- 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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A guide to Tolkien Paperback – Import, 2001
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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.Read more ›
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!!
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.
I can highly recommend it; worth the money!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully bound and has lovely illustrations. It's a great present for Tolkien lovers and has decent sized descriptions.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband loves this. Though there's no plot as it's a dictionary, his nerdy self has learned so many things he never knew!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is positively amazing and is a must have for someone who owns copies of "The Hobbit" and "the Lord Of The Rings". Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rebecca
My daughter loves all things Tolkien, and I didn't think there was any trivia left that she didn't know, but this book has provided her with new information to add to her... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Longfellow Marquez
Terrible source. David Day presents his own speculation as fact when it has little to no basis in Tolkien's writing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Adam
I ordered this for my dad on his birthday. it just came in and its awesome. it has really nice illustrations and think hes going to love it!Published 12 months ago by Emily Rose
A beautiful edition! Faux-leather binder, beautiful illustrations. Very enjoyable as a reference when reading Tolkein.Published 15 months ago by TheBoyNextDoor
This will give you definition to meany of the sometime confusing words of the meany languages found in the meany writings of JRRT. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sgt G