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The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth (1978)

by Robert Foster

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A peerless A-Z guide to the names, places and events in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, fully illustrated in colour throughout by acclaimed Tolkien artist, Ted Nasmith. J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion have delighted millions of readers over the 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 the sub-creation and the desire to create something totally convincing 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 was designed to add to the enjoyment of the reader of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by bringing together in an A-Z sequence facts and information about names, languages, places and events from these central books which will provide an indispensable aid to every reader's discovery of Tolkien's world - and the new edition has been enhanced by stunning illustrations, courtesy of celebrated Tolkien artist Ted Nasmith.… (more)
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Hobbits "liked to have books filled with things that they already knew, set out fair and square with no contradictions." This one fills the bill.

The cover art by the Hildebrandts is awful. Get a load of those silly hats.
  sonofcarc | Sep 21, 2021 |
Anything you could possibly need to reference about Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarilian, and any other book set in Middle-Earth is in this book. ( )
  RockStarNinja | Mar 7, 2011 |
A friend of mine and I found this book in our school library and had to work out an agreement as to who could borrow it when, because we both wanted it so badly. This is without a doubt the most useful and helpful of any reference I've come across, and the fact that it's in alphabetical order just spices up the deal.
Though I have to say I don't particularly like how all of the characters are depicted on the cover... ( )
  samlives2 | Mar 7, 2010 |
I love it despite the cover; Aragorn looks more like a Dumas character than a Dúnadan.
1 vote Edrys | May 5, 2007 |
I own two copies of this book. The paperback is my "as I am reading" reference book. I can annotate it, highlight it etc. The hardback is in my collecton. You do not need another Tolkien reference book if you own this one.
2 vote AzureMountain | Mar 6, 2007 |
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It's a pleasant, meandering way to explore Tolkien's creation if you've got the patience for it, though if you just want to better identify one of the characters in, say, "The Silmarillion" or a collection like "Unfinished Tales," the guide can be frustrating.
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Robert Fosterprimary authorall editionscalculated
Drechsler, ArndtCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Katzer, Gernotsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pesch, Helmut W.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the memory of my grandfather, Louis N Feipel, who gave me his love of words and books.
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ABYSS The low places of the Timeless Hall (q.v.) of Ilúvatar. (S 17; B 5)
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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This edition includes info about The Silmarillion. Please don't combine with The Guide to Middle-Earth (which doesn't)
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A peerless A-Z guide to the names, places and events in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, fully illustrated in colour throughout by acclaimed Tolkien artist, Ted Nasmith. J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion have delighted millions of readers over the 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 the sub-creation and the desire to create something totally convincing 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 was designed to add to the enjoyment of the reader of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by bringing together in an A-Z sequence facts and information about names, languages, places and events from these central books which will provide an indispensable aid to every reader's discovery of Tolkien's world - and the new edition has been enhanced by stunning illustrations, courtesy of celebrated Tolkien artist Ted Nasmith.

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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 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 more. 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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