- 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 (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Complete Guide to Middle-earth Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 Oct 2003
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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.’
‘Mr Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth supplies, as I have found through frequent use, an admirable work of reference.’
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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'"
“Mr Robert Foster’s 'Complete Guide to Middle-earth 'supplies, as I have found through frequent use, an admirable work of reference.”
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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!
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is really worth the money. The illustrations are great and the content of the book contains everything you would ever want to know about middle earth. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David
The essential handbook for any tolkein lore you could need to know. Absolutely class!!Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had good expectations regarding this book but when it got delivered it surpassed those in an instant. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Andrei
I imagine that there must be quite a few Tolkien geeks who've dreamt of compiling an encyclopaedia of Middle-earth. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nat Whilk
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Erin B
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.Published on 3 Jan. 2014 by shayle barlow