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The Magical Worlds of The Lord of the Rings: The Amazing Myths, Legends,…

by David Colbert, David Colbert

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I don't know what it is about the author's style exactly that screams "I'm writing condescendingly! For children!" but it certainly is a bit hard to take (for the record, I hated that sort of thing with a passion when I *was* a child). However, I did find the book informative and interesting. The information pertaining to Tolkien seemed to be well researched, accurate, and some of it was new to me. It was well-indexed and the bibliography and notes were impressive. However, I noticed a couple of surprisingly basic errors in matters of general information: misidentifying the Egyptian god Aten as Ra (and a bas-relief as "hieroglyphs") in a caption and citing March 25th, the date of Sauron's defeat, as "the traditional date of Good Friday" (because as we all know, March 25th is *always* a Friday... not) rather than the Annunciation, or as Tolkien would have thought of it, Lady Day. The author loses a star and a half for these basic errors of fact, and for the unbearably twee style; on the whole however, the book is worth reading and keeping. ( )
  muumi | Feb 10, 2014 |
This is a pretty basic overview of the background of [b:the Lord of The Rings|34|The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1)|J.R.R. Tolkien|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1156043001s/34.jpg|3204327] and related books. Very quick read and not terribly in depth.
  walterqchocobo | Apr 8, 2013 |
I learned some very interesting tidbits from this very quick read. But my brain kept screaming "Why is he writing like this?!?!" I felt like it was a book aimed at older children. After endearing this for far too many pages, I looked at the About-The-Author and saw that he wrote for the Eyewitness Books, a series of educational (but beautifully done) picture books for older children. It all made sense. So...if you have a couple or so hours to spare, read away. I actually learned some neat things about LOTR. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425187713, Paperback)

The author who revealed the myths behind J.K. Rowling's creatures now tackles literature's most beloved epic fantasy, by bringing to light the legends that influenced J.R.R. Tolkien-and answering pertinent questions ranging from "Why do Hobbits live in holes?" to "When in the world is Middle-earth?"

This book was not authorized, prepared, approved, licensed, or endorsed by the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., or any other individual or entity associated with The Lord of the Rings book or movie.

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Offers information about Tolkien's realm of Middle-Earth and its inhabitants, including details on characters, mythology, origins, and cultures.

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