm nruab nrab-lub ntiaj teb
HungarianKözépfölde Históriája
IcelandicSaga af Miðgarði
IndonesianSejarah Tengah-bumi
Irish GaelicStair na lár-domhain
ItalianLa Storia della Terra di mezzo
Japanese中つ国の歴史
JavaneseSajarah Tengah-bumi
Kannadaಇತಿಹಾಸ ಮಧ್ಯಮ ಭೂಮಿಯ
KazakhОрта-жер тарихы (Cyrillic) Orta-jer tarïxı (Latin)
Korean가운데땅의 역사
KurdishLi ser Dîroka Navîn-erd (Kurmanji)
Kyrgyz CyrillicОрто жер Тарыхы
Laotianປະຫວັດສາດຂອງພາກກາງ, ແຜ່ນດິນໂລກi
LatvianVēsture Vidējā-zemes
LithuanianViduržemio istorija
LuxembourgishD'Geschicht vun Mëtt Äerd
Macedonian Cyrillicисторијата на Блискиот Земјата
MalaysianSejarah pertengahan bumi
Marathiमध्य-पृथ्वी इतिहास
MalteseL-istorja ta ' l-ert tan-nofs
Mongolian Cyrillicдунд-дэлхий Түүхийн
Nepaleseमध्य-पृथ्वीको इतिहास
NorwegianHistorien om Midgard
Occitanl’Istòria de la Tèrra Mejana
Pashtoد منځني ځمکه د تاريخ
Persianتاریخ از میانه زمین
PolishHistoria Śródziemia
PortugueseA História da Terra-média
Punjabiਮੱਧ-ਧਰਤੀ ਦੇ ਇਤਿਹਾਸ ਨੂੰ
RomanianIstoria Pământului de Mijloc
RussianИстория Средиземья
SamoanLe Talafaasolopito o le Lalolagi-ogatotonu
Scottish GaelicEachdraidh de Meadhan-talamh
SerbianПовијест Међуземља (Cyrillic) Povijest Međuzemlja (Latin)
Sindhiوچ ۾ زمين جي تاريخ
Sinhaleseමැද-පෘථිවිය ඉතිහාසය
SpanishLa historia de la Tierra Media
SundaneseNu Sajarah Tengah-bumi
SwahiliHistoria ya Dunia-atikati
SwedishHistoria Midgård
Tajik CyrillicТаърихи Миёна-замин
Tamilமத்திய-புவி வரலாறு
TatarУрта җир тарихы
Teluguమధ్య భూమి యొక్క చరిత్ర
Thaiประวัติศาสตร์มิดเดิลเอิร์ธ
TurkishOrta Dünya Tarihi
TurkmenOrta Ýer Taryhy
Ukrainian CyrillicIсторія Середзем'я
Urduمڈل-زمین کی تاریخ
UzbekЎрта жаҳон тарихи (Cyrillic) O'rta jahon tarixi (Latin)
WelshHanes Daear Ganol
XhosaYeembali KuMbindi-emhlabeni
Yiddishדי געשיכטע פון מיטל-ערד
J.R.P.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium
Published works
The Hobbit (1937) • The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring [1954] • The Two Towers [1954] • The Return of the King [1955]) • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book [1962] • The Road Goes Ever On: A Song Cycle [1967]
Posthumous publications
Bilbo's Last Song [1974] • The Silmarillion [1977] • Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth [1980]
The History of Middle-earth (The Book of Lost Tales Part One [1983] • The Book of Lost Tales Part Two [1984] • The Lays of Beleriand [1985] • The Shaping of Middle-earth: The Quenta, The Ambarkanta, and The Annals [1986] • The Lost Road and Other Writings [1987] • The Return of the Shadow [1988] • The Treason of Isengard [1989] • The War of the Ring [1990] • Sauron Defeated [1992] • Morgoth's Ring [1993] • The War of the Jewels [1994] • The Peoples of Middle-earth [1996] • Index [2006])
The Great Tales of Middle-earth (The Children of Húrin [2007] • Beren and Lúthien [2017] • The Fall of Gondolin [2018])
The Nature of Middle-earth [2021] • The Fall of Númenor [2022] • The Collected Poems of J.R.R. Tolkien [2024]

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