Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia

Tolkien The Illustrated Encyclopaedia The first encyclopedic illustrated guide to the world of Middle Earth and the Undying Lands this book brings together every important aspect of Tolkien s vast cosmology More than five hundred alphabe

  • Title: Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia
  • Author: David Day
  • ISBN: 9780684839790
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first encyclopedic illustrated guide to the world of Middle Earth and the Undying Lands, this book brings together every important aspect of Tolkien s vast cosmology More than five hundred alphabetical entries cover five major subject areas history, geography, sociology, natural history and biography The maps, genealogies and time charts, together with the illustraThe first encyclopedic illustrated guide to the world of Middle Earth and the Undying Lands, this book brings together every important aspect of Tolkien s vast cosmology More than five hundred alphabetical entries cover five major subject areas history, geography, sociology, natural history and biography The maps, genealogies and time charts, together with the illustrations of characters, places and events, reveal to the reader the full dramatic sweep and splendor of Tolkien s world.

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    1. David Day

      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 Island before graduating from the University of Victoria Subsequently he has travelled widely, most frequently to Greece and Britain.Day has published six books of poems for adults and ten illustrated children s books of fiction and poetry His non fiction books on natural history include The Doomsday Book of Animals, The Whale War, Eco Wars a Layman Guide to the Environmental Movement, Noah s Choice and most recently Never A Book of Hours Meditations on Extinction 2012 His Doomsday Book was a Time Magazine Book of the Year and became the basis for the 100 part animated short TV series Lost Animals of the 20th Century David Days best selling books on the life and works of JRR Tolkien include A Tolkien Bestiary, Tolkien the Illustrated Encyclopedia, Tolkien s Ring, The World of Tolkien and The Hobbit Companion.Day s Tolkien s Ring was illustrated by academy award winning artist Alan Lee, as was Castles, The Animals Within, Gothic and Quest For King Arthur.

    921 thoughts on “Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia”

    1. I always wanted to say that I had read an entire encyclopedia. Well, now I can say that I have. However, it is as much fun as I thought it would be. Luckily, this was a Tolkien-/Middle-earth-focused encyclopedia so the fun and interest factor were considerably higher than any other type of encyclopedia out there. I really enjoyed the first parts. This book really helped me to conceptualize and visualize the creation of Arda and Middle-earth, in particular, and to understand the changes in the wo [...]


    2. I'm a sucker for anything Tolkien, so an illustrated book about his work should have made me very happy. Not quite what I expected, but perhaps others might be more appreciative.The concept is decent, at least. Take all the incredible Tolkien mythmaking/storytelling and break it up into chapters on History, Geography, Sociology, Natural History, Biography. Like university courses. Add in some artwork and the cake has been baked. But there are simply too many errors (i.e Gondolin becomes Gondor i [...]


    3. A great reference book to have onside whilst reading The Silmarillion or The Lord Of the Rings. Tolkien did not just imagine characters and events, he created worlds, whole histories. Far too many names and events to remember hence why I'm glad I have this book to come back to.


    4. nwhytevejournal/1501389mlAs an encyclopedia of Middle-Earth it doesn't hold a candle to Foster's Complete Guide; odd things like mis-spellings of'Rivendell' on the second page, of Éothéod in the title of the relevant entry, etc; separate entries (just to pick the first of very many such examples that caught my eye) in the geographical section for Amon Amarth, Mount Doom and Orodruin despite them all being the same mountain (and not explaining what languages the first and third names are in); a [...]


    5. 1) Deutsche Rezension2) Englisch ReviewDeutsche RezensionEigentlich gibt es über dieses Buch nicht viel zu sagen. Wenn man es sich durchliest so klingt es durchaus sehr gut, wie eine Enzyklopädie auch sein sollte, wenn die Illustrationen auch zwischen annehmbar und schlecht hin und her schwanken.Aber leider kann man nicht leugnen, dass sie nicht nur vieles gar nicht drin haben was in den Büchern sehr wohl erwähnt und mitunter sogar wichtig war(view spoiler)[, z.B. Gundabad und die Schwachste [...]


    6. This is a work that attempts to live up to its title: it includes an introduction to Tolkien’s published works (not just related to Middle Earth), then rushes straight into chapters on history, geography, peoples and nations (pretentiously called sociology here), natural history and a Who’s Who in Middle Earth, finally ending with indices and acknowledgements. Because David Day doesn’t just limit himself to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, there are charts and maps that help to place [...]


    7. A pretty good book to have around to reference The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. Has maps, plenty of nicely done illustrations, genealogies of Men and Elves, charts, histories and biographies.


