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Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia Paperback – 25 Nov 1993


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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; New edition edition (25 Nov 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857323467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857323467
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.8 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Day is the author of A Tolkien Bestiary which has sold more than 350,000 copies in nine languages since publication. He has published more than 20 other books in the fields of poetry, ecology, natural history, fantasy and mythology, and a number of award-winning children's books. His lavishly illustrated book on myth and fantasy lore, Castles, includes tales of the castles of Middle Earth.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Elliott on 3 Feb 2003
Format: Paperback
David Day has created an excellent and entertaining resource for fans of Middle Earth with this well-produced encyclopedia. It is not, as the title misleadingly declares, a TOLKIEN encycopedia, as such - after all, it only covers Tolkien's Middle Earth creation and does not touch upon his other (less well known)works aside from a brief bibliography at the beginning - but this slight nitpick aside, I wholehearedly recommend this book as a quality 'Middle Earth encyclopedia'. It has rich detail, is very user-friendly and although the illustations were not all to my liking (I found some to be a little sketchy or child-like. I would have preferred Alan Lee illustrations) the overall immpression is very favourable. This will sit nicely on your bookshelf among your Tolkien collection and will be invaluable when reading 'The Silmarillion', 'Unfinished Tales' or 'The History of Middle Earth' series as a reference. In short, you can buy this book with confidence if you are looking for a quality encyclopedia of Tolkien's 'Middle earth' - The Valar, Balrogs, Gandalf, Hobbits, Morgoth - all here at your fingertips in one handy, well produced volume.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By red valerian on 14 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an attractive volume and there's a lot of information packed into it, but sadly there's also some very sloppy writing and laughable errors, such as that which marries Elrond off to Celeborn! The illustrations are also pretty dire in places, but it's still probably worth space on the Tolkien shelf.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2002
Format: Paperback
Tolkien: The Illustrated Encylopaedia, to give it it's proper name, is a fairly watertight guide to the mythos. The text cannot be faulted for accuracy (most of the time it quotes directly from Tolkien, in other places it paraphrases him) and covers everything, but beware of the frequent typos. The art seems to have been thrown in at the eleventh hour and the quality varies wildly, most of the paintings being lazy and amateurish, but fortunately there's a great slew of sinister, stuning inkwork by the fantastic Ian Miller, the world's least-renowned and most underrated fantasy artist.
Not essential, by any means, but nice to have regardless.
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