An immense piece of work. There is so much story here. Enough for ten movies! The world Tolkien creates and controls here is fabulous and he covers many aspects of the creation myth.

It is a dense read and without the detailed index I would have struggled to follow some parts. Everyone and everything seems to have three different names!

If you are into fantasy fiction and of the millions who liked Lord of the Rings, this is essential to give a full understanding of the events and characters later on.

It is nice to see our language so well mastered and delivered. I found myself utterly transported to a history of ancient ideals where the people (and elves and dwarves) are as flawed as we are today.