- Title: The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth
- Author: Robert Foster
- ISBN: 9780048030023
- Page: 223
- Format: Hardcover
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The late Professor J.R.R Tolkien s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion have delighted millions of readers in recent years.Middle Earth, the world in which the stories take place, is as real and complex as our own Events, geography and names were created with care and loving attention by Tolkien, who wanted every single detail of his books to fit into tThe late Professor J.R.R Tolkien s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion have delighted millions of readers in recent years.Middle Earth, the world in which the stories take place, is as real and complex as our own Events, geography and names were created with care and loving attention by Tolkien, who wanted every single detail of his books to fit into their total pattern A belief in perfection, the fun of sub creation and the desire to create something so totally convincing that the reader could believe in it in a sense as actual history, involved him in map making, endless charts of dates and events and the development of his many invented languages.The Complete Guide to Middle Earth is intended to be supplementary to the works of Tolkien and no It draws together in logical sequence facts and information about names, languages, places and events from Tolkien s books and will be an indispensable aid in every reader s discovery of Tolkien s world.The heraldic device on the jacket represents the ancient throne of Elendil it bears his monogram L.N.D.L The seven stars of Elendil and his captains have five rays They originally represented the single stars on the banners of each of the seven ships that bore a palantir In Gondor, founded by Elendil, the seven stars were set about a white tree The winged crown is the chief mark of royalty of Gondor The green jewel at the bottom represents the coming of the new king, Elessar.
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An oh-so very helpful reference book for those who want to become a Middle Earth historian or perhaps an etymologist focusing on the Undying Landsybe a specialist in Numenor studies?Robert Foster's The Complete Guide to Middle Earth: From The Hobbit to the Silmarillion will give you just that, a comprehensive compilation of the people, places, events, etc as created by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is very helpful for the reader who can't retain every single detail Tolkien packed into his books. I think [...]
I know it might seem strange but my wife and I used this as a "baby name book". all three of our kids can be found in this book. My original copy is falling apart at the seams, but I won't be getting rid of it any time soon.
I absolutely adore this book. It's fantastic to have around whenever anyone happens to ask me something about Lord of the Rings that I don't actually know. I love having it on hand as reference material. Speaking as someone who has had great difficulty when trying to read The Silmarillion, it really helps explain how events which took place outside of The Lord of the Rings came to pass.I've checked this book out of my local library so many times, and I was thrilled when I finally got my own pers [...]
I keep this around any time I am reading something set in Middle Earth, which is much of the time. My dog-eared paperback copy is filled with notes, scribbled maps and bookmarks. Even avid readers of Tolkien's work sometimes have a hard time keeping track of the names, dates and places. Included are short descriptions of all the who's, the what's, the where's and the when's. This guide is a perfect reading companion.
This, to me, is the definitive companion or reference guide to Tolkien's books, in addition to any indexes or appendices found at the back of the actual books themselves. You get an A-Z encyclopedic concordance from pretty much anything in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. The artwork, while not needed, is fantastic work by Ted Nasmith. [also: it matches the illustrated hardbacks of The Hobbit by Alan Lee, The Lord of the Rings by Alan Lee, and The Silmari [...]
This book is an exhaustive guide to everything in Tolkein's Lord of the Rings realm. I have found it indispensable over the years. I will remember something from the books and will consult this guide to be sure my recollection is correct. If you are new to the LOTR world, you will find this book to be very handy. There are spoilers throughout, obviously. I applaud Robert Foster's effort in compiling this information in one nifty volume.
I like reading reference books for Tolkien's works, especially when they come in an encyclopedia-esque form. It's pretty easy to tell, but I'm fascinated by his work and the legacy Tolkien himself left behind. Thus, I like to skim through and find little passages within these reference books; they're not all the same, and so it's interesting to see how similar or different the interpretations may be from book to book.Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit are better known as his most famous [...]
The structure is that of a dictionary, with entries for every single name, name variation, place, character, deity, war, sword, etc. There was never a time where I searched for something and I didn't find it here. It was useful while reading the Silmarillion and made it a whole lot more fun. I won't read Tolkien stuff without it. There are also full genealogy trees for all the main dynasties: Elrond / Elros, Isildur / Aragorn, Hurin / Boromir / Faramir, et al. Very handy to understand who’s wh [...]
This is certainly an indispensable companion when reading The Lord of the Rings. It is an alphabetically arranged reference guide to pretty much all of the characters, place names, and general subjects in Tolkien's Middle-Earth based books. It even has page number cross references to some of the more popular editions of the books. I reread The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit every year or two, and I find that I always get more enjoyment out of reading the books if I have this guide close by whi [...]
It truly is set up as a dictionary! You can look up any word from LOTR, Hobbit, or Silmarillion, and it’s almost certain to be in here! I haven’t found any yet that aren’t, so. Names, locations, battles, objects, all categorized alphabetically. Page numbers for each item are also included, but even though my books are DelRey, same as this guide, the numbers don’t work – my books came out rather later, so. I have found it to be quite helpful, thought I still love the Atlas more – it w [...]
