393 pp, 9" H. The colour frontispiece reproduces a page of verse in Tolkien's calligraphy and there is an additional b&w example, plus a reproduction of two original manuscript pages in the text. A number of small genealogical tables are provided. Export edition dust jacket with no price on flap (designed so each receiving country could price the book according to their currency). "The first of the poems in this book is the unpublished 'Lay of the Children of Hurin', (Tolkien's) early but most sustained work in the ancient English metre, intended to narrate on a grand scale the tragedy of Turin Turambar. It was left incomplete when only the earlier part of the story had ben told, but not before the killing by Turin of Beleg his friend had been powerfully recounted and a unique description of the great redoubt of Nar-gothrond had been given. (This) was supplanted by the 'Lay of Leithian' 'Release from Bondage', in which another major legend of the Elder Days received poetic form, in this case in rhyme. The chief source of the short prose tale of Beren and Luthien in 'The Silmarillion', this too was left incomplete, but the whole Quest of the Silmaril is told, and the poem only breaks off after the encounter with Morgoth in his subterranean fortress. Many years later, when 'The Lord of the Rings' was finished, Tolkien returned to the 'Lay of Leithian' and started on a new version from the beginning; this is also given (here). Accompanying the poems are commentaries on the evolution of the history of the Elder Days, which was much developed during the years of the composition of the two Lays. Also included is the notable criticism in detail of the 'Lay of Leithian' by C.S. Lewis, who read the poem in 1929." There is a black remainder mark on bottom edge of the textblock, positioned against the spine, so not as noticeable as in many cases, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing on rear panel.