The Tolkien Companion
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The Tolkien Companion

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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
Hardcover, 531 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Gramercy (first published 1976)
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Charity U
This book seems to be a great resource, and it’s obvious that someone put a lot of work and time into it. However, I got it hoping that it would prove a helpful companion to The Children of Hurin by Tolkien. I was disappointed to discover that it basically just had the names and locations used in Lord of the Rings and Hobbit. It, like The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth by Robert Foster, was in alphabetical order, with short (or occasionally several pages long) articles about people, places, and...more
If you've ever read Tolkein, and yet don't consider yourself the Middle Earth version of a "trekkie," then like me, you've probably had difficulty telling Boromir from Faramir, or Balin from Dwalin. And where exactly is Rhovanton? Where the heck did the elves go after the war? How did Smeagol become that disgusting little freak Gollum? [return]If you have ever had issues keeping any of this information together in your head while reading Tolkein, I highly advise keeping the Tolkein Companion nea...more
An encyclopedia of Tolkien's middle earth, excellent reference source
This is a wonderful encyclopedia of Middle Earth and gives great insight to some of the older and more obscure bits of trivia. The maps aren't the best, but the guide to Elvish writing is good. I'll be reading through this one over and over again just for pleasure.
I very cool dictionary/encyclopedia of the Tolkien fantasy world. Very interesting to see all the facts laid out that you might not think of in certain ways.
Good dictionary covering the Tolkien world. Not for reading cover to cover as we attempted.
Not a book to read cover to cover, but a companion when you're reading Tolkien's book.
Robert Morganbesser
I'll put it simply. The best Tolkien reference book ever written.
Great Reference book for the Lord of the Rings fan.
Indispensable for the Tolkien student!
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