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In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Story of Kullervo was "the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own," and was "a major matter in the legends of the First Age." This is the exclusive leather-bound edition of this previously unknown work of Tolkien fantasy.

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The never-before-published work by the immortal fantasy author….

In 1913, J.R.R. Tolkien was an impecunious orphan whose future depended upon his making the most of his scholarship to Oxford. But instead of concentrating on his studies, young Ronald was trying to teach himself Finnish.

For he had become entranced by the Kalevala, the ancient national epic of Finland, and determined to attempt his own version of one section, the tale of Kullervo, a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers.

It was, Tolkien commented, “The germ of my attempt to write legends of my own to fit my private languages,” and it would change his life and career.

Now, Tolkien's first fantasy work has finally been published. Easton Press is proud to present: J.R.R. Tolkien's THE STORY OF KULLERVO, an exclusive leather bound Collector Edition.

The first expression of J.R.R. Tolkien's grand vision.

The language and mythology of Finland are unlike any other in Europe and for the young J.R.R. Tolkien they had an “indefinable sense of newness and strangeness” which profoundly inspired the author-to-be. Finnish would be the basis of Tolkien's Elvish language and he used numerous plot elements from the Kalevala for his own epic legends.

In Tolkien's hands, the tale of the “Hapless” orphan Kullervo's pursuit of revenge on the dark magician who murdered Kullervo's father and kidnapped his mother would become a deeply tragic story and the inspiration for Turin Turambar, the warrior hero of The Silmarillion.

Featuring Tolkien's unfinished Story of Kullervo and his essays on the Kalevala, as well as precise and revealing notes by longtime Tolkien specialist and renowned scholar of comparative mythology, Verlyn Flieger, J.R.R. Tolkien's THE STORY OF KULLERVO is a volume that will fascinate fans of the great fantasy master.

“The tale blends Tolkien’s trademark prose and epic poetry, and it is fascinating to catch this tantalizing glimpse into his brilliant mind,” says Booklist. Publishers Weekly concurs, writing, “[Kullervo] evokes the mythic grandeur that would come to characterize [Tolkien's] forays into the fantastic.”

J.R.R. Tolkien's first writings -- a magnificent Collector Edition.

Easton Press has created the ultimate edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's THE STORY OF KULLERVO – an Easton Press Collector Edition, the state-of-the-art in handcrafted heirloom quality books.

The binding is of supple premium leather, with a “hubbed” spine -- traditional hallmark of the finely crafted book – and 22kt gold inlay design and titles.

J.R.R. Tolkien's writing is preserved on rich and durable archival-quality paper that is acid-neutral and will not turn yellow or brittle with age – and the pages are painstakingly Smyth-sewn (not merely glued) into the binding.

Featuring moiré endsheets, gilded page ends, and even a satin ribbon page marker, this volume is the work of American craftsmen with an uncompromising commitment to the tradition of fine bookmaking.

The Collector Edition J.R.R. Tolkien's THE STORY OF KULLERVO is an essential volume – and an incomparable one-of-a-kind gift – for anyone interested in understanding Tolkien's creative process or tracing the history of his invention of Middle-Earth.

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