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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concordance to Tolkien’s work, 2 Mar. 2003
This review is from: The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth: From the Hobbit Through the Lord of the Rings and Beyond (Paperback)
This detailed guide was compiled to assist readers of The Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion by placing historical events, characters and places in the context of Tolkien’s vast cosmology. As such it is an indispensable concordance for the serious fan of Tolkien’s world. The history of Middle Earth and Aman was woven together with great attention to detail so that all the stories fit together in perfect cohesion. The main body of the work has alphabetical entries from “Abyss” to “Zirak-Zigil”, while Appendix A is a chronology of the First Age from the creation of Eä to the birth of Elrond and Elros, and Appendix B contains genealogical tables like that of the first house of the Edain, the lines of Isildur and Anarion, the descent of the Peredhil, the house of Hurin and the Rohirrim. Many of the Elvish entries have translations of their meaning, e.g. Aragorn = “Royal Tree”. The treatment of languages, like variations and different shades of meaning, is quite detailed and interesting. Important races, places and characters have extensive commentary devoted to them but there are also many single line entries. This comprehensive reference work makes one appreciate Tolkien’s achievement all the more. I recommend it to all who are seriously interested in his brilliant creation that has come to life again at the beginning of our third millennium with the release of the excellent Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy. I would also like to recommend David Day’s book “A Tolkien Bestiary” which contains maps, chronologies and wonderful illustrations. These two titles together are all you need to have a complete reference to Aman and Middle Earth.
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Initial post: 8 Oct 2010 22:34:51 BDT
Hill Walker says:
doesn't have enough gravitas for me although I still think it's a useful addition to the Tolkien commentary genre; agree re excellence of additional info in Appendix/chronologies/genealogies
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