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The Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Tyler
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The Tolkien Companion (original 1976; edition 2000)

by J.E.A. Tyler

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The Tolkien Companion by J. E. A. Tyler (1976)

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Though it appeared shortly before publication of The Silmarillion, and so was inevitably superseded, this book deserves recognition as the first serious attempt to catalogue Tolkien's world. It is thorough and readable, and although occasionally inaccurate (e.g. in the genealogies of the Eldar and Edain), it avoids speculation and invention, and was, in its day, a very useful handbook to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The decorated capital letters at the head of each section are beautifully drawn. MB 19-viii-2009 ( )
2 vote MyopicBookworm | Aug 18, 2009 |
If you've ever read Tolkien, and yet don't consider yourself the Middle Earth version of a "trekkie," then like me, you've probably had difficulty telling Boromir from Faramir, or Balin from Dwalin. And where exactly is Rhovanton? Where the heck did the elves go after the war? How did Smeagol become that disgusting little freak Gollum?
If you have ever had issues keeping any of this information together in your head while reading Tolkien, I highly advise keeping the Tolkien Companion nearby whenever you find yourself immersed in the Middle Earth books. ( )
  benuathanasia | Nov 30, 2008 |
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Reilly, KevinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tolkien, J. R. R.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tyler, S. A.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Throughout the history of the philological sciences there have been few feats of literary translation to equal that performed by Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, of Oxford, England, between the years 1932 and 1953.
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Unless you determine that one or more of the following are substantially the same work, please distinguish among:

The Tolkien Companion (1976);
The New Tolkien Companion (1979);
Tolkien Lexicon (1980; 2002); and
The Complete Tolkien Companion: Totally Revised and Updated (2002).

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Between 1932 and 1953, Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, of Oxford, England, translated four volumes compiled by the renowned Hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, written during the Third Age of Middle Earth, far longer ago than the Celtic, Germanic and Icelandic manuscripts Professor Tolkien was used to deciphering. The result was
The Hobbit, and readers have never been
the same since.
        In 1954, seventeen years after The Hobbit first appeared, its sequel, The Lord of the Rings was published, and it became the centerpiece of Tolkien's work. The Ring Epic covers approximately ten thousand years, and contains a vast amount of information as well as a huge variety of words and names which Tolkien translated from the Elvish and Mannish tongues. THE TOLKIEN COMPANION is an impressive endeavor to guide one through the world of Middle Earth, compiling every fact, name, word, and date from all the works into one comprehensive and accessible volume.
        Here, in one source, is the High History of the Elven peoples. The origins of Morgoth the Enemy is clarified, as is his Fall, and the subsequent rise to power of Sauron the Great, Lord of the Rings. The heroic epic of how the Free Peoples--Elves, Men, Ents, Dwarves, and Hobbits--survived against the Peril of the Ancient World is meticulously detailed. And a guide to the various Elvish writing systems, together with explanatory maps, charts, even genealogical tables, bring the remarkable genius of Tolkien and the unforgettable world and wonder of Middle Earth to life with focus and accuracy. Presented in alphabetical order for quick and easy reference, THE TOLKIEN COMPANION is an indispensable accompaniment for anyone who embarks on the reading journey of a lifetime.

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Publisher description: The Tolkien Companion explains, translates, and links every single reference - names, dates, places, facts, famous weapons, even food and drink - to be found in Tolkien's world, which includes not only The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but also The Silmarillion and many other posthumously published works.... First published in 1976, this edition has been fully revised and updated for a new century of Tolkien lovers.… (more)

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