This page was created on 26-JUL-1997.
|But the author's vision of his own vision underwent a continual slow shifting, shedding and enlarging; only in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings did parts of it emerge to become fixed in print, in his own lifetime. The study of Middle-earth and Valinor is thus complex; for the object of the study was not stable, but exists, as it were 'longitudianally' in time (the author's lifetime), and not only 'transversely' in time, as a printed book that undergoes no essential further change. By the publication of 'The Silmarillion' the 'longitudinal' was cut 'transversely', and a kind of finality imposed|
So, we have Middle-earth with five dimensions: three spatial (latitude, longitude and altitude), and two temporal (Christopher's longitudinal and tranverse time, or David Salo's paratime and time ). In the timelines, I will make use of my icon code , to represent events that correlate to other events that are displaced in longitudinal time.
The way I build the timelines can be seen here
In each "tolkline", I will try to keep a map, representing each "neighbour" timeline, both in longitudinal and transverse time:
|Previous Age (Past)|
|More Primitive Timeline||Current Timeline and Age||More Evolved Timeline|
|Next Age (Future)|
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