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Shown Left Top: Rough Guide to Lord of the Rings: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Middle-Earth
Softcover
2004
This new Rough Guide to Lord of the Rings is a key to everything Middle-earth: a must read for Tolkien enthusiasts and a revelation for audiences of Peter Jackson's motion picture trilogy. Features include; Origins: Story of JRR Tolkien and how that story led him to create the finest fantasy novel of last century. Books: A Critical, informed guide to Tolkien's work, mythology which inspired him and a look at how this book has influenced Terry Pratchett, Marc Bolan and George Lucas. Motion Picture Trilogy: An in-depth look at making of the films, crucial casting decisions, on-set trivia, books' journey through Hollywood development hell and thoughts of director Peter Jackson and star Christopher Lee. Characters: Your definitive guide to the populace of Middle-earth. And a guide to all intricacies of Elvish. Context: How Tolkien's Lord of the Rings inspired computer games, Russian politics, environmental campaigners and even progressive rock.

Shown Left Bottom: A Tolkien Compass
Author: Jared Lodbell
ISBN: 0875483038
Paperback
11/1/2002

 

Complete Guide to Middle-Earth Complete Guide to Middle-Earth: Tolkien's World from A to Z
Author: Robert Foster.
September 1982
Random House Publishing Group
Mass Market Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780345309747
ISBN: 034530974X
For the millions who have already ventured to Middle-earth, and for the countless others who have yet to embark on the journey–here is the one indispensable A-to-Z guide that brings Tolkien’s universe to life. EVERY CHARACTER: From Adaldrida Brandybuck to Zaragamba–every Hobbit, Elf, Dwarf, Man, Orc, or other resident of Middle-earth is vividly described and accurately located in proper place and time. EVERY PLACE: Colorfully detailed descriptions of geographical entries allow you to pick up the action anywhere in Middle-earth and follow it through all five volumes. EVERY THING: From stars and streams to food and flora, everything found in Middle-earth is alphabetically listed and, when necessary, cross-referenced. HERE IS TRULY A MASTER KEY TO TOLKIEN’S MIDDLE-EARTH

Complete Guide to Middle-Earth: Tolkien's World from A to Z
Identical Cover as Above
Author: Robert Foster.
Paperback, 569 pages
Del Rey; Revised edition
December 4, 2001
$20.00 US
ISBN-10: 0345449762
ISBN-13: 978-0345449764

Complete Guide to Middle-Earth Complete Guide to Middle-Earth: Tolkien's World from A to Z
Author: Robert Foster.
Hardcover, 592 pages
Del Rey
September 30, 2003
ISBN-10: 0345465296
ISBN-13: 978-0345465290
For the millions who have already ventured to Middle-earth, and for the countless others who have yet to embark on the journey–here is the one indispensable A-to-Z guide that brings Tolkien’s universe to life. EVERY CHARACTER: From Adaldrida Brandybuck to Zaragamba–every Hobbit, Elf, Dwarf, Man, Orc, or other resident of Middle-earth is vividly described and accurately located in proper place and time. EVERY PLACE: Colorfully detailed descriptions of geographical entries allow you to pick up the action anywhere in Middle-earth and follow it through all five volumes. EVERY THING: From stars and streams to food and flora, everything found in Middle-earth is alphabetically listed and, when necessary, cross-referenced. HERE IS TRULY A MASTER KEY TO TOLKIEN’S MIDDLE-EARTH

Guide to Middle-Earth A Guide to Middle-Earth
Author: Robert Foster
Hardcover
Mirage Press
1971

Science of Middle-Earth Science of Middle-Earth
Henry Gee, David Brin (Foreword by)
November 2004
Open Road Publishing
Paperback , 256pp
ISBN-13: 9781593600235
ISBN: 1593600232
Henry Gee, Senior editor for what many have called the most important magazine in science today - Nature - has written a spellbinding, fun, and accessible book explaining the scientific basis for how all that wizardy, sorcery, and magic really works in JRR Tolkien's fantasy epic, The Lord of the Rings and his other fictional books featuring Middle-earth. The author explores just how elves might be able to see much further than humans, why Frodo's sword turns blue at the sight of evil orcs, how the rings of power do their thing, and just about every other conundrum or piece of 'elvish magic' that have puzzled and delighted Tolkien fans for years. Throughout, Gee makes the point that science, fantasy , and nature are really more similar than one might think. Gee writes in a popular tone and style, fully explaining all science concepts and convincingly demonstrating how Tolkien's world of fantasy makes sense in a very real - scientific - way.

