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The Nature of Middle-earth: Late Writings on the Lands, Inhabitants, and Metaphysics of Middle-earth is a book of previously unpublished texts by J.R.R. Tolkien, compiled by Carl F. Hostetter, who had been sent the texts for publication by Christopher Tolkien in 2020.[1] Addressing numerous topics on inner workings and close details of Tolkien's world of Arda, the book was published by HarperCollins and Mariner Books in September 2021.

It is the first publication to exclusively feature essays by J.R.R. Tolkien that all solely concern his Middle-earth legendarium.

A solicitation released by HarperCollins describes the book as the unofficial fourteenth volume of The History of Middle-earth, though it is to be noted the publication is fully approved by the Tolkien Estate.[2] The full description is as follows:

The first ever publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s final writings on Middle-earth, covering a wide-range of subjects, and the perfect next read for those who have enjoyed Unfinished Tales and the History of Middle-earth series and are hungry for more.

The Nature of Middle-earth will comprise numerous late (c. 1959-73) and previously unpublished writings by J.R.R. Tolkien on the “nature” of Middle-earth, in both chief senses of that word: both metaphysical and natural/historical.

For Tolkien fans, readers, and scholars interested in learning more about Tolkien’s own views on Middle-earth. It will appeal in particular to those readers who enjoyed Unfinished Tales, and some of the later volumes of the History of Middle-earth. Indeed, many of the texts to be included are closely associated with materials published in those places, and were sent to Hostetter, specifically, in photocopy by Christopher Tolkien for potential publication.

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Contents[]

  • Part One: Time and Ageing (of 23 chapters)
  • Part Two: Body, Mind, and Spirit (of 17 chapters)
  • Part Three: The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants (of 22 chapters)
  • Appendix on Metaphysical and Theological Themes
  • Glossary and Index of Quenya Terms
  • General index

Among the topics covered in The Nature of Middle-earth are fate and free will, the Valar's telepathy and the Ósanwe-kenta, Dwarven beards, how different races of Middle-earth age, the making of lembas bread, how Eru Ilúvatar was the source of all creativity, the lands and animals of Númenor, and many others. Much of the topics and details covered fittingly address the varying curiosities that Middle-earth fans acquired through the decades from reading The Hobbit and especially The Lord of the Rings, which Tolkien commented on in a 1956 letter to H. Cotton Minchin, expressing how different readers who wrote to him desired further information on Middle-earth's cultures, botany, music, the workings of Elvish languages, and other matters.

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Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die aard van Midde-aarde
Albanian Natyra e Tokës së mesme
Amharic የመካከለኛው ምድር ተፈጥሮ
Arabic طبيعة الأرض الوسطى
Armenian Միջերկիր բնույթը
Assamese মধ্য-পৃথিৱীৰ প্ৰকৃতি
Azerbaijani Orta Yerin təbiəti
Basque Erdialdeko Lurraldea izaera
Belarusian Cyrillic Прырода Міжзем'я
Bengali মধ্য-পৃথিবীর প্রকৃতি
Bosnian Priroda Međuzemlja
Bulgarian Cyrillic Природата на Средна земя
Catalan La naturalesa de la Terra Mitjana
Chinese 中土的性质
Croatian Priroda Međuzemlja
Czech Povaha Středozemě
Danish Midgårds natur
Dutch De aard van Midden-aarde
Esperanto La naturo de Mez-Tero
Estonian Keskmaa loodus
Finnish Kirjoituksia Keski-Maasta
French La nature de la Terre du Milieu
Frisian De natuer fan Midden-ierde (Western)
Galician A natureza da Terra Media
German Die Natur von Mittelerde
Greek Η φύση της Μέση Γη
Gujarati મધ્ય-પૃથ્વીની પ્રકૃતિ
Hebrew טבעה של הארץ התיכונה
Hindi मध्य पृथ्वी की प्रकृति
Hungarian Középfölde természete
Icelandic Eðli Miðjarðar
Indonesian Sifat Dunia Tengah
Irish Gaelic Nádúr na Meán-domhain
Italian La natura della Terra di Mezzo
Japanese 中つ国の性質
Kannada ಮಧ್ಯ-ಭೂಮಿಯ ಸ್ವಭಾವ
Kazakh Ортаңғы-жер табиғаты (Cyrillic) Ortañğı-jer tabïğatı (Latin)
Korean 중간계의 성격
Kurdish سروشتی زەوی ناوەڕاست (Sorani) Xwezaya Cîhana navîn (Kurmanji)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Орто Жердин табияты
Latvian Viduszemes daba
Lithuanian Vidurinėsžemės prigimtis
Luxembourgish D'Natur vum Mëttleren Äerd
Macedonian Cyrillic Природата на Блискиот Земјата
Malayalam മധ്യ ഭൂമിയുടെ സ്വഭാവം
Maltese In-natura tad-Nofsani-pajjiż
Marathi मध्य-पृथ्वीचे स्वरूप
Mongolian Cyrillic Дундад газар мөн чанар
Nepalese मध्य-पृथ्वीको प्रकृति
Norwegian Midgards natur
Pashto د منځني ځمکه طبیعت
Persian طبیعت سرزمین میانی
Polish Natura Śródziemia
Portuguese A natureza da Terra-média
Punjabi ਮੱਧ-ਧਰਤੀ ਦਾ ਸੁਭਾਅ
Romanian Natura Pământul de Mijloc
Russian Природа Средиземья
Serbian Природа Средње земље (Cyrillic) Priroda Srednje zemlje (Latin)
Sinhalese මැද පෘථිවියේ ස්වභාවය
Slovak Povaha Stredozeme
Slovenian Narava Srednjega sveta
Spanish La naturaleza da la Tierra Media
Swahili Asili ya Dunia ya Kati
Swedish Midgårds natur
Tajik Cyrillic Табиати Замини Миёна
Tamil மத்திய பூமியின் இயல்பு
Telugu మధ్య-భూమి యొక్క స్వభావం
Thai ธรรมชาติของมิดเดิลเอิร์ธ
Turkish Orta dünya'nın doğası
Turkmen Orta Ýeriň tebigaty
Ukrainian Cyrillic Природа Середзем'я
Urdu درمیانی زمین کی نوعیت
Uzbek Ўрта Ёрнинг табиати (Cyrillic) O'rta Yerning tabiati (Latin)
Vietnamese Bản chất của Trung địa
Welsh Natur y Canol-y ddaear
Yiddish די נאַטור פון מיטל-ערד

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