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A guide to Tolkien Paperback – Import, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Chancellor Press; 4th Printing edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753705621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753705629
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Firstly, the good things. The leatherette binding is beautifully embossed, there is a lovely map of Arda inside the front and back covers, the illustrations are (while a bit creepy) well done, and even the font is very pleasing and slightly evocative of an older time in the world. I think that this is an edition that Tolkien himself would have approved of, as it pays full heed to only his written works in both aesthetics and content. In addition, true to David Day's work, the entries are concise and well-informed.

Secondly, the less-good things. The back description states that the book is "essential reading for anyone who loves Tolkien's works and wants to learn more about them." While you certainly will learn more about Tolkien's fantasy world, there is a definite limit, as some entries are just plain missing from the text. Three examples of this are "lembas," "the Mirror of Galadriel," and "palantíri," all of which are thoroughly significant enough to merit full entries, yet receive none. I also could not find an entry for Old Man Willow, though I later found him hiding in one titled "Willows," which does seem a bit reductive considering how fascinatingly mysterious his character is, not to mention the fact that he nearly kills Frodo, Merry, and Pippin. What's more--and this is admittedly from an academic standpoint--Mr. Day does not include any citations whatsoever. While some may argue that this is merely a book meant for light reading, it would have been very beneficial to provide citations in case a reader wished to embark on further research on a given topic. I concede that Mr. Day is someone whom you may cite in an academic work, but it would still be very helpful to know from which parts of which texts he got his information.
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Absolutely wonderful guide to the world of Middle Earth!

I found this book at Barnes and Nobles about a week ago and I just had to buy it. The cover art is beautiful! It depicts the Drúedain sitting around a fire, and the design is etched into the cover (which is made of a leather material!), which gives the cover (front and back) a great texture.

The information inside is great! I tested the book several times, thinking of what I thought were obscure Middle Earth terms, only to be surprised when they were listed in the dictionary. Of course this dictionary is bound to miss a few terms, but overall I was thrilled at how thorough and complete this dictionary is. There is also the added bonus of illustrations that go along with some of the definitions, every few pages or so there are gorgeous sketches of characters/creatures/places and I loved looking through all of them.

Definitely recommend this book to new Tolkien fans, as it helps you keep track of Middle Earth lore in a easy to understand format. I also recommend this book to long time Tolkien fans, as it serves as a look to guide when you forget a term. The book is very reasonable priced, so what are you waiting for, buy it!!
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I can’t recall how I stumbled on this title one day back in the spring. But I was somewhat excited about it because we had just finished reading The Hobbit and the two oldest boys had watched the first DVD of The Hobbit as well as the three installments of The Lord of The Rings with us. I knew that this book would be great when we study the books in more details. However, what I didn’t expect was the detailed carving on the cover of the book to simply delight me beyond imagination.

The book is not very huge but it’s fabulously well presented containing drawings and a map through its pages. The book is definitively an indispensable guide to the rich, mythical world of Middle-Earth and the Undying Lands. It is arranged by alphabetical order and will explain the creatures, plants, events, and places that make up the lands mentioned in the Tolkien books.

If you are a fan of Middle-Earth and books from J.R.R. Tolkien, you definitively don’t want to miss this jewel of a book. It is a great book to own in your personal library and will allow you to learn more about everything you will find in the world of Tolkien.
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This is absolutely amazing!!!! I love this book. The drawings in it are fabulous, and the history in it is quite accurate (read Tolkien's works since I was 6 years old).
I can highly recommend it; worth the money!
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Amazing leather embossed cover, illustrations by six great artists; not to mention scholarly exposition on all things Tolkien.
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This is amazing! I just found it in Sam's Club, of all places, and bought it immediately upon seeing the map in the beginning. Ever since I read the Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth I have been searching for a map that combines Valinor, Beleriand, and Middle-earth, linking them together as they would have been during the time of the two lamps. Besides the map, it has an extensive list of creatures, plants, events, and places in Arda. When reading something that mentions an obscure name that you know you should know, by don't, you can easily look it up without having to search through multiple indexes and appendices. It is also very useful for the spelling some of the proper nouns in Quenya and Sindarin. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Middle-earth beyond seeing a Hobbit movie in cinemas.
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