A new book of the writings of JRR Tolkien will soon be published. According to the Tolkien Society, The Fall of Númenor will bring together all of Tolkien’s writings about the Second Age – the stories on which the upcoming Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power TV show is based. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon right now.
“The book brings together many of Tolkien’s writings and uses The Tale of Years in The Lord of the Rings appendices to present the content in an order and style that suits readers,” the Tolkien Society revealed.
The Lord of the Rings appendices provide much of the inspiration for the upcoming show. So you can see why this volume might be of particular interest right now.
The Fall of Númenor tells the story of the foundations of Númenor – the Kingdom of Men established on an island that was raised from the sea by the Valar in the Second Age of Middle-earth.
It also recounts the forging of the Rings of Power, as well as the Last Alliance against Sauron which ended the Second Age. Edited by Tolkien scholar Brian Sibley, the book provides fresh commentary while bringing together all of Tolkien’s Second Age works in one convenient edition. It certainly looks like a great companion for those looking forward to the TV show and will be released on November 10, just a few weeks after the show ended.
“It has been a great honor to have been commissioned to bring together the writings of JRR Tolkien (edited by Christopher Tolkien) relating to the dramatic history spanning the Second Age of Middle-earth,” Sibley said. “I hope this opportunity to read, as a single account, an account of those years, will provide a new appreciation of how the monumental events of the Second Age were to impact those told in The Lord of the Rings.”
The Fall of Númenor also includes ten new color plates from classic Tolien illustrator Alan Lee, featuring scenes such as the construction of Barad-dûr and Galadriel leading the Elves through Khazad-dûm.
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