In it the gradual transition from the "primitive" legendaria of The Book of Lost Tales to what would become The Silmarillion is described, and it contains a text which could be seen as the first "Silmarillion": the "Sketch of the Mythology".
Three very interesting other parts are the Ambarkanta or "Shape of the World", a collection of maps and diagrams of the world described by Tolkien; and the Annals of Valinor and Beleriand, chronological works which started out as timelines but gradually turned into full narrative.
- Prose fragments following the Lost Tales — brief, uncompleted texts which continue on from The Book of Lost Tales
- The earliest "Silmarillion" — also referred to as the "Sketch of the Mythology", this is the start of the Silmarillion proper
- The Quenta — a further developed version of the "Sketch", the first full narrative since the Tales
- The first "Silmarillion" map — a reproduction of the first map of Beleriand
- The Ambarkanta — cosmological essays, maps, and diagrams
- The earliest Annals of Valinor
- The earliest Annals of Beleriand
|The History of Middle-earth Series (1983 - 2002)|
The Book of Lost Tales | The Book of Lost Tales 2 | The Lays of Beleriand | The Shaping of Middle-earth | The Lost Road and Other Writings | The Return of the Shadow | The Treason of Isengard | The War of the Ring | Sauron Defeated | Morgoth's Ring | The War of the Jewels | The Peoples of Middle-earth | The History of Middle-earth: Index
|J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium|