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The Complete Tolkien Companion

J. E. A. Tyler

St. Martin's Griffin

For all those who journey to J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, here is the complete guide to its lands, legends, histories, languages, and people. The Complete Tolkien Companion explains, translates, and links every single reference - names, dates, places, facts, famous weapons, even food and drink - to be found in Tolkien's world, which includes not only The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but also The Simarillion and many other posthumously published works. A detailed explanation of the various Elvish writing systems, together with maps, charts, and 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 easy reference, this is an indispensable accompaniment for anyone who embarks on the reading journey of a lifetime. First published in 1976, this edition has been fully revised and updated for a new century of Tolkien lovers.

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Praise for The Complete Tolkien Companion

"If you're a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, this is a great reference book, as it has entries that will probably jog the memories of even the most ardent adherent... this one has it all." - Kansas City Star

"One of the newer reference volumes that attempts to explain Tolkien's densely imaginative world."
-Seattle Times

"A treasure of arcane information that will be helpful to the casual reader... as well as to the newly minted Middle-earth fanatic who wants to learn everything as soon as possible."
-South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Excellent" - Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

"There's nothing you can't find in Tyler's tome of Middle Earth knowledge... indispensable... a sine qua non for new and experienced Tolkien readers alike."
- TheTrades

"This book will help you, even as it gives you a chance to read about and delight in correlations between things that you never realized, or small, assorted facts that you glanced past."
- Fantastica Daily

"A resource that will bring further enjoyment to those already familiar with LotR and its associated works... a wonderful achievement for Tyler, and will make a welcome addition to the library of anyone who has come to consider Frodo and the lot as de facto members of the family."
-ScifiDimensions

"A detailed and sweeping compendium, this book is a valuable reference to have handy when reading, re-reading, and re-re-reading Tolkien's work."
-SFRevu

"Essential for a new generation of readers to fully enjoy Tolkien's version in a new century... an invaluable aid to a better understanding of Middle Earth and deserves a place on the shelf right next to The Hobbit."
- Baryon Magazine

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • J. E. A. Tyler

  • J.E.A. Tyler is an author and journalist specializing in music, historical biography, archeology, and anthropology. His other books include The Beatles: An Illustrated Record (1974) and I Hate Rock and Roll (1983). He lives in Sussex, England.
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J. E. A. Tyler

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