im a fair new tolkien fan
I have the Unfinished tales, Lotr, silmarillion and the hobbit(+something about tom bombadil etc)
I just discovered the existence of the 'history of middle earth' books.i also saw that they have the same subjects as in the silmarillion
whats that about ????older works than the silmarillion ?
Is it any good ??? is it for casual tolkien fans/or die hards.
Welcome Kenneth, the History of Middle Earth series shows the development of Tolkien's writing from 1917(ish) right through til his death (I think, though I might be wrong) and contains drafts and different versions of all the stories in both the SIl and Lotr. If you liked Unfinished Tales, you'll like this (heh, ad tagline) and it's really for both casual and diehard fans, more the diehards, but the casual can ignore Chris Tolkien's notes, and just enjoy reading some great writing from a master.rHope I've helped a bit, if not there's a whole section on it in the forum some where, called "History of Middle Earth".