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- Publisher: Hueber Verlag Gmbh
- Language: English, German
- ISBN-10: 3190629269
- ISBN-13: 978-3190629268
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
The Magical Worlds of the Lord of the Rings: A Treasury of Myths, Legends and Fascinating Facts Perfect Paperback
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.