The Complete Tolkien Companion

The Complete Tolkien Companion

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For all those who journey to Middle Earth, here is the complete guide to its lands, legends, histories, languages, and people. The Complete Tolkien Companion explains, translates, and links every single reference--names, dates, places, facts, famous weapons, even food and drink--to be found in J. R. R. Tolkien's world, which includes not only The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but also The Simarillion and many other posthumously published works. A detailed explanation of the various Elvish writing systems, together with maps, charts, and genealogical tables, bring the remarkable genius of Tolkien and the unforgettable world and wonder of Middle Earth to life with focus and accuracy. First published in 1976, this is an indispensable accompaniment for anyone who embarks on the reading journey of a lifetime.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 713 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 36mm | 539.77g
  • New York
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1250023556
  • 9781250023551
  • 150,037

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"The Complete Tolkien Companion" by J.E.A. Tyler offers a 712-page A-to-Z guide to Middle-earth minutiae. First published in 1976, it has, no doubt, been saddening countless parents ever since who wish their teenagers pored over their SAT study guides with the same demented fervor. "USA Today"

If you're a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," this is a great reference book, as it has entries that will probably jog the memories of even the most ardent adherent....This one has it all. "The Kansas City Star"

A treasure of arcane information that will be helpful to the casual well as to the newly minted Niddle Earth fanatic who wants to learn everything as soon as possible. "South Florida Sun-Sentinel"

"The Complete Tolkien Companion" is an excellent, proper accounting of the diversity of life in Middle-earth. I found the no-nonsense compilation (with minimal illustrations) refreshingly useful, as it concentrates on being more of a research book for invested Tolkien lovers rather than being a fancifully-illustrated coffee table version. ""

Essential for a new generation of readers to fully enjoy Tolkien's version in a new invaluable aid to a better understanding of Middle Earth and deserves a place on theshelf right next to "The Hobbit." "Baryon Magazine"

A resource that will bring further enjoyment to those already familiar with ["The Lord of the Rings"] and its associated works...A wonderful achievement for Tyler, and will make a welcom addition to the library of anyone who has come to consider Frodo and the lot as de facto members of the family. ""

A detailed and sweeping compendium, this book is a valuable reference to have handy when reading, re-reading, and re-re-reading Tolkien's work. "SFRevu""
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British Praise for "The Tolkien Companion"
"The quarrying Mr. Tyler has done in the books of our hero rivals the work of the dwarves in the mithril-mines of Moira."
- "Observer"
"Fascinating...For every Tolkien reader it is a must."
- "Yorkshire Post" (UK)
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About J E A Tyler

An author and journalist J.E.A. TYLER (1943-2006) specialized in music, historical biography, archeology, and anthropology. His other books include The Beatles: An Illustrated Record and I Hate Rock and Roll.
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