This handy volume---a QPB exclusive, the likes of which you'll find nowhere else on or beyond Middle-earth---is more than just a footrest to the snug club chair that is The Lord of the Ring's it is a friend who drops by to share choice gossip about one of your favorite subjects.
waltzmn: Many books have tried to get "behind" Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, but since Tolkien's work is fundamentally linguistic, who but a philologist can really help us see fully inside it? Tom Shippey's works are the best available for understanding Tolkien.… (more)
Preface ---- Ever since I arrived at Cambridge as a student in 1964 and encounerted a tribe of full-grown women wearing puffed sleeves, clutching teddies and babbling excitedly about the doings of hobbits, it has been my nightmare that Tolkien would turn out to be the most influential writer of the twentieth century," Germaine Greer wrote in 1996.
This is The QPB Companion to The Lord of the Rings. It is notThe Lord of the Rings itself; please do not combine them. And J. R. R. Tolkien is not the author; this is a collection of essays and other materials, none of them by Tolkien.