- 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,183,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia Paperback – 25 Nov 1993
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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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I strongly recommend getting a real reference work instead of this. Robert Foster's The Complete Guide to Middle-earth: The Definitive Companion to the World of J.R.R. Tolkien is probably the best guide to Middle-earth itself. If you want a reference that's more about Tolkien as a writer and literary figure, then you should definitely get the meticulously researched J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Volume 2: Reader's Guide by Scull and Hammond (the encyclopaedia is the second volume in a set; the first volume is a detailed chronology of Tolkien's life). There's also the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment edited by Michael Drout, which is set to be released in a more affordable paperback edition later this month (June 2013). Drout's Encyclopaedia has some problems, and not all the articles are as good as they could be, but it's worlds better than Day's.
But whatever you go for, don't buy this book, or any of Day's other Tolkien books (many of which have the same content, released under different titles). Really, don't.
Not essential, by any means, but nice to have regardless.
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A preasent for a friend so did not read for myself. but what I have seen makes it appear to be worth having so mifgr get my self on later on.Published 11 months ago by Rachel Penfold