I’ve been picking up the odd volume of “The History of Middle Earth“, which is a release of parts of the drafts and other papers from Tolkien published after his death. I wasn’t keen enough to get them new, but these days with a 5 dollar bookstore nearby and Amazon used books ready to send them for a very low cost, why not pick them up?
This book covers the latter half of the Silmarillion, which is the Tolkien book that most don’t like as much. I did, since I am a history buff, and the big picture overview didn’t put me off like it might for some. Also, it sure gives a different picture of the elves – not the wan, fading figures from Lord of the Rings, but the kind of folk that would tell their gods to shove it, walk to a new continent, betray each other, and then go and attack another god and his minions for a centuries just to get three jewels back.
In the main, I found this book interesting. There are some new aspects revealed in it, but in a patchy way. It isn’t a replacement for the Silmarillion, but a supplement. I have another couple stored up to put in the queue next – one of the War of the Ring books.