The War of the JewelsThe War of the Jewels
is the 11th volume of Christopher Tolkien
's series The History of Middle-earth
, analysing the unpublished manuscripts of his father J. R. R. Tolkien
It is the second volume (Morgoth's Ring being the first) to explore the later 1951 Silmarillion drafts, i. e., those written after the completion of The Lord of the Rings.
This is not as essential a work as Morgoth's Ring, but nonetheless includes:
- The second part of the 1951 Silmarillion drafts
- Many snippets involving Húrin and the tragedy of his children.
- Several revelations regarding the published Silmarillion. Basically, Christopher Tolkien admits large portions of the story of Túrin Turambar and the Ruin of Doriath were rewritten or severely edited by himself and Guy Gavriel Kay, and expresses tentative regret at having done so.