Keys Of Middle-Earth The Keys Of Middle-Earth
Stuart D. Lee, Elizabeth Solopova
March 2006
Palgrave Macmillan
Hardcover , 256pp, Paperback available in identical cover
ISBN-13: 9781403946720
ISBN: 1403946728
Introduces Old and Middle English Literature through Tolkein's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Keys Of Middle-Earth The Keys Of Middle-Earth
Stuart D. Lee, Elizabeth Solopova
February 16, 2006
Palgrave Macmillan
Paperback , 256pp, Paperback is identical cover
ISBN-13: 9781403946713
ISBN: 140394671X
The Keys of Middle-Earth introduces the reader to the world of medieval literature through the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien. Using key episodes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, readers are taken back to the works of Old, Middle English and Old Norse literature that so influenced Tolkien. The original texts are presented with helpful new translations to help the reader approach the medieval poems and tales, and introductory essays draw on recent scholarship and Tolkien's own unpublished notes.

Tolkien Compass Tolkien Compass
Jared Lodbell, Tom Shippey (Foreword by)
December 2002
Open Court Publishing Company
Paperback , 164pp
ISBN-13: 9780875483030
ISBN: 0875483038
This guide to travels in Middle-Earth includes an original chapter by Tolkien himself, explaining the meaning and origin of the names in Lord of the Rings. Can hobbits be psychoanalyzed? Does Tolkien’s Christianity shine through his imitations of pagan legends? Do his books offer a useful guide to everyday life? These and many more questions are addressed in the eleven chapters of this book. Contributors analyze Gollum’s character transformation, the psychological journey of Bilbo, the regime set up by Saruman at the end of Lord of the Rings and its parallels to fascism, the books’ narrative technique, and Tolkien’s rich use of myth and symbol. This is an insightful book that will appeal to both old and new Tolkien fans.

Tolkien Compass A Tolkien Compass
Author: Jared Lodbell
Paperback
Ballantine





Tolkien Compass A Tolkien Compass
Author: Jared Lodbell



Guide to Tolkien's Middle-Earth on the Big Screen The Lord of the Films: The Unofficial Guide to Tolkien's Middle-Earth on the Big Screen
J. W. Braun
September 2009
Ecw Press
Paperback , 176pp
ISBN-13: 9781550228908
ISBN: 1550228900
A unique scene-by-scene breakdown of all of the Lord of the Rings movies, this guide provides in-depth analysis of the live-action trilogy and other related films, alongside games, puzzles, and interviews with the filmmakers. Each scene is explored in four different ways: a closer look at the plot and the action, a look behind the scenes, a reveal of mistakes that slipped through, and audience reactions. In addition to covering the stunning Peter Jackson trilogy and other adaptions (including the animated adaptations), details are also revealed about the prequel films currently in production, making this an essential volume for any Lord of the Rings fan.

