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— J.R.R. Tolkien, (editor) Christopher Tolkien; 1985
The third book in the History of Middle Earth series. It discusses several poems from the late 1920s, collectively called The Lays of Beleriand, elaborating on the stories from the Lost Tales. As such, it falls inside Tolkien’s Early Period in the terminology this lexicon. The book also includes a late revision of one of the poems from the 1950s, labeled by Christopher Tolkien: “The Lay of Leithian Recommenced”. It partially updates the earlier poem to the later form of Tolkien’s legendarium, but was abandoned before much of the poem was revised.
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