This is a reference guide. It isn't really a cover-to-cover read, though, I suppose you could do it. I really enjoyed the thoroughness of this book. Mr. Foster covers his bases through the Hobbit to the Silmarilion (sp?) and beyond. I couldn't think of anything that was missing, and I learned a little about some people, places, and things that I was shocked I didn't already know. This is a handy guide to have when reading Tolkien's works.
I really enjoyed reading this glossary bit by bit. It's great to have something like this to pick up when I only have a minute or two to read. I think by now I have memorized nearly all the names of the Valar, and I can even tell the difference between most of the sons of Feanor! It's great to see all those little historical facts of Middle Earth laid out and explained. It's incredible how Tolkien kept it all so organized in his writings!
From the First Era of Tolkien Rediscovery. Very comprehensive discussions of people, places and things. A bonus are the genealogical tables and Chronology of the First Age. Maps provide little detail beyond what Tolkien drew. No speculation is both a virtue (straight Tolkien) and a loss (no attempt to draw on secondary sources). Highly useful whether reading the original works or reviewing Peter Jackson's efforts
While not a complete resource (some minor entries which could have been are overlooked, and in a couple of entries mild conjecture is made- but when it is made a notice is given by Robert Foster that they are conjectures), it remains an excellent resource for Tolkien Fans.Having used all of Tolkien's works and private letters, Robert Foster does an excellent job of creating this encyclopedia of answers for those who have yet to read his private notes/letters or other works.
I love dictionaries and encyclopedias, and this is an absolutely great reference guide. It is truly perfect when you want to get a quick overview of characters, artifacts, locations, epochs etc. from The Hobbit, LotT, or Silmarillion. The only thing that could make it any better in my eyes, would be the inclusion of maps.
Title in German:Das große Mittelerde LexikonA "must have" for everybody who loves Middleearth. In alphabetical order are listed every person, scene, term and background to Tolkien´s world. In the appendix can be found a chronology of the early period of Arda and the family trees of the most important elves and kings. This review refers to the german edition revised by Helmut W. Pesch.
Since this is more of an encyclopedia than an actual "book", I only looked up the things relevant to my essay and found the information very. informative? Idk, I think it will be useful at least and there is a lot of information in this book about almost everything pertaining to the world of Middle-Earth.
This is the best source of all things Middle Earth. I used it extensively while I was reading the Lord of the Rings series. This very useful appendix even explains dates given during the First Age. It gives you just about everything except the temperature of the character's backsides. This is a must for a Tolkein reader/fan.
A guide both useful and valuable to keeping up with the tousands of characters, races, places, battles, events and thousands of years of history of Tolkien's Middle Earth. Particularly indispensable if you're planning on making your way through The Silmarillion or you simply want to go back on a fact-checking trip.
This little book was indispensable to my thorough digestion of Tolkien's famous books. While it isn't completely exhaustive, it does provide a comprehensive alphabetical dictionary-like reference to the many names, places and historical references Tolkien scatters throughout his works. A must-have for any big Tolkien fan.
This is a very helpful guide to the manifold names and places from Tolkien's total Middle-Earth corpus. I am pretty fair at keeping the Hobbit and LOTR straight but as I am not as familiar with the Silmarillion (only read one-and-a-half times) and other works, this is helpful.
This is a great guide to the world of Middle Earth that has lost most of its value in a world post-Google. It features succinct explanations for pretty much any obscure location or character you may run across, and it's very easy to read.
Wow! I was not quite sure what to expect from this, but picked it up while waiting for a copy of The Hobbit from the library. Not doing me much good without one of the novels (or all). It needs to be returned before that, so I will have to reacquire later. Looks very helpful.
I used this guide throughout reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy and watching the movie, as well as writing a recreational fan fiction. It has been very useful and I learned a whole lot of bizarre and interesting facts about the characters, places, and objects.
I've read this book after completely reading The Hobbit and the entire Trilogy. Came in handy when it came to recalling certain characters and places that were not stressed that much in the books. Very helpful book.
This is how I got through LotR. Seriously. I'll go back and re-read LotR one day, but at the time, I had trouble keeping track of the characters. Besides being a useful reference while reading the books, it was fun to read on its own!
My whole family loves Lord of the Rings so this book was something that appealed to us all. I have to admit I used it more or less to look up things that interested me whereas my boys have read it cover to cover several times. lol
To be honest I can't really say I've started at the beginning and read tot he end - just as one wouldn't with a dictionary or an encyclopaedia. But this is my invaluable, at hand, reference work whenever I read, or write, anything Tolkien related.
Worth owning if you're a LOTR fan. This reference is really well put together and very easy to use.
Contains everything you need to know about Tolkiens universe. A must have companion to any Lord of the Rings fan.
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