on 28 March 2013
As I am reading through virtually all that Tolkein has written at the moment this book is a good reference to refer to. It is informative and easy to read. I suppose you could read it as a book on its own but really it is handy to have near by so that when you are reading a particular Tolkein book you have it there to look up a name or place. Tolkien can be very difficult to understand at times and help is needed. This is not the best book to do this job but it is good enough for most readers needs. I combine it with maps and atlas's (sad I know) and have been able to get much more out of the books I am reading. I would say it is worth investing in and certainly not expensive - worth the money.