The Book of Lost Tales I (vol.1 of HoMe): I'm only just beginning to read it, but this book is 'something else' because it takes you back to the very earliest of Tolkien's writings that would ultimately become the legendarium which we all love so much. You see right from the first page 'The Professsor's' penchant for naming & rather rapidly renaming the places, races & individuals in his stories. The very sketchy general form of the story as it exists now is there, more or less! After each of the'Tales' Christopher writes a commentary in which he gives details on all the transformations the material goes through from earliest form to the version which winds up in The Hobbit & LotR. So far it is very interesting to see the workings of Tolkien's mind at this early stage of the creative process. Is anybody else reading or have any of you read all or party of HoMe yet? If so, let us know how you feel about it! Share your thoughts wih us, Please! Vanye
The road goes ever on and on; out from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow if I can. ...J.R.R. Tolkien
The reading Mother You may have tangible wealth untold caskets of jewels & coffers of GOLD. But...richer than I you can never be for I have a mother who READS to me!
I have tried four times (so far) to read BoLT vol 1 from cover to cover. I can't. I seem to get hopelessly lost. I think it is CT's fault wth the commentary portions. I know that I can read the stories without the "helpful notes", but, I feel like I am missing something...so I read them.
Anyway, I did read LotR's history: vol 6 - 9a without difficulty.
On another thread we have been using quotes from vol 3: Lays of Beleriand which I would love to read in full, but, my experience with BoLT has me in a cold sweat.
I wonder if reading the Sil portions of HoMe backwards starting with vol 10 and 11, then 5, 4, 3, ending with 1 and 2 would somehow make it easier. Any thoughts? Fan