domenica 15 dicembre 2013

Unifinished Tales,edizione inglese deluxe, 2013

Unfinished Tales
Deluxe edition
di J.R.R. Tolkien
a cura di Christopher Tolkien
HarperCollins, London
1° ed. 2013, pp. 452
Rilegato con cofanetto

Edizione speciale realizzata nella serie dei volumi Deluxe dell’HarperCollins. Nella stessa collana, già pubblicati: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion e The Children of Hurin - questi quattro in un cofanetto ad hoc - e ancora Tales from the Perilous Realm, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun e l'ultimo The Fall of Arthur

Il volume presenta, in doppia pagina, il disegno di Tolkien ‘Glórund Sets Forth to Seek Túrin’, che illustra il suo racconto ‘The Children of Húrin’.

Sul fronte del volume, così su quello del cofanetto, ritrae un particolare di elmo Numenoreano disegnato da J.R.R. Tolkien presente solo nella prima edizione rilegata del 1980. Tolkien titolò il disegno "Helmet of a captain of the Uinendili, helm made of overlapping plates of metal, the 'fish-crest' of leather embossed and coloured". "The Uinendil of Numenor" è descritto in questo volume in Part II, section 2.


Unfinished Tales is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and provides those who have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with a whole collection of background and new stories. The book concentrates on the realm of Middle-earth and comprises such elements as The Quest of Erebor, Gandalf’s lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End; the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand; and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan. Unfinished Tales also contains the only story about the long ages of Númenor before its downfall, and all that is known about such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantíri and the legend of Amroth. The tales were edited by Christopher Tolkien, who provides a short commentary on each story, helping the reader to fill in the gaps and put each story into the context of the rest of his father’s writings.

In prima pagina un disegno Nùmenorean di Tolkien.

Mappa, su tre pagine, ‘The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age” in due colori realizzata da Christopher Tolkien in edizione speciale solo per questo volume.