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3.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight into a magical world which has gone down in history as nothing short of `epic', 10 May 2013
This review is from: Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings: A Guide to Middle Earth (Paperback)
Colin Duriez is the author of many books on Tolkien, such as `JRR Tolkien: the making of a legend' and `The Inklings handbook' with David Porter. Colin goes behind the myth and the magic to reveal the great mind behind Middle-Earth, and the abundance which exists in Tolkien's thought and imagination. As a devoted reader of JRR Tolkien's works; (from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to books written about him as a writer, master myth-maker and academic), I was equally enchanted by this book.

This absorbing guide is an essential read for all who have read `The Lord of the Rings' and who have been spellbound by the magical places, creatures and languages. Here, Colin Duriez deftly interweaves the history of his most popular work, the key themes, concepts and images in Tolkien's work; the people, and places in his life, and his other writings. At the very heart of this book is an indispensable A-Z of Middle-Earth, with detailed entries on beings, places, things and events. This is a welcome addition to any Tolkien reader's bookshelf, for it unquestionably highlights the genius in one man's creation thus making you want to re-read `the lord of the rings' again and again!

This is a companion guide, which similarly to David Day's Tolkien Encyclopedia (or Tolkien Bestiary), contains an insight into Middle-Earth in general.

"Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them?"
~ J R R Tolkien

"The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last...The great battle of our time."
~ J R R Tolkien

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