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==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
[[Christopher Tolkien]] describes here the relations between the texts published in previous volumes of ''[[The History of Middle-earth]]'' (specially in ''[[The Shaping of Middle-earth]]'') and those presented in this section, which shows the state of the [[legendarium]] in the time when the first draft of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' had just been written.
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[[Christopher Tolkien]] describes here the relations between the texts published in previous volumes of ''[[The History of Middle-earth]]'' (specially in ''[[The Shaping of Middle-earth]]'') and those presented in this section, which shows the state of the [[Legendarium]] in the time when the first draft of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' had just been written.
  
 
#''[[Ainulindalë (Lost Road)|Ainulindalë]]'', a new retelling of the [[The Book of Lost Tales Part One|Lost Tale]] of "[[The Music of the Ainur]]" as a separated work.
 
#''[[Ainulindalë (Lost Road)|Ainulindalë]]'', a new retelling of the [[The Book of Lost Tales Part One|Lost Tale]] of "[[The Music of the Ainur]]" as a separated work.
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#''[[Quenta Silmarillion (Lost Road)|Quenta Silmarillion]]'', a new version of the "[[Quenta Noldorinwa]]" that was sent unfinished to [[George Allen & Unwin]] as part of "The Gnomes Material".
 
#''[[Quenta Silmarillion (Lost Road)|Quenta Silmarillion]]'', a new version of the "[[Quenta Noldorinwa]]" that was sent unfinished to [[George Allen & Unwin]] as part of "The Gnomes Material".
  
This group of works seem to be a defined mark on the evolution of the legendarium, and Christopher explains that now he is sure that the ''[[Ambarkanta]]'' belongs to this phase, although he had previously said that there was no way to know if it had been composed before or after the "Earliest Annals of Valinor".
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This group of works seem to be a defined mark on the evolution of the Legendarium, and Christopher explains that now he is sure that the ''[[Ambarkanta]]'' belongs to this phase, although he had previously said that there was no way to know if it had been composed before or after the "Earliest Annals of Valinor".
  
 
Although Tolkien didn't finish his works one by one, Christopher proposes an order of composition: ''Later Annals of Beleriand'', ''Later Annals of Valinor'', ''Lhammas'', ''Quenta Silmarillion''; ''Ambarkanta'' at any rate after ''Annals of Beleriand'', ''Ainulindalë'' before ''Quenta Silmarillion'', and ''[[The Fall of Númenor]]'' later than the ''Ambarkanta''.
 
Although Tolkien didn't finish his works one by one, Christopher proposes an order of composition: ''Later Annals of Beleriand'', ''Later Annals of Valinor'', ''Lhammas'', ''Quenta Silmarillion''; ''Ambarkanta'' at any rate after ''Annals of Beleriand'', ''Ainulindalë'' before ''Quenta Silmarillion'', and ''[[The Fall of Númenor]]'' later than the ''Ambarkanta''.

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