The Essential J.R.R. Tolkien Sourcebook: A Fan's Guide to Middle-Earth and Beyond

The Essential J.R.R. Tolkien Sourcebook: A Fan's Guide to Middle-Earth and Beyond

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by George Beahm, Colleen Doran
     
 
A comprehensive reference work long awaited by the millions of Tolkien fans throughout the world, this book will also appeal to the millions of new moviegoers-turned-readers who are rushing from theaters to bookstores to seek more information about Tolkien and his work.

The Essential J.R.R. Tolkien Sourcebook is profusely illustrated, featuring more than 100

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A comprehensive reference work long awaited by the millions of Tolkien fans throughout the world, this book will also appeal to the millions of new moviegoers-turned-readers who are rushing from theaters to bookstores to seek more information about Tolkien and his work.

The Essential J.R.R. Tolkien Sourcebook is profusely illustrated, featuring more than 100 photographs of Tolkien collectibles, art rendered especially for this book by Colleen Doran (creator of A Distant Soil), and illustrated interviews with major Tolkien artists, including Tim Kirk, Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, Steve Hickman, and Michael W. Kaluta. The only book of its kind, chock-full of sidebars, quotes, and short interviews, this illustrated guide to Middle-earth and beyond will be an indispensable addition to any Tolkien collection. Tolkien fans will find all they want to know in this comprehensive sourcebook -- just in time for the 50th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings trilogy in 2005.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564147028
Publisher:
Career Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/16/2003
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.75(d)

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Author George Beahm has set himself the task of providing a guide to the often bewildering array of books,encyclopedias, DVDs, audio recordings, artwork, collectibles and merchandising devoted to the marvellous world and creations of JRR Tolkien. This book covers all of these and more allowing the Tolkien fan - both old hand and novice alike - to make an informed choice between the items which are essential and those which are frivolous. Which edition of The Hobbit is best? Where can you buy a version of Lord of the Rings which is just an inch thick? What are the role-playing games like? What weapon replicas are available? The Essential Tolkien Sourcebook provides the answers. Don¿t think this is just a dry list of facts and figures: throughout Beahm brings his usual style and wit making for a very enjoyable read. The book is illustrated by Colleen Doran whose lush pencil style brings Tolkien¿s words to life. Beahm includes interviews with Doran and many of the other artists, such as Michael Whelan and Tim Kirk, who have interpreted the world of Middle Earth over the years. I found this book thoroughly absorbing and recommend it most highly to any Tolkien fan.