"All of the major and much of the minor that comprises Middle-Earth is covered with meticulous attention to detail." -- SF Site, March 2005
"UNDERSTANDING MIDDLE EARTH is just plain fun for the hard-core Tolkien enthusiast, and it gives plenty to chew on!" -- YetAnotherBookReview.com, November 2004
Michael Martinez has been active in science fiction and fantasy fandom for many years. He organized the first Hercules and Xena fan programming track for Dragoncon, North America's largest fan-run science fiction convention, in 1998. In 2000, he moved on to organize Dragoncon's Tolkien and Middle-Earth fan programming track. As a widely recognized expert on Tolkien's Middle-Earth mythology, Martinez has been called upon by companies around the world to share his insight for their special Tolkien projects. His research has appeared in numerous Tolkien journals, and he launched the long-running and popular Tolkien and Middle-Earth topic for the Suite101 website in late 1999.
Michael Martinez has thought deeply, and written well about Tolkien's work. Well worth the time to read, for anyone who wants to learn more about how Middle-Earth works.Published 10 months ago by Christopher Peters
This is a sequel or companion volume to Michael Martinez's Visualizing Middle-earth. Like its predecessor, the essays in Understanding Middle-earth were originally published in a... Read morePublished 24 months ago by John D. Cofield
This book is definitely worth the read. A number of thoughtful, intelligent and insightful pieces of writing help illuminate Tolkien's work a bit further and share the author's... Read morePublished on November 26, 2006 by Julian P. Huff
Do you believe in hobbits? Do they really exist? Are you sure? Understanding Middle Earth is a book to stir your imagination and make you wonder if these essays on Tolkien's... Read morePublished on March 4, 2005 by Miss Adventure
An incredible book! Michael Martinez takes you on a journey through Middle-earth like nothing you have ever seen before. Read morePublished on August 24, 2004 by Mark Fabian
How can anyone believe a review written by a self-proclaimed Michael Martinez hater? Why does Amazon allow people to post hateful reviews that are so clearly intended to hurt... Read morePublished on June 19, 2004 by lisa.
While I have ignored the negative reviews posted about my books in the past, Conrad Dunkerson's misleading assertions need to be directly addressed. Read morePublished on June 5, 2004 by Michael Martinez
This book is a great read for those who have read Tolkien's main works (rather than just seen the movies) and want to learn and puzzle over the tantalizing loose end that Tolkien... Read morePublished on June 3, 2004
Michael Martinez has been enchanting me and other readers for years. He has a gift for uncovering so many wonderful details about Middle-earth. Read morePublished on May 23, 2004 by Julie Quinones