Guide to Tolkien A Guide to Tolkien
Author: David Day
Paperback
Chancellor Press
2002



Tolkien Companion Tolkien Companion
Author: J. E. A. Tyler
Paperback
Publisher: Picador
1977
1st Paperback Ed., thus



Tolkien Companion Tolkien Companion 
Author: J. E. A. Tyler
Paperback
Avon Publishing
1976


Tolkien Companion Tolkien Companion
Author: J.E.A. Tyler  Kevin Reilly (Illustrator)
Hardcover; 2000th edition, 544pp.
ISBN: 0517146487
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
September 1995
Between 1932 and 1953, Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, of Oxford, England, translated four volumes compiled by renowned Hobbits Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, written during a Third Age of Middle-Earth, far longer ago than Celtic, Germanic and Icelandic manuscripts Professor Tolkien was used to deciphering. Result was The Hobbit, and readers have never been the same since.
In 1954, seventeen years after The Hobbit first appeared, its sequel, Lord of the Rings was published, and it became a centerpiece of Tolkien's work. The Ring Epic covers approximately ten thousand years, and contains a vast amount of information as well as a huge variety of words and names which Tolkien translated from Elvish and Mannish tongues. TOLKIEN COMPANION is an impressive endeavor to guide one through Middle-Earth, compiling every fact, name, word, and date from all works into one comprehensive and accessible volume.
Here, in one source, is the High History of Elven peoples. Origins of Morgoth the Enemy is clarified, as is his Fall, and subsequent rise to power of Sauron the Great. The heroic epic of how Free Peoples—Elves, Men, Ents, Dwarves, and Hobbits—survived against the Peril of the Ancient World is meticulously detailed. And a guide to various Elvish writing systems, together with explanatory maps, charts, even genealogical tables, bring the remarkable genius of Tolkien and his unforgettable world and wonder of Middle-Earth to life with focus and accuracy. Presented in alphabetical order for quick and easy reference, TOLKIEN COMPANION is an indispensable accompaniment for anyone who embarks on reading a journey of a lifetime.

Complete Tolkien Companion Complete Tolkien Companion
J.E.A. Tyler, Kevin Reilly (Illustrator)
October 2004
St. Martin's Press
Paperback, 736pp
$22.00 US
Revised Edition
ISBN-13: 9780312339128
ISBN: 0312339127

The Hobbit Companion The Hobbit Companion
David Day, Lidia Postma (Illustrator)
September 2000
Sterling Publishing
Hardcover , 91pp
ISBN-13: 9780760721698
ISBN: 0760721696
In The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien spun a clever web of wordplay and verbal hocus-pocus. Inspired by these linguistic games, master "hobbit investigator" David Day untangles the crafty puns and riddles, hidden meanings, and mythical associations that lie beneath the saga's thrilling surface. More than just a delightful study of an author who deeply loved and understood the intricacies of the English language (Tolkien helped compile the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary), this magnificently illustrated companion charms with its own beauty and enhances our understanding of one of the world's great masterpieces. Starting with the word "hobbit" itself, this illuminating guide moves on to examine Bilbo Baggins, the Gollum and the goblins, hobbit heritage and history, Buckland and Brandy Hall, Gandalf, Shire Society, the Fellowship, and much more. Intriguing to the uninitiated and enchanting to the enthusiast, this sparkling companion enhances the enjoyment of Tolkien's dark, mysterious world.

Tolkien and Lord of the Rings Tolkien and Lord of the Rings: A Guide to Middle-Earth
Author: Colin Duriez
Paperback, 320pp.
Publisher: Hidden Spring
November 2001
ISBN: 1587680173
This absorbing guide to the mind behind Middle-earth will introduce or remind readers of vast abundances that exists in Tolkien's thought and imagination. Interweaving sections explore Rings and its history; key themes, concepts and images in Tolkien's work; people, and places in his life, and his other writings. At the heart of this book is an indispensable A-Z of Middle-earth, with detailed entries on Beings, Places, Things and Events.
Readers will also be introduced to Tolkien's deeply spiritual message, which was of great importance in his creation of Middle-earth. Central to Tolkien's fiction, as Colin Duriez points out, is creation of elves. These are representative of human spirituality and culture, and human spirituality itself has an Elven quality. Just like C. S. Lewis, his close friend, Tolkien was deeply inspired by a broad range of spiritual and philosophical imagery, like trees, angels, fall of humankind, power of healing, personification of wisdom, light and darkness, nature and grace, and metaphysical portrayal of heroism and evil.

