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The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
by Robert Foster
Edition: Paperback

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very detailed and accessible read, 25 May 2004
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.


The Atlas of Tolkien's Middle-Earth
The Atlas of Tolkien's Middle-Earth
by Karen Wynn Fonstad
Edition: Paperback

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolutey amazing read!!!, 12 Feb 2004
An absolutely amazing read for anyone even remotely interested in middle earth.
It provides such enormous detail about so many places mentioned in the lord of the rings, the hobbit and the sillmarillion like Bag End, Minas Tirith, Beorn's House, Thranduil's Halls, Lothlorien and Cirith Ungol as well as lands in the east and south only mentioned in the ambarkanta, painting a wonderfully vivid picture of the lands envisaged by tolkien from only mere sketches or long drawn out passages.
Anyone producing even a nithe of Karan Wynn Fonstad's work is truly worth acknowledging. Even a glance through this book will have you pouring over it for hours!!!


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