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The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion…

The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion (2005)

by Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull

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The book's quality varies widely-from the little known but fascinating to the tedious and lengthy quotes taken from better known works. Do we need to see entire paragraphs lifted from Unfinished Tales or History of Middle Earth? This book suffers from inadequate editing. ( )
  Cole_Hendron | Oct 15, 2009 |
Tolkien, Criticism
  wisdomlore | Dec 11, 2008 |
The only reason this doesn't rate 5 stars is that I found one or two errors in the appendicies. Even so, this volume is a welcome addition, chronicling the various errors, omissions, and erronious edits in the published text of LotR. ( )
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The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece of storytelling, and needs no assistance to entertain those sensitive to its qualities.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618642676, Hardcover)

In The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion internationally acclaimed scholars Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull examine Tolkien's masterpiece chapter by chapter, offering expert insights into its evolution, structure, and meaning. They discuss in close detail important literary and historical influences on the development of The Lord of the Rings, connections between that work and other writings by Tolkien, errors and inconsistencies, significant changes to the text during its fifty years of publication, archaic and unusual words used by Tolkien, and words and passages in his invented languages of Middle-earth. Thousands of notes, keyed to standard editions of The Lord of the Rings but universally accessible, reveal the richness and complexity of one of the most popular works of fiction in our time. In addition to their own expertise and that of other scholars and critics, Hammond and Scull frequently draw upon comments by Tolkien himself, made in letters to family, friends, and enthusiasts, in draft texts of The Lord of the Rings, and in works written in later years which amplify or illuminate characters and events in the story. Extensive reference is made also to writings by Tolkien not previously or widely published, including elaborate time-schemes, an unfinished manuscript index to The Lord of the Rings, and most notably, the important Nomenclature or guide to names in The Lord of the Rings prepared for the use of translators, long out of print and now newly transcribed and printed in its entirety. With these resources at hand, even the most seasoned reader of The Lord of the Rings will come to a greater enjoyment and appreciation of Tolkien's magnificent achievement.

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Presents a comprehensive reader's companion to J.R.R. Tolkien's classic "Lord of the Rings, and examines its literary and historical importance, connections between this and other works by Tolkien, the structure and meaning of the work, and much more.… (more)

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