>I didn't even start on the _Unfinished Stories_ or
>whatever that series was, or maybe I have one...It seemed so piecemeal.
I think you mean _Unfinished Tales_, which really is a quite
excellent book, even for the non-"scholar".
_The History of Middle-earth_ series as a whole requires rather more
commitment from its reader, but again contains some absolute gems for
the non-scholar. My personal recommendation of books from the series
for such a reader are _The Lost Road_ (vol. V), _Sauron Defeated_
(vol. IX), _Morgoth's Ring_ (vol. X), _The War of the Jewels_ (vol.
XI), and _The Peoples of Middle-earth_ (vol. XII).
But that's just a broad recommendation. Our own David Bratman does a
terrific job of discussing in detail which parts of the _HoMe_ series
will appeal to readers of varying literary tastes is his essay "The
Literary Value of _The History of Middle-earth_" in the forthcoming
book _Tolkien's Legendarium_ (Greenwood Press, 2000). See:
>The histories of Middle Earth, they seemed more real almost than our own
>histories. Could well be their studied grounding in real language and
>history, do you think?
No argument here! ;)
>And, my initial question, WHAT is Vinyar Tengwar?
_VT_ is the journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, a SIG of the
Mythopeoic Society that focuses on Tolkien's invented languages. See:
| Carl F. Hostetter Aelfwine@... http://www.erols.com/aelfwine
| ho bios brachys, he de techne makre. |
| Ars longa, vita brevis. |
| The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne. |
| "I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take |
| such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about." |