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The twelfth book in the History of Middle Earth series. The first part of the book discusses Tolkien’s work on the appendices to The Lord of the Rings. The other parts of the book discuss a some late essays and stories written towards the end of Tolkien’s life.
The drafts of the Lord of the Rings appendices are problematic within the chronological scheme used in this lexicon, lying in the transition between Tolkien’s Middle (1930-1950) and Late Periods (after 1950). These drafts ascribe some words to the Noldorin language (Middle Period) that, by the time The Lord of the Rings was published, have become Sindarin words (Late Period). This lexicon mostly labels these words as Late Noldorin (ᴸN) but groups them with Sindarin. In some cases, where there is a transition between older and later forms, the lexicon treats these words as Noldorin (N) and groups them with that language.