Tolkien Illustrated Encyclopedia Tolkien: Illustrated Encyclopedia
Author: David Day
Paperback, 273pp.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Trade
October 2000
ISBN: 0684839792
First encyclopedic illustrated guide to Middle-Earth and the Undying Lands, this book brings together every important aspect of Tolkien's vast cosmology. More than five hundred alphabetical entries cover five major subject areas: history, geography, sociology, natural history and biography. Maps, genealogies and time-charts, together with illustrations of characters, places and events, reveal to the reader the full dramatic sweep and splendor of Tolkien's world.

Essential JRR Tolkien Sourcebook The Essential J. R. R. Tolkien Sourcebook: A Fan's Guide to Middle-Earth and Beyond
George Beahm
Paperback, 264 pages
New Page Books; illustrated edition
November 2003
$12.00
ISBN: 1564147029
ISBN-13: 978-1564147028
Breaking new ground, this is a must have for any Tolkien fan seeking to learn more about the reclusive professor from Oxford who reluctantly became a celebrity because of his "hobbit-forming" books. It is a comprehensive reference work long awaited by the millions of Tolkien fans throughout the world who have bought 100 million copies of his books, in more than 40 languages. This book will also be especially appealing to the millions of new fans-moviegoers-turned-readers-who have rushed from theaters to bookstores worldwide to seek more information about Tolkien and his work. Profusely illustrated, it features one hundred photographs and drawings from noted fantasy artist Colleen Doran, plus art portfolios by Tolkien calendar artist Tim Kirk, and cover artist Donato Giancola. Chock-full of sidebars, quotes, and short interviews, this guide to Middle-earth and beyond will be an indispensable addition to any Tolkien collection.

Tolkien Illustrated Encyclopedia Tolkien: Illustrated Encyclopedia
Author: David Day
Chancellor Press
2002


Tolkiens Middle-Earth For Dummies Origins of Tolkien's Middle-Earth For Dummies
Greg Harvey PhD, Alfred Siewers (Foreword by)
September 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Paperback , 338pp
ISBN-13: 9780764541865
ISBN: 0764541862
Demystifies key players, their relationships, and their motivations Understand the mythology, characters, and themes of Middle-earth Don’t know Gollum from Gandalf? This plain-English guide helps you make sense of the creatures, language, geography, and richly detailed history of the fascinating world of Middle-earth. From the Shire to Mount Doom, from the hobbits to the Ringwraiths, you’ll discover the varied sources and inspirations behind Tolkien’s stories and comprehend the meanings that lie beneath the surface.

Fellowship of the Ring Guide Fellowship of the Ring Guide
Author: Alison Sage
Paperback, 48pp.
ISBN: 0618195580
Houghton Mifflin
November 2001
J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy is a genuine masterpiece. The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told. Originally published in 1954, his trilogy set the framework upon which all epic/quest fantasy since has been built. Through urgings of a enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young Shire Hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring in Mordor. This ring -- created and then lost by Dark Lord Sauron, centuries earlier in heart of Mount Doom -- is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With all power of the ring once again his own, Sauron will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron's lair. The trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well.

Tolkien Tourism Tolkien Tourism
Lambert M. Surhone (Editor), Mariam T. Tennoe (Editor), Susan F. Henssonow (Editor)
Pub. Date: September 2010
Publisher: Betascript Publishing
Format: Paperback , 172pp
$63.00 US
ISBN-13: 9783639993882
ISBN: 3639993888

Lord of the Rings Locations Guidebook Lord of the Rings Locations Guidebook
Author: Ian Brodie
New Line
Sept 2004
Full of unique color photographs, Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook is a definitive guidebook to movie locations used in making of Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Author Ian Brodie, a devoted Tolkien fan and a friend of movie director Peter Jackson, skillfully weaves Elvish names, story references, and behind-the-scenes glimpses from cast and crew with strands of local history and Maori Mythology, making this a must-have guidebook to Middle-earth that was created in New Zealand.