The History of Middle-earth Index

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The History of Middle-earth IndexFinally! The index to the History of Middle-earth Series in the same format as the original first editions.

Previously this book was only available in a paperback edition from 2002, but this (new) edition was released in 2010 (publication date given as 4th March) as part of the Tolkien Bookshop ‘Print on Demand’ service.

This service provides new printings (to order) of out-of-print editions - notably the twelve volumes of the History of Middle-earth series (for more details, see This ‘Index’ has been specially designed to match those original books.

If, like me, you have all twelve volumes of ‘History’ as first editions in the ‘classic’ bindings, getting this matching Index really is a no-brainer. The ‘Print on Demand’ books are made by Martins The Printers Ltd, and I can confirm that in every respect the book is just like one of the other volumes as originally printed.

True, the History of Middle-earth Index is quite possibly the dullest book ever published - consisting almost entirely of a list of funny names with a bunch of numbers next to each, but for the ardent Tolkien enthusiast this really is like a piece in a jigsaw that’s been missing for years and suddenly turns up when you least expect it.

I’m also very pleased to have got my copy so quickly - even though these are printed to order, there’s still something rather appealing about a 2010 printing.

Title: The History of Middle-earth Index
Author: JRR Tolkien
Edited by: Christopher Tolkien
Published by: Harper Collins
Year of Publication : 2010
Edition: 2010 Print on Demand

The History of Middle-earth Index - Tolkien - Print On Demand edition 2010

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  1. Edward Lord says:

    Hi my name is Ed, I live in the USA and I have recently retired. I have an unfinished remodeling project at our home and would like to finish it! Therefore, after much thought I have decided to sell my 1st edition collection of Tolkien’s The History or Middle Earth!

    I have been collecting for a long time and have acquired a complete collection (12 volumes) of both the UK editions and American editions, with a few duplicate issues plus 1st editions of Unfinished Tales and the Silmarillion (UK & American). All books are well cared for and wrapped in clear covers, not read but some with the lightest of rubbing on the DJ, very clean of any markings and with appropriate maps.

    I am attaching two lists that I have been keeping of the particulars of each book in both collections for your review. All are first impressions, including some Book Club editions many with only 2,000-3,000 copies.

    Please let me know if these are of interest to you.

    Thank you,

    Ed Lord

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