David Day is the author of six major books on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, including , The A to Z of Tolkien, Tolkien's Ring, The Hobbit Companion, and Random House Value Publishing's A Tolkien Bestiary. Together with Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, these books have been translated into 16 languages, and have sold in excess of one million copies. A Canadian living in Great Britain, Day has also published over thirty books of mythology, history, fantasy, fiction, and poetry, for both adults and children.
The World of Tolkienby David Day
The Lord of the Rings is commonly regarded as a work of fantasy. Yet Tolkien himself saw his work as a body of myth with an inherent veracity at its core, not an invention, but a recovered truth. In the Middle-earth of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien created not an imaginary world, but an/i>/i>
Go on a fascinating journey through the history of Middle-earth!
The Lord of the Rings is commonly regarded as a work of fantasy. Yet Tolkien himself saw his work as a body of myth with an inherent veracity at its core, not an invention, but a recovered truth. In the Middle-earth of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien created not an imaginary world, but an imaginary history of our own world.
THE WORLD OF TOLKIEN draws out the analogies within The Lord of the Rings that render this epic a timeless mythology for the modern age. Here is the most comprehensive guide to uncovering the "real-world" inspiration behind the gods and demigods, races of men, elves and dwarves, wizards and hobbits, creatures and monsters, cities, geography, battles, and major events in the history of Middle-earth. Essential reading for Tolkien enthusiasts of all generations.
Stunningly illustrated with 65 color and 35 black and white illustrations.
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David Day started with a great concept. In The World Of Tolkien he attempts to outline some of Tolkien's influences. This could have been an admirable work if he had actually paid attention to Tolkien's works. In the first few sections that I read there were so many mistakes that I had to finally put the book down. Not only does he miss several important links between Tolkien's world and the Norse myths, he even gets several plot points from the Silmarillion wrong. There are some interesting pictures in the book, but I think the book would have been far more interesting had the author or the editor paid serious attention to their material.