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The Complete Guide to Middle-earth [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Robert Foster
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6 Oct 2003

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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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Illustrated edition edition (6 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007169426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007169429
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.3 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Middle-earth is the country of J.R.R. Tolkien’s tales – the territory of Sauron, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Sam Gamgee – whose legends, history, geography and inhabitants combine to make a unique fictional world. This Guide is a comprehensive reference work to every name and event in Tolkien’s books, from The Hobbit to The Silmarillion.’
Daily Telegraph

‘Mr Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth supplies, as I have found through frequent use, an admirable work of reference.’
CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN

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"Middle-earth is the country of J.R.R. Tolkien's tales – the territory of Sauron, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Sam Gamgee – whose legends, history, geography and inhabitants combine to make a unique fictional world. This guide is a comprehensive reference work to every name and event in Tolkien's books, from 'The Hobbit' to 'The Silmarillion'"
DAILY TELEGRAPH

“Mr Robert Foster’s 'Complete Guide to Middle-earth 'supplies, as I have found through frequent use, an admirable work of reference.”
CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concordance to Tolkien’s work 2 Mar 2003
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This detailed guide was compiled to assist readers of The Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion by placing historical events, characters and places in the context of Tolkien’s vast cosmology. As such it is an indispensable concordance for the serious fan of Tolkien’s world. The history of Middle Earth and Aman was woven together with great attention to detail so that all the stories fit together in perfect cohesion. The main body of the work has alphabetical entries from “Abyss” to “Zirak-Zigil”, while Appendix A is a chronology of the First Age from the creation of Eä to the birth of Elrond and Elros, and Appendix B contains genealogical tables like that of the first house of the Edain, the lines of Isildur and Anarion, the descent of the Peredhil, the house of Hurin and the Rohirrim. Many of the Elvish entries have translations of their meaning, e.g. Aragorn = “Royal Tree”. The treatment of languages, like variations and different shades of meaning, is quite detailed and interesting. Important races, places and characters have extensive commentary devoted to them but there are also many single line entries. This comprehensive reference work makes one appreciate Tolkien’s achievement all the more. I recommend it to all who are seriously interested in his brilliant creation that has come to life again at the beginning of our third millennium with the release of the excellent Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy. I would also like to recommend David Day’s book “A Tolkien Bestiary” which contains maps, chronologies and wonderful illustrations. These two titles together are all you need to have a complete reference to Aman and Middle Earth.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of fascinating information 16 July 2004
Format:Paperback
My thirteen-year-old daughter has become a solid Tolkien fan, and picked up this book for further study. Organized into dictionary form, this wonderful book contains all of the information on people, places and things found in J.R.R. Tolkien's books on Middle-Earth. Do you want to know more about Elrond or the great Wizards? What about the Grey Havens or the Rings of Power? Well, it's all here!
The information is nicely organized, including translations (where necessary) and source reference. Now, the one thing I must say is that if you have not read the Silmarillion, then a good deal of the information here will not mean much to you. If you have read it, then this book will be a great resource for you. If you haven't read the Silmarillion (like my daughter), then you will still find this a treasure trove of fascinating information. My daughter and I both highly recommend this book to you!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it sucks you in (a must have) 9 Jan 2003
By Jay S
Format:Paperback
this guide has proven invaluable to me whilst reading the tolkien books.
you find yourself looking up one person or creature and then spotting another on the same page that grabs your attention.
it goes into great detail and gives an enlightened insight into tolkiens world.
until you own this book you will never realise the true genius and hard work that went into the books of tolkien. you will finally understand the loyalties, relationships and linkages of middle earth... it has everything!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great help! 22 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A great book for Tolkien fans! I've been reading "The Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings" and both are full of names, places, things and persons. This book displayes all these names from A-Z and explains a little about each one. It contains information on everything from "The Hobbit" to "The Silmarillion". This book has helped me much understanding the world better J. R. R. Tolkien created.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great and useful book 12 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Along with Karen Fonstad's Atlas a very useful and informative friend (I didn't want to say companion) to make re-reading LOTR more enjoyable.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very detailed and accessible read 25 May 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is really fabulous with its enormous detail giving very thing about the character or place with as much detail as can be found about it in texts.
Its expansive text was a must have for me and gave enormous detail about such subjects as details about the seven fathers of dwarves and the folk of durin as well details about what aragorn did in his youth against the corsairs of umbar.

It also tells about many things not even mentioned in the book- like all details concerning helm hammerhand as well as all is known about the palantiri and the hoards of easterlings that invaded gondor and nearly brought it to its knees as well as virtually all that is known about the istari and sauron.
This book has great detail(so much so that even christopher tolkien recommends it) but I found its only shortcoming was that it hardly had many details about genealogical tables which I had wanted to know about and huge gaps were found in several places in that way.
But other than that I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in middle earth with a guarantee that they will be pouring over it for hours.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The book has a well thought out design in a dictionary form. You find information on every character, every place, and every thing. There is a section on how to read the sources and abbreviations in the book. There are appendixes with A Chronology of the First Age, Genealogical Tables, and Conversion of page references to Houghton Mifflin Editions.
Some may think this guide is geared towards those that already have a basic knowledge of Middle earth. But upon exam one finds it is like any other dictionary those with a large vocabulary may need an occasional glance; while others may have to look up the words that explain the words.
I find it indispensable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I had good expectations regarding this book but when it got delivered it surpassed those in an instant. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrei
4.0 out of 5 stars Ted Nasmith illustrates Professor Foster's magisterial encyclopaedia
I imagine that there must be quite a few Tolkien geeks who've dreamt of compiling an encyclopaedia of Middle-earth. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and excellent
This is a comprehensive and excellent guide suitable for anyone who is interested in the tales of Middle-earth but who, like me, has difficulty remembering every name or... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent buy
Brought for my 15yr old son at xmas, at first thought it might be to detailed for him, but no he absolutely loves it, really good buy and efficient service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about Middle-Earth
Almost certainly the most comprehensive guide to Tolkien's world - but it's arranged as a glossary rather than a narrative description. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr David R Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
If you like Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, this is a fantastic book, a must have, with plenty of information, without being "boring", and also very interesting for young... Read more
Published on 3 May 2011 by RoMac
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Guide to Middle Earth
A fantastic book!! No-one who is planning to read "Lord of the Rings" or "The Hobbit" should contemplate starting without a copy of "Middle Earth" at hand. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2009 by John Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about Middle Earth
The book has a well thought out design in a dictionary form. You find information on every character, every place, and every thing. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
This is has to be one of the best compainiun (sp?) To the works of Tolkien. The slight hitch is that it was relised after Unfinished Tale and History of Middle Earth seris, so... Read more
Published on 25 May 2004 by Ms. C. Holt
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