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Between 1932 and 1953, Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, of Oxford, England, translated four volumes compiled by the renowned Hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, written during the Third Age of Middle Earth, far longer ago than the Celtic, Germanic and Icelandic manuscripts Professor Tolkien was used to deciphering. The result was
The Hobbit, and readers have never been
the same since.
        In 1954, seventeen years after The Hobbit first appeared, its sequel, The Lord of the Rings was published, and it became the centerpiece of Tolkien's work. The Ring Epic covers approximately ten thousand years, and contains a vast amount of information as well as a huge variety of words and names which Tolkien translated from the Elvish and Mannish tongues. THE TOLKIEN COMPANION is an impressive endeavor to guide one through the world of Middle Earth, compiling every fact, name, word, and date from all the works into one comprehensive and accessible volume.
        Here, in one source, is the High History of the Elven peoples. The origins of Morgoth the Enemy is clarified, as is his Fall, and the subsequent rise to power of Sauron the Great, Lord of the Rings. The heroic epic of how the Free Peoples--Elves, Men, Ents, Dwarves, and Hobbits--survived against the Peril of the Ancient World is meticulously detailed. And a guide to the various Elvish writing systems, together with explanatory maps, charts, even genealogical tables, bring the remarkable genius of Tolkien and the unforgettable world and wonder of Middle Earth to life with focus and accuracy. Presented in alphabetical order for quick and easyreference, THE TOLKIEN COMPANION is an indispensable accompaniment for anyone who embarks on the reading journey of a lifetime.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380009015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1977

Meet the Author

J. E. A. Tyler is an author and journalist specializing in music, historical biography, and archaeology and anthropology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    The Tolkien Companion....

    This is the best Lord of the Rings guidebook I have seen! From the Farmer Maggot to Sauron it has descriptions/storylines/information about everything Lord of the Rings. It even has translation from the Elvish in the book. The Tengwar is provided as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    Great reference book

    My copy of the Companion is very well-used. It is a comprehensive encyclopedia of Tolkien's work, and is cross-referenced and also gives book and page listings in Tolkien's writings. I recommend this volume very highly to anyone who takes Middle-Earth seriously, and also to those who are just beginning their journey through Middle-Earth. I love it! Be sure to get it in hardcover!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    Great!

    Nice book if you are looking for complete stories of individual characters and other things

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