Unfinished Tales, like the Silmarillion was published posthumously by J.R.R. Tolkien’s son. The mass marketed paperback edition contains 493 pages including a 59 page index. Unfinished Tales includes lore from the first, second and third ages of Middle Earth. The text includes maps from three locations of Middle Earth; Númenórë, Far Harad, and Dagorlad.
Although many topics are discussed within this text the publisher has featured three topics at the preface of the text. They are:
- The telling of the origins of Middle Earths wizards
- The story of Galadriel, the daughter Finarfin and the co-ruler and Lady of Lothlórien. It is said that she had almost unlimited magical powers
- And the story of Bilbo Baggins before his great adventure.
Unfinished Tales will bring depth to many topics that are mentioned only briefly in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I have started my reading of Unfinished Tales at, Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin. This is one of those texts where I can see myself jumping around a bit.