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review 2018-03-11 22:10
Atlas of Middle-earth: Revised Edition
The Atlas of Middle-Earth - Karen Wynn Fonstad

Anyone who loves Middle-earth's maps will love this book. It is chock-full of large maps of the First, Second, and Third Ages, detailing the major events from them all. Follow the Elves, Hobbits, Men, and more through their epic journeys. Also has valuable information about how many miles the Nine Walkers traveled each day, what the climate was like in their time and much more.

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review 2018-03-11 21:48
Myth and Middle-earth
Myth & Middle-Earth: Exploring the Medieval Legends Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings - Leslie Ellen Jones

I enjoyed this book about how various mythologies and legends were re-used and presented in a new light by J. R. R. Tolkien, especially the section on drowned lands. The Celtic myths of Ireland and Wales were interesting too. There's much more inside for anyone interested in mythology and how Middle-earth reflects these. Recommended!

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review 2017-08-25 00:00
The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition
The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition - J.R.R. Tolkien,Jemima Catlin

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

 

So begins one of the most famous tales in all literature, beloved by children and adults since first published in 1937. The most delightful illustration of Jemima Catlin enhances this particular edition (2013) of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins through wonder and terror and tremendous moral growth. The narrator, with his asides to the readers, is part of the great charm of this tale.

 

If you have only seen the movies, which do no justice to this wonderful book, read it and discover the tale as Bilbo lived and wrote it. 

 

Enjoy!

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review 2017-05-24 00:00
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien

I read this for the first time in 2004 and several times since then. What can be said about this epic tale that has not been already said many times over? The Professor is a master story-teller, loving the world of nature as much as the world of Men, Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves. He is also a master of suspense in heating that kettle just a little a time, hinting at threats that may or may not be imaginary, as in Frodo's uncertainty whether he really sees and hears someone following them or not and the sound of a hammer that may or may not have to do with Pippin throwing down a stone in Moria.

Middle-earth is a real place because it is our world. The people who inhabit it have so much to teach us. The lessons begin here with Merry and Pippin's beautiful words about their love and friendship for Frodo and what lengths they are willing to go because of it, Frodo's fearful and courageous embrace of his terrible calling and the grace that sustains him and his companions, Sam dogged faithfulness and support and his wonder to see the Elves, and so very much more.

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review 2017-03-16 00:00
Sauron Defeated
Sauron Defeated - J.R.R. Tolkien

Fascinating conclusion to The History of The Lord of the Rings. Also includes The Notion Club Papers, Tolkien's unfinished time-travel tale. Various drafts of the fall of Numenor and the early history of Men are very interesting, as well. The entire History of LOTR is must reading for anyone deeply interested in Middle-earth or the idea of sub-creation in general and all the twists and turns a tale takes as its author seeks to discover the truth.

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