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Tolkien's legendarium

Tolkien's legendarium is the body of J. R. R. Tolkien's mythopoetic writing that forms the background to his The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked and re-worked the components of his legendarium throughout his adult life, a period of more than 50 years; the earliest drafts, published in The Book of Lost Tales (1983) date to 1916.

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I’m a statistics student who find delight in numbers; but I also have a true passion about Tolkien’s world. The Silmarillion is one of my favorite books of all time, and I have borrowed and read every book from The History of Middle-earth series. The true wonderful thing about Tolkien’s world is everything is related. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is great and all, but is only a small part of the vase and magnificent world of the great Professor; that is to say, the story of the Ring of Power happened on the near end of the Third Age, which itself is over three thousand years long; the history of Arda goes way back. At the beginning there was the One, lord of All, who create the world, along with the angelic-beings, the Valar; and the once-Valar but later-Dark Lord Melkor. Melkor marred Arda and it is forever imperfect. The elves of the West came from the heaven-like Valinor to Middle-Earth to make war upon this Dark Lord, and thus began the epic yet heartbroken stories of the First Age. Twice the Elves and Man united by marriage at that time, and from their descendants came Lord Elrond and King Aragorn we see in the Lord of the Rings. Elrond and most of the Elven-kind sailed to the West and never to return; while the history of Middle-Earth goes on, till now, the Sixth Age of the world. History became legend, legend became myth… I’ll admit that the epic of J.R.R.Tolkien confronted with my scientific mind; there is a small voice in the back of my head screaming constantly ‘that’s not right!’ Yet I manage to ignore that voice and enjoy the imaginary world presented to me, and it is splendid and romantic just like the old mythology I still find enjoyable today, even with all the knowledge of modern science in my mind.

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