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- Print Length: 360 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 27, 2011)
- Publication Date: April 27, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004Z7J6PY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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From the Back Cover
Understand the mythology, characters, and themes of Middle-earth
Don't know Gollum from Gandalf? This plain-English guide helps you make sense of the creatures, language, geography, and richly detailed history of the fascinating world of Middle-earth. From the Shire to Mount Doom, from the hobbits to the Ringwraiths, you'll discover the varied sources and inspirations behind Tolkien's stories and comprehend the meanings that lie beneath the surface.
- The differences between the books and the movies
- The historical background of Middle-earth
- The origins of Tolkien's mythology in European folklore
- Middle-earth's diverse languages
- Why the Elves were Tolkien's favorites
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
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Exploring the main themes in Tolkien's works, including immortality and death; the heroic quest; love; fate and free will; and faith and redemption Investigating the diverse lands of Middle-earth - including the Shire, Gondor, and Mordor - and their significance
Examining the different cultures of Middle-earth, such as Hobbits, Elves, Men, and those wily Wizards Touring the history of Middle-earth Understanding Tolkien's creation of new languages to enrich the story of Middle-earth Top Ten lists on the battles in the War of the Ring, online resources, and the ways the films differ from the novels
So, whether you're reading Tolkien's novels or watching the films for the first time, or you've been a fan for many years and are looking for a new take on Tolkien's works, The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies can help you enhance your reading or viewing experience for years to come.
When I came across the Kindle book, I read the sample and reviews. While some feel the author made a few errors, based on the large amount of material and interpretations, I feel he did a good job. It was money well spent and an enjoyable read. In fact, I devoured it all today. The comparison between book and movie was valuable as was the backstory.
Unless you are an expert all ready with these books, I recommend this book. I certainly learned a lot and think you will, too. My only problem now is what should I read next to prepare for the Hobbit movie two this Christmas?
An enjoyable read that gives one a new appreciation to the meticulous thought JRR Tolkien put into his creations and what we the reader see in his books and films.
Tolkien developed his Middle Earth countries. (I haven't finished the book yet.)
As all the books in the "for Dummies" series, the text is well organized with titles and subtitles.
The map of Middle Earth does not give enough detail of Middle Earth.
Additionally, a character analysis would be desirable.
Top international reviews
I read the book straight through, but it is the sort of thing you can dip in and out of and has a really good table of contents and index if you want to find a particular topic. As another reviewer has pointed out though, there are a few mistakes in the text - what is it with Americans Richard the Lionheart, eh?
May seem obvious, but you should really have read The Lord of the Rings, or at least seen the films, before you pick this book up, otherwise it's not going to make a whole lot of sense! The Hobbit and The Silmarillion are also referenced, but I don't think it's necessary that you have read these for this book to be helpful. Enjoy!