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''The Nature of Middle Earth'' is a collection of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s works, published posthumously and edited by [[Carl F. Hostetter]].  
 
''The Nature of Middle Earth'' is a collection of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s works, published posthumously and edited by [[Carl F. Hostetter]].  
  
It also features some unpublished writings post-''Lord of the Rings'', and taps into the time and space of Middle Earth, lifestyles, free will,<ref name="an elf friend">[https://anelffriend.com/resources/ Resources], An Elf Friend.</ref> elvish reincarnation, <ref name="New Tolkien Book: The Nature of Middle Earth">[https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2020/11/new-tolkien-book-the-nature-of-middle-earth/ New Tolkien Book: The Nature of Middle Earth], Tolkien Society.</ref> and how they are related to his mythology.  
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It also features some unpublished writings post-''[[Lord of the Rings]]'', and taps into the time and space of Middle Earth, lifestyles, free will,<ref name="an elf friend">[https://anelffriend.com/resources/ Resources], An Elf Friend.</ref> elvish reincarnation, <ref name="New Tolkien Book: The Nature of Middle Earth">[https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2020/11/new-tolkien-book-the-nature-of-middle-earth/ New Tolkien Book: The Nature of Middle Earth], Tolkien Society.</ref> and how they are related to his mythology.  
  
 
== Contents ==
 
== Contents ==

Revision as of 21:04, 25 November 2021

The Nature of Middle Earth is a collection of J.R.R. Tolkien's works, published posthumously and edited by Carl F. Hostetter.

It also features some unpublished writings post-Lord of the Rings, and taps into the time and space of Middle Earth, lifestyles, free will,[1] elvish reincarnation, [2] and how they are related to his mythology.

Contents

  • Foreword
  • Editorial Practices
  • Abbreviations and Conventions

Part One: Time and Ageing

  • Introduction
  • The Valian Year
  • Valinorian Time-Divisions
  • Of Time in Arda
  • Time-scales
  • Natural Youth and Growth of the Quendi
  • The Awaking of the Quendi
  • The March of the Quendi
  • Eldarin Traditions Concerning the "Awakening"
  • Time-scales and Rates of Growth
  • Difficulties in Chronology
  • Ageing of Elves
  • Concerning the Quendi in their Mode of Life and Growth
  • Key Dates
  • Calculation of the Increase of the Quendi
  • A Generational Scheme
  • Note on the Youth and Growth of the Quendi
  • Generational Schemes
  • Elvish Ages and Reincarnation
  • Elvish Life-cycles
  • Time and its Perception
  • Notes on Elvish Time-reference
  • A Fragment from The Annals of Aman
  • A Fragment from The Grey Annals

Part Two: Body, Mind and Spirit

  • Introduction
  • Beauty and Goodness
  • Gender and Sex
  • Eldarin Hands, Fingers, and Numerals
  • Hair
  • Beards
  • Descriptions of Characters
  • Mind-pictures
  • Knowledge and Memory
  • ósanwe-kenta
  • Notes on órë
  • Fate and Free Will
  • The Knowledge of the Valar
  • Spirit
  • The Visible Forms of the Valar and Maiar
  • Elvish Reincarnation
  • From The Statute of Finwë and Míriel
  • Death

Part Three: The World, Its Lands, and Its Inhabitants

  • Introduction
  • Dark and Light
  • The Primal Impulse
  • Powers of the Valar
  • The Making of Lembas
  • Note on Elvish Economy
  • Dwellings in Middle-earth
  • The Founding of Nargothrond
  • Manwë's Ban
  • Elvish Journeys on Horseback
  • Rider to "The White Rider"
  • Lives of the Númenóreans
  • The Ageing of Númenóreans
  • Of the Land and Beasts of Númenor
  • Note on the Consumption of Mushrooms
  • The Númenorean Catastrophe & End of "Physical" Aman
  • Galadriel and Celeborn
  • Silvan Elves and Silvan Elvish
  • Note on the Delay of Gil-galad and the Númenóreans
  • Note on Dwarvish Voices
  • Note on the Dwarf Road
  • From The Hunt for the Ring
  • The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor

Appendices

  • Metaphysical and Theological Themes
  • Glossary and Index of Quenya Terms
  • Index

References

  1. Resources, An Elf Friend.
  2. New Tolkien Book: The Nature of Middle Earth, Tolkien Society.