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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
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 16th 2004 by Gramercy (first published 2003)
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Beau Johnston
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.
Lucinda
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
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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
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
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Kayla
It's cool seeing where Tolkien got his ideas and the connections he made with mythology and history.
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I enjoy David Day's books. I've read this one in a while and don't remember how good it was, really...
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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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