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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.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517223178
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/16/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Discovery of Middle-Earth 8
A World of Language
Time and Place in Middle-earth
Ages of Creation I Lords of Peace 20
Gods and Deities
Eagles and Emissaries
Ages of Creation II Lords of Chaos 28
Morgoth - The Dark Lord
Sauron - The Ring Lord
Balrogs - Regions of Flame
Great Spiders - Regions of Dark
Wolves and Vampires
Ages of Stars I Forces of Light 44
Lands of the Elves
Kingdoms of the Dwarves
Domain of the Ents
Ages of Stars II Forces of Darkness 74
Legions of Orcs
Troll Tribes
Dragon Broods and Hoards
Ages of Sun 92
Edain - Men of the First Age
Numenoreans - Men of the Second Age
Dunedain - Men of the Third Age
The War of the Ring I Mediators and Envoys 1100
Hobbits of the Shire
The Dominion of Wizards
The War of the Ring II Slaves of the Ring Lord 130
Ringwraiths and the Witch-king
Barrow-wights and Phantoms
Gollum and Ghouls
The War of the Ring III The Alliance of Free Men 148
Northmen of Rhovanion
Horsemen of Rohan
Men of Gondor
The Reunited Kingdom of the Dunedain
Selected further reading 180
Index 181
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    Perhaps Mr. Day Should Read Tolkien's Books

    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.

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