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Top scholars—and librarians—Scull and Hammond present an exhaustive record of Tolkien's life and work in this magnificent two-volume set. The Chronology finely details Tollers' life from his first day to last (1892–1973) and "includes events from the wider history of the world" as reference points. Listings range from brief factoids concerning the events of single dates to longer, more general passages about his educational studies, army life, etc., drawn from school records, war service files, personal correspondence, and other primary sources. The Reader's Guidecovers his own works as well as influential writings, criticism, publication histories, and analysis, along with an overview of the Silmarillion mythology, and much more. Each volume also sports a lengthy bibliography and index. Bottom LineThough it deals with hobbits and elves, Tolkien's writing is far from simplistic, and the literary and historic influences that shaped his fiction are vast. And while Tolkien scholarship has expanded, especially in recent years, this scholarly yet accessible duo will fill the gap between lightweight, pop biographical material and the indecipherable "by scholars for scholars" type studies. The price, alas, is a bit stiff for many publics, but academic institutions certainly should purchase. For scholars and lay readers alike, this set is as rich as the mines of Moria. Highly recommended.
—Mike Rogers,Library Journal/LJX