I orignally posted this in the AotC Forum, but because we have a trendy new Saga Forum, I thought I would repost here. ----------- Tolkien once wrote, in regards to The Silmarillion: "Part of the attraction of the L.R. is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist." In the Original Trilogy, the PT era was the background history that was the 'attraction.' Does the PT suffer from a lack of glimpses of a "large history" as described by Tolkein?