The first encyclopedic illustrated guide to the world of middle earth and the undying lands, this book brings together every important aspect of tolkiens vast cosmology. In the menu to the right you can show events, places and character movements. National geographic visual encyclopedia of earth is the definitive guide to our incredible, everchanging world. Welcome to the thains book, an encyclopedia of the people, places, creatures, things, and events in the hobbit, the lord of the rings and other writings by j. Middle earth is conventionally treated as a single continent, but in fact may have consisted of more than one landmass. The term is equivalent to the term midgard of norse mythology, describing the humaninhabited world, that is, the central continent of the earth in tolkiens imagined mythological past. Originally published in 1971 as a guide to middleearth, before the publication. Preceded by, a guide to middleearth, mirage press, 1971. Middleearth encyclopedia the one wiki to rule them all.
Pdf books search and download an encyclopedia of tolkien. But you can read the books in the order below, if you want to learn about middle earth, or if you are a beginner or just starting to get into tolkiens books. Samwise gamgee leaves middle earth, last of the ringbearers. Here is the definitive guide to the geography of middle earth, from its founding in the elder days through the third age, including the journeys of bilbo, frodo, and the fellowship of the ring.
The encyclopedia of arda is a personal project a tribute to and a celebration of the works of j. With the release of the fellowship of the rings in movie theaters this december, tolkien enthusiasts might consider robert fosters the complete guide to middleearth. Books about the author and his works are in category. Karen wynn fonstads the atlas of middleearth is an essential volume that will enchant all tolkien fans. The middleearth encyclopedia to browse the encyclopedia click a letter on the alphabet at the top of any encyclopedia page or click search at the bottom of the page. Robert foster s the complete guide to middleearth a revision of fosters earlier guide to middleearth is probably the best published encyclopedia on tolkiens secondary world. Tolkien with thousands of entries, and interactive features including a chronicle, calendar and lexicon of elvish. The chant continues, may the rainmakers water the earth mother that she may become fruitful and give to her children and to all the world the fruits of her being that they may have food in abundance. The peoples of middleearth gave them many names, and called them wizards.
Wikimedia commons has media related to middle earth. About national geographic visual encyclopedia of earth. The history of middleearth simple english wikipedia, the. The history of mythology that inspired tolkiens world, out now from canterbury classics. He was very studious and spent much of his childhood pouring over books in the archives of minas tirith. It already contains about four thousand entries, and were constantly adding new entries and expanding existing ones. This guide discusses people, cultures, places, objects, beasts, and times in.
These books are extremely detailed, christopher tolkien wrote the books based the annotations of. The middleearth encyclopedia is an online encyclopedia founded by an unnamed fan before 2010 dedicated to works of j. Books or tales named in the books, and which are said to form the source material for tolkiens work, are in category. Lord of the rings project, commonly shortened lotrproject, is a creative web project dedicated to the works of j. These two volumes comprise the early silmarillion, a more mature version of what originated in the book of lost tales. The site is known for coining the term pete the pirate in referral to the corsair lieutenant in the the return of the king film, who was played by peter jackson, the director. Tolkiens writings on this topic, and especially his letters, suggest that middleearth is defined as that part of the world inhabited by mortal beings that is, all the lands of arda except aman and, apparently, the empty. Tolkien wrote extensively about the mythology and history of the land, which form the backstory for these stories.
Very nutritious, it is used for sustenance on long journeys. The book was edited and compiled by his son, christopher tolkien. Beatiful middle earth encyclopedia published by user, 21 years ago this encyclopedia gives the reader a short synopsis of every kind of creature, geography, city, or event that was mentioned in the lor, including characters from some of j. Middleearth encyclopedia the one wiki to rule them all fandom. Get information and homework help with millions of articles in our free, online library. Middle earth is the fictional setting of much of british writer j. Geotimes magazinethis gorgeously illustrated guide to earth is useful and absorbing.
The encyclopedia of arda is a completely unofficial site, and has no connection with the estate of j. Tolkien with thousands of entries, and interactive features including a chronicle. Tolkiens middleearth contains a rich assortment of people, cities, and creaturesas well as a deep, intertwined history that spans thousands of years. Tolkiens middleearth stories mostly focus on the northwest of the continent. Read about the films that brought middle earth to the big screen. Timeline of the history of middleearth lotrproject. The encyclopedia of arda disclaimer and bibliography glyph web. Tolkien wrote the hobbit, the lord of the rings, and the silmarillion, but there are many more books, most of them published after tolkiens death, that tell us more about middleearth and the broader world termed arda that his stories took place in.
Covers everything from earths origins to mountain formation to global wind patterns. Entries include descriptions, histories, important dates, genealogies, etymologies, illustrations, sources and crossreferences. The series shows the development over time of tolkiens conception of middle earth as a fictional place with its own peoples, languages, and history, from his earliest. Because silmarillion, hurin and unfinished tales are all complex. Welcome to britannica school, a safe, uptodate, and ageappropriate information resource for elementary, middle, and high school discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards. It is perhaps most known for the extensive and ever updating genealogy, the historical timeline of middle earth and the statistics of the population of middle earth. This book is the singular hardcover collection of the first 5 history of middle earth books from the book of lost tales through the lost road.
Welcome to the middleearth encyclopedia, a comprehensive guide to middle earth and the rest of the creations of j. The site is known for coining the term pete the pirate in referral to the corsair lieutenant in the the return of the. The encyclopedia of arda an interactive guide to the world of jrr. Middleearth characters simple english wikipedia, the. The book of lost tales is a collection of early stories by english writer j. Christopher tolkien referred to it at several points in the books he edited, though not always agreeing with. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, christopher tolkien. More than five hundred alphabetical entries cover five major subject areas. May the rainmaker water the earth mother that she may be made beautiful to look upon.
Barbara stracheys journeys of frodo is also very good and both will give you an idea of the difficulties of reconciling bilbos journey in the hobbit with frodos. See also jesse chuhtas tolkien book list last update. Nov 30, 2019 the love for middleearth tolkiens created fantasia of fantasy continues into 2019 and is the subject of an encyclopedia of tolkien. The encyclopedia of earth by michael allaby, robert coenraads. Welcome to the middle earth encyclopedia, a comprehensive guide to middle earth and the rest of the creations of j. The name middle earth is a translation of the old english middangeardthe world beneath heaven and above hell.
The love for middle earth tolkiens created fantasia of fantasy continues into 2019 and is the subject of an encyclopedia of tolkien. Author david