    8. A reference book dealing with the geography, races, and individuals of Middle-earth. Basically an illustrated dictionary. While the artwork is frequent and varied (there are a number of different artists, using a number of different styles and techniques, which makes for a very interesting and enjoyable set of illustrations), the text, though thorough, is not without mistakes and can be extremely repetitive.Would have liked it more had there been more art and less words. Cut down all the endless [...]


    9. This is a book that any fan of JRR Tolkien should not be without, as it is an indespensible guide that covers everything within Tolkien's world of Middle-Earth and the undying lands. This volume is filled with beautiful illustrations both paintings and origional sketches (from the Tolkien Bestiary) that transport you to the heart of middle-earth, bringing his captivatingly creative and unique creatures to life. Tolkien's cosmology is explained in extrordinary depth and detail, covering all aspec [...]


    10. My childhood was screwed up to say the least. Not in a serious sorta way, but in a way that destined me to a life where I would be sitting here and happily reviewingTolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia. This situation is even more screwy because my screwy love of all things academic was caused by having this book.I'll admit, when I first read Lord of the Rings I was totally confused. First, I read the Fellowship THEN read The Hobbit, before ever picking up the others (which I did not for severa [...]


    11. There are a lot of mistakes and misinformation throughout this book. Merry was never a knight of Gondor, he was knighted by Theoden of Rohan. The Noldor did not make the Silmarils, only Feanor did that. There are also a lot of entries that are redundant and don't offer much new information. The illustrations are really nice though. My favorite is the Caves of Menegroth.If you're looking for a reference book you're better off getting the Complete Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Tyler. If you're a col [...]


    12. Pro: the art. The book is absolutely loaded with illustrations, and each of the half dozen or so artists has an extremely distinct style, ranging from etching to watercolor. It's an amazingly beautiful collection.Con: the accuracy. The book is almost as loaded with errors as it is with pictures, including boneheaded stuff like mislabeling a picture of Merry as Pippin and vice versa - in other words, things that reflect a fault not in research, but in editing.


    13. Although the entries in this encyclopedia are helpful, you get more than your purchase-price value from the excellent maps and chronology in the beginning of this comprehensive resource. I consider it an essential companion, along with the revised edition Karen Wynn Fonstad's The Atlas of Middle-earth, to a reading of The Silmarillion; and even though the maps in The Atlas of Middle-earth are indispensable, they don't replace the maps and the chronology at the beginning of David Day's book.


    14. Well, this is something of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it includes a lot of useful information. On the other, it is poorly organized and doesn't use cross-referencing, so there's a lot of repetition. There are also occasionally misleading entries. Furthermore, the illustrations are of highly variable quality, with some quite poor indeed. And it was edited with a spatula. Overall, this is not a creditable performance from a usually reliable Tolkien scholar.


    15. Picked this up at a used book shop in Chiang Mai. In excellent condition for the price! What else are vacations for?David Day attempts to bring together Tolkien's mythology from multiple Tolkien works and catalog the chronology, geography, societies, biology, and biographies of Middle Earth. Includes many fascinating illustrations and explanations.


    16. i don't even like tolkien and i liked this book. for my reference use i'd of liked all the entries in order instead of broken into five sub-catagories.having just read several of the reviews i find now know this book has many errors, but it still has really cool art and for three bucks at half-price books i don't feel bad


    17. The art is beautiful, and the summary time lines are actually quite a useful aid when reading through The Silmarillion. However, several entries are plagued by minor spelling errorspoints off for that.


    18. Overall a rather nice compendium with beautiful illustrations. It is illuminating about Tolkien's inspiration and sources, yet serves only as an introductory work. For more thorough studies regarding Tolkien's Middle Earth Cycle is it, however, not suitable.


    19. The best Guide to Tolkien, written by a specialist of Elvish. Every Tolkien fan should have it in his/her bookshelves. It give precious data about the people of Middle-Earth, the places, the animals, the languages, All these are easy to find, because of the alphaberical order used by the author.


    20. an amazing collection of histories, maps, and character profiles. this is a wonderful guide with some really great artwork. usually these aren't the kinds of books you read cover to cover, but this is an exception. i thoroughly enjoyed it.




    21. It was great, amazing illustration. Though some of the concepts of Tolkien's perilous realms a bit different from mine


    22. Como enciclopedia genial, aunque las ilustraciones no me gustan mucho. Poseo la edición de Circulo de Lectores.




    23. Probably my first Tolkien reference book so it has a special place in my heart. I particularly enjoy the chronology tables and the geography charts.



    24. Good reference material for reading (or re-reading) Tolkien's Middle-Earth masterpieces--especially for those unfamiliar with "The Silmarillion." Rather uninspiring drawings and artwork, however.



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