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Not the Guide I was hoping for
on 22 July 2017
This wasn't what I expected, which is probably my own fault for not investigating it fully. I thought it was a complete guide, was detailed information about each item, word, location, name etc from the all the books.
In fact, what it is, is an index for the books - and relies heavily on the reader having the correct edition of the books. So, for example, looking up "Araw" the entry reads: "(S.) Qrome (q.v). (III 29, 395, '93 ed. 28, 357; '01 ed. 13, 348)"
You then have to check if you have the 1993 printing of LOTR Book 3, or the 2001 printing. If you do have one of these 2 versions, you can then go to the chapter and page mentioned and find what the reference means.
If you don't have those editions, chances are you won't find the reference and will be left feeling frustrated.
I have another book titled "A guide to Tolkien : A-Z" which instead gives you a paragraph of text about the entry. I expected this Complete Guide to be a better more detailed version of the A-Z, so was left disappointed.
Of course, if you are a Tolkien scholar and looking for a detailed index to the world then I am sure you will love this book, but if you are a more casual learner of the Tolkien universe you may find it hard going, and would find better guides out there.