The Complete Tolkien Companion

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For all those who journey to Middle Earth, here is the complete guide to its lands, legends, histories, languages, and people. The  Complete Tolkien Companion explains, translates, and links every single reference—names, dates, places, facts, famous weapons, even food and drink—to be found in J. R. R. Tolkien's world, which includes not only The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but also The Simarillion and many other posthumously published works. A detailed explanation of ...

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Overview

For all those who journey to Middle Earth, here is the complete guide to its lands, legends, histories, languages, and people. The  Complete Tolkien Companion explains, translates, and links every single reference—names, dates, places, facts, famous weapons, even food and drink—to be found in J. R. R. Tolkien's world, which includes not only The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but also The Simarillion and many other posthumously published works. A detailed explanation of the various Elvish writing systems, together with maps, charts, and genealogical tables, bring the remarkable genius of Tolkien and the unforgettable world and wonder of Middle Earth to life with focus and accuracy. First published in 1976, this is an indispensable accompaniment for anyone who embarks on the reading journey of a lifetime.

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The Complete Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Tyler offers a 712-page A-to-Z guide to Middle-earth minutiae. First published in 1976, it has, no doubt, been saddening countless parents ever since who wish their teenagers pored over their SAT study guides with the same demented fervor.” —USA Today

"If you're a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, this is a great reference book, as it has entries that will probably jog the memories of even the most ardent adherent....This one has it all." —The Kansas City Star

"A treasure of arcane information that will be helpful to the casual reader...as well as to the newly minted Niddle Earth fanatic who wants to learn everything as soon as possible." —South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Complete Tolkien Companion is an excellent, proper accounting of the diversity of life in Middle-earth. I found the no-nonsense compilation (with minimal illustrations) refreshingly useful, as it concentrates on being more of a research book for invested Tolkien lovers rather than being a fancifully-illustrated coffee table version.” —Forbes.com

"Essential for a new generation of readers to fully enjoy Tolkien's version in a new century...an invaluable aid to a better understanding of Middle Earth and deserves a place on theshelf right next to The Hobbit." —Baryon Magazine

"A resource that will bring further enjoyment to those already familiar with [The Lord of the Rings] and its associated works...A wonderful achievement for Tyler, and will make a welcom addition to the library of anyone who has come to consider Frodo and the lot as de facto members of the family." —Scifidimensions.com

"A detailed and sweeping compendium, this book is a valuable reference to have handy when reading, re-reading, and re-re-reading Tolkien's work." —SFRevu

 

Publishers Weekly
Just in time for the release of the third Lord of the Rings film comes J.E.A. Tyler's The Complete Tolkien Companion, the third, updated edition of the definitive guide to Middle-earth first published in 1976. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
If you've tried to wade through The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit but find the names, places, languages, or histories a bit daunting, then this book may be just what you need. Originally issued in 1976 and now completely revised, Tyler's work explains, translates, and links every reference in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and other stories Tolkien wrote. Tyler has chased down everything from names and dates to weapons, food, and drink. You can find a four-page explanation of Ringwraiths and a complete history of Gollum. You can read a history of the great kings of Middle-earth and explanations of various Elvish writing systems and see maps, charts, and genealogical tables, all of which serve to make reading Tolkien a much richer experience. Tolkien experts and new readers will find this alphabetically arranged companion a valuable guide through the rich world of Middle-earth. Recommended for all collections.-Ron Ratliff, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Seattle Times
"One of the newer reference volumes that attempts to explain Tolkien's densely imaginative world."
Kansas City Star
"If you're a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, this is a great reference book, as it has entries that will probably jog the memories of even the most ardent adherent... this one has it all."
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A treasure of arcane information that will be helpful to the casual reader... as well as to the newly minted Middle-earth fanatic who wants to learn everything as soon as possible."
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)
"Excellent"
TheTrades
"There's nothing you can't find in Tyler's tome of Middle Earth knowledge... indispensable... a sine qua non for new and experienced Tolkien readers alike."
Fantastica Daily
"This book will help you, even as it gives you a chance to read about and delight in correlations between things that you never realized, or small, assorted facts that you glanced past."
SFRevu
"A detailed and sweeping compendium, this book is a valuable reference to have handy when reading, re-reading, and re-re-reading Tolkien's work."
Baryon Magazine
"Essential for a new generation of readers to fully enjoy Tolkien's version in a new century... an invaluable aid to a better understanding of Middle Earth and deserves a place on the shelf right next to The Hobbit."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250023551
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 334,207
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

An author and journalist J.E.A. TYLER (1943-2006) specialized in music, historical biography, archeology, and anthropology. His other books include The Beatles: An Illustrated Record and I Hate Rock and Roll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2004

    Pretty Good

    This was much better than Tyler's previous book, but the reference part of it is not quite on the same platform as Foster's work. If you can afford it, it's definitely worth the money, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2003

    BEST LOTR Companion book!

    This is the best book you'll ever be able to find that tells you virtually everything u need to know about LOTR and Tolkien. I've been taking spanish for 4 yrs and i've been teaching myself elvish from this book for 2 yrs and i already know elvish better than spanish! I also really really love the maps that tolkien made (can be found in this book). If i ever come a across a place or something that i've never heard of, i can look at these maps and go, 'oh yeah...' They also help me make better sense of some stuff that's hard to understand (geographicly).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2004

    Not the best available

    I have one word which sums up this entire book 'dissappointment'. Ok, maybe not entirely worthless but to any self-respecting Tolkien fan this companion would have to be the least helpful of those available. Not only did I find information hard to find (characters etc were listed by their most 'common name' thus if you were looking for a particular name which was less used, its highly likely that you won't find it which can get very frustrating. Also I couldn't help feeling that the Tyler seems to get his/her wires crossed alot, mixing what is 'fact' and what is 'fiction' mixed around. Also the major dissappointment I found with this 'complete' Tolkien companion, is that its not 'complete'. Lesser characters, places, events etc seem to have been 'lost' or 'omitted'. At the expensive of this 'lesser' characters etc Tyler seems to have spent all the energy instead on elaborating more on the 'major' characters which I personally found annoying as no doubt many people want to buy a companion to help them understand alittle bit more on 'lesser' characters which they come across in books. You wouldn't buy half a dictionary so why settle for half a 'companion'. I also found it quite shifty of Tyler 'hiding' the references and sources at the back of the book.However on a high note I did find the front cover design, I must say the best looking of the companions on the market. If only the inside was as good as the outside. I suggest if your serious about getting a companion, 'The Complete Guide to Middle Earth' by Robert Foster is 1st Rate and easier on the hip pocket too!

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