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

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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), ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564147028
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/16/2003
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Day of His Death Was a Dark, Cold Day 13
Introduction 17
Chapter 1 Books by Tolkien 21
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again 21
The Lord of the Rings 24
The Silmarillion 31
The History of Middle-earth 34
Other books by J.R.R. Tolkien 35
Chapter 2 Books About Tolkien 41
Chapter 3 Visual Adaptations of The Lord of the Rings: The Film and Related Book Tie-In Products 59
DVDs 59
Books 66
The Official Lord of the Rings Fan Club 70
Chapter 4 Sound Advice: Audio Adaptations 71
Audio Adaptations 73
Musical Adaptations 75
Chapter 5 Printed Products 81
Stationery Goods 81
Posters 84
Lithographs and Photographs 87
Art Prints, Giclee Prints, and Original Art 87
Calendars 90
Chapter 6 The One Ring Replicas 93
Chapter 7 Licensed Movie-Related Collectibles 99
Decorative Items 99
Clothing and Apparel 100
Jewelry 101
Standups 102
Action Figures and Dolls 103
Board Games and Puzzles 106
Computer Software 106
Sideshow/Weta 107
Swords by United Cutlery 120
Stamps 125
Coins 126
Miscellaneous Collectibles 127
Chapter 8 Gaming and Miniatures 131
Chapter 9 The Noble Collection 145
Chapter 10 Smaug's Stash: Tolkien Treasures 151
Chapter 11 Visions of Middle-earth: Tolkien Art 167
Tolkien Artists: A Selective Overview 168
Interviews and Art by Select J.R.R. Tolkien Artists 175
Tim Kirk's Works 175
Colleen Doran: Drawn to Please 180
Steve Hickman: The Art of Imagination 184
Donato Giancola's Classical Art 188
Michael Whelan: The Master 194
Michael Kaluta: Flights of the Fantastic 199
Chapter 12 The Literary Landscape of Tolkien's World 203
Chapter 13 Tolkien Websites: The Road Goes Ever On 213
Chapter 14 The Essential J.R.R. Tolkien: My Personal Picks 225
Final Word: The Importance of Story 231
Appendix A Glass Onion Graphics 235
Appendix B The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: The Exhibition 237
Appendix C Tall Towers, Brave Kings, Wise Wizards, and Precious Rings: A Celebration of Fantasy Art 239
Appendix D Flights of Imagination 241
Appendix E Ted Nasmith, His Tolkien Art, and the Chalk Farm Gallery 243
Appendix F Tolkien, Licensing, and Copyrights...and Wrongs 247
About the Author and Illustrator 257
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    Excellent guide to the world of Tolkien

    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.

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