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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a LOTR obsessive!
I bought this book because, as mentioned above, I love the Lord of The Rings and everything to do with it. I am a writer myself, and although I do not write in this genre, it is interesting to read the kinds of things that inspired Tolkien's characters, races and places.
I found this a very useful book, full of facts and things that I would never have dreamt that...
Published on 15 Mar 2004 by Lucy Felthouse

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3.0 out of 5 stars Magical worlds
David Colbert is best-known for his "Magical Worlds of Harry Potter," a relatively matter-of-fact background guide. Now Colbert produces "The Magical Worlds of Lord of the Rings," with its insights into the literature, legend, and religion behind "Lord of the Rings.
Colbert does a fairly good job of giving us insights into the myths (Norse...
Published on 1 April 2006 by E. A Solinas


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Magical worlds, 1 April 2006
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Magical Worlds of the "Lord of the Rings": An Unauthorised Guide - A Treasury of Myths, Legends and Fascinating Facts (Paperback)
David Colbert is best-known for his "Magical Worlds of Harry Potter," a relatively matter-of-fact background guide. Now Colbert produces "The Magical Worlds of Lord of the Rings," with its insights into the literature, legend, and religion behind "Lord of the Rings.
Colbert does a fairly good job of giving us insights into the myths (Norse legends), literature ("Beowulf," the book "Babbitt," Shakespeare's influence on faeries and elves), religion (the source of Galadriel: Mary, mother of Jesus), and Tolkien's own opinions at the time (industrialization destroying the beautiful countryside where he grew up).
Colbert makes some rather obvious errors (usually linked with the "Silmarillion" rather than "Lord of the Rings"), but nothing too awful. Overall he does a pretty good job of addressing common questions like "How Many Languages Did Tolkien Invent?", "Who Was Tolkien's First Dark Lord?" or "How Did Orcs Get So Ugly?". He writes breezily and conversationally, as if addressing a bunch of listeners.
Does "Magical Worlds" stand above other Tolkien guides? Nah. It doesn't even stand up to some guides. It's a pretty good guide for entry-level fans, but long-time fans will already know much of this material, so they will probably not get much from Colbert's revelations.
However, fans who are new to Middle-Earth and who don't know a lot of the background will probably find this invaluable. If you have only seen the movies, or are only just tackling the books, this is a good place to start answering your questions.
"Magical Worlds of Lord of the Rings" is a pretty solid beginner's guide to "Lord of the Rings" and its background material. New to Middle-Earth? Then you may just find your answers here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A light touch on LOTR but a nice attempt, 25 Aug 2002
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This review is from: The Magical Worlds of the "Lord of the Rings": An Unauthorised Guide - A Treasury of Myths, Legends and Fascinating Facts (Paperback)
The book scratches the surface of here and there but I don't blame the author, the LOTR is much deeper than the Harry Potter series. The Middle Earth is actually not that "magical"; and unlike the Harry Potter series, there aren't too many Greek, Roman, Indian, British, Irish myths and folklores to talk about.
Nevertheless, this is a good resource to know a little more about the important literature (Beowulf) and Mr Tolkien's philosophy and beliefs that shaped the Middle Earth saga.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a LOTR obsessive!, 15 Mar 2004
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This review is from: The Magical Worlds of the "Lord of the Rings": An Unauthorised Guide - A Treasury of Myths, Legends and Fascinating Facts (Paperback)
I bought this book because, as mentioned above, I love the Lord of The Rings and everything to do with it. I am a writer myself, and although I do not write in this genre, it is interesting to read the kinds of things that inspired Tolkien's characters, races and places.
I found this a very useful book, full of facts and things that I would never have dreamt that linked in with Tolkien. The author of this book certainly seems to have done his homework and in result has produced a book that is very interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The magic of The Lord of the Rings brought to life...a chocolate box full of delights!, 28 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Magical Worlds of the "Lord of the Rings": An Unauthorised Guide - A Treasury of Myths, Legends and Fascinating Facts (Paperback)
Any aficionado of `The Lord of the Rings' films and the books by JRR Tolkien that inspired the fanaticism, will love this book by David Colbert who is the author of the bestselling `The magical worlds of Harry Potter'. The dazzling, spellbinding cover is what initially drew my attention towards this book that fascinated me with its intriguing blurb. Why are Tolkien's Elves tall? Which monster attacked Tolkien in real life? What legend inspired the creation of Gollum? These are but a few questions that you will find answers to, in this remarkable and intensely gripping book that readers enthralled by Middle-Earth will loose themselves within. In his masterpiece `The Lord of the Rings' JRR Tolkien drew upon a lifetime of knowledge and imaginative genius to create the fantastical and astonishing world of Middle-Earth, being a place that has captured the imagination and dreams of millions of readers. David Colbert explains the ideas, legends and chronicles behind Tolkien's world, delving back into the past and our history. From Dwarves to the Elves, the Arthurian Legends and Beowulf, this book explores many ancient myths and legends that inspired one of the greatest fantasy writers in literary history. This book will enlighten you on the ideas, events and experiences that sparked Tolkien's incredible imagination, which is not only overwhelming and awe-inspiring but which has turned our dreams into something tangible.

This irresistible book is a glorious tribute to the most amazing writer and to also the film adaptations of one of his most popular and widely recognized works. It is stacked with insights and is a treasure trove of information on the characters, people and places within one of the most enchanting and extraordinary worlds ever created. Complete with illustrations, index, bibliography and introduction this book is something that should be added to any Tolkien collection. Fanatics of the films I feel will appreciate this book perhaps slightly more so than the intransigent devotees of middle-earth's extensive history or the members of the Tolkien Society, but it does not do his work any discredit whatsoever but rather it merely skims the surface on part of his masterpiece. If you really want to know more about JRR Tolkien's creation then I would suggest delving into those books by Christopher Tolkien about its history, but if you are keen to know more about The Lord of the Rings in particular and the spectacular three films, then this is a book to read. There are many questions in this book that I have always wanted to ask, such as are the Undying Lands heaven? Or what is the true origin of the word Hobbit? David Colbert's writing style is truly engaging, drawing you into the page with his passion and enthusiasm on the subject that captures your mind instantly drawing you in like a spell.

If you love The Lord of the Rings and its author, and the three exceptional films based on his work then I would urge you to add `the magical worlds of the lord of the rings' to your book collection.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 10 Mar 2005
This review is from: The Magical Worlds of the "Lord of the Rings": An Unauthorised Guide - A Treasury of Myths, Legends and Fascinating Facts (Paperback)
This is a good book about the magical world of the Lord of the Rings. David Colbert makes a good try in discovering Middle-Earth, and he nearly succeeded. Buy this book and you won't regret it!
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