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The Rough Guide to the Lord of the Rings: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Middle-Earth

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This guide to the Lord of the Rings provides an entertaining and informative insight into the books, the films and their creator, J.R.R. Tolkien. It serves as an introduction to those who have seen the films but fear the books are for anoraks and is of sufficient depth for devoted Tolkienites. It tracks the evolution of the Lord of the Rings phenomenon from Ronald Tolkien' ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 17th 2003 by Rough Guides Limited
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K.D. Absolutely
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: essays, guide
When the three movies included in the The Lord of the Rings were successively shown in 2001, 2002 and 2003, I watched them all. Prior to the showing of The Fellowship of the Ring, I even bought the book and tried reading it. I could not get past 10 pages. I did not know what the book was taking about: the Middle-Earth, the 12 rings, then there is one who a hobbit gets from a slinky creature, then when the hobbit puts it on, he disappears, then the ring is desired by all people because it can mak ...more
Charity U
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book! It was packed with information on the books and the movies. It came out between the second and third movies, so the movie information isn't as complete as it could be. It includes movie statistics (about swords, eggs, chain mail, etc), an index of characters, a bunch of locations, a guide to the available books by and about Tolkien and LOTR, and more. Small but full! Includes a bunch of black and white movie stills as well -- delightful.
Nicole Pramik
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
(Just to note, this book was published after the cinematic release of The Two Towers but before The Return of the King, so its information, at least as far as the films are concerned, is incomplete.)

Being the Tolkien/TLOTR junkie that I am, I snatched up this (literally) little book on impulse. As a whole, it's a nice, pocket-sized overview of Tolkien's biography, his work on The Lord of the Rings, and his influences as well as a guide to the novel's major characters, beings, and Middle-Earth it
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Rae
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great little book for lovers of Lord of the Rings. It is particularly useful if you have never read the books and are only familiar with the movies. I read the books 10 years ago, and I love the movies, but I was not familiar with Tolkien's life at all, so I enjoyed learning about him. It's a shame that it was released before the third movie came out but overall I think it's a fun little book. I also really liked the paper that it is printed on, and it's handy compact size. Perfect for ...more
Cait
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Was expecting this to be a quick and light little read but it was very detailed.

Some bits were repetitive (how many pounds Sean Astin had to put on for the role, it's thirty in case you missed it).

Most photos didn't add much, the other ones of places Tolkien lived were good though.

Liked that it included mundane topics like music and merchandise but also discussed serious aspects like religion and politics.
Andy
May 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great read for any LOTR or Tolkien fan. The author does a great job of describing the fantasy aspects and creates an overall warm feeling towards Tolkien.

A short, enjoyable read. I picked this on up at Half-Price Books for $1.50 :)
Nikki
Interesting, but I'd say this is more aimed toward the fandom newcomer, I already knew most of the information included in this book. Some parts are also not very interesting at all, most notably the 'The Locations' part.
Kurt Zisa
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great bathroom read for all things Tolkien and Lord of the Rings. Very comprehensive for such a small portable edition.
Sarah
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: films, non-fiction
I love this little pocket guide to middleearth. Letting you know a lot more than you would normally do.
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