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The World of Tolkien

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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 o
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 16th 2004 by Gramercy (first published 2003)
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Beau Johnston
Apr 05, 2014 Beau Johnston rated it really liked it
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This is basically an updated version of A Tolkien Bestiary. I was given this book as a present by a friend, because she knew I was a fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

For all intents and purposes, they are the same book (a great reference guide to all the creatures Tolkien writes about in his stories, and the different folklore that inspired him). But I much prefer the artwork in this book.
Apr 30, 2013 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Tolkien fan’s must-have, indispensable guide to Middle-Earth and the Lord of the Rings

This comprehensive, exquisitely detailed book contains mythological sources connected to JRR Tolkien’s epic creation “the Lord of the Rings”. Covering the history of Middle-Earth’s creation spanning over many ages, literary inspiration and sources, linguistic references and other fascinating facts this is a classic compendium. Included are all the main creatures, peoples, places and events in Middle-Earth th
Sep 01, 2013 Elfscribe rated it it was ok
In this book David Day explores myths and historical background that may have influenced places, peoples, characters, and the stories in the Lord of the Rings. There was a lot of interesting information organized like an encyclopedia under topics like "Snow White and the Mirror of Galadriel" or "Troll Tribes." I also enjoyed being reminded of the wide range of myths and stories that seem to have contributed elements to the story. (Just as in any myth or fairy tales that borrow from the array of ...more
Henrique Medina
Feb 21, 2014 Henrique Medina rated it it was amazing
David Day nos lleva a los orígenes del Señor de los Anillos, sus fuentes en varias leyendas nórdicas como el mito de Erendil y otros elementos de la literatura nórdica, el origen de las lenguas habladas por los personajes y aquí cabe destacar que Tolkien utilizó al señor de los anillos como herramienta pedagógica para interesar a sus alumnos de filología de la lengua inglesa en las distintas raices y orígenes del inglés moderno.

Un buen libro de consulta para todos aquellos interesados en el orig
Katarina Blažić
Mar 09, 2015 Katarina Blažić rated it really liked it
The World of Tolkien is a great reference book to the world of Middle-earth and a guide to all the myths, legends and historical figures and events that (somewhat) inspired J.R.R. Tolkien.

Since I previously read Day's A Tolkien Bestiary, Humphrey Carpenter's J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography as well as other books that deal with Tolkien's work, I was familiar with most of the information here. However, there were some false and/or inaccurate claims (for example, Sigurd and Brynhildr's relationship
Mar 03, 2016 Jacob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dislikes: Pretty much everything. There's nothing in here you couldn't find elsewhere, and the "new" information is largely unsourced claims about Tolkien's influences. C'mon. If you're going to tell me he was influenced by the Norse legends, I'll buy it, but I already knew that. If you're going to tell me he was influenced by the Tibetans and Native Americans, I'm going to need some backup on that. There's better artwork elsewhere, too.
Richard Martin
Mar 12, 2016 Richard Martin rated it really liked it
I can't really add to what "Book Description" says. A couple of irksome problems. 1. Tends to be repiticious. That may be a fault of the format. Day, however, tends to point those out. 2. There were many grammatical and publication issues....words missing, double wording, typo issues, among others. The author is British so be prepared for British terms, spelling and grammatical styles. On the positive side, the illustrations are marvelous. It would interesting if some publisher would include the ...more
Amr Rashad
Sep 24, 2015 Amr Rashad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One amazing book that shows the level of Tolkien's Epicness. He molded the world, history, myths, legends, heroes, and villains into one gigantic, prehistoric, tale of Good vs Evil.
May 09, 2014 Kayla rated it really liked it
It's cool seeing where Tolkien got his ideas and the connections he made with mythology and history.
Oct 24, 2009 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Day (b. 14 October 1947 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a Canadian author of over forty books: poetry, natural history, ecology, mythology, fantasy, and children's literature. Internationally he is most notably known for his literary criticism on J. R. R. Tolkien and his works.

After finishing high school in Victoria, British Columbia, Day worked as a logger for five years on Vancouver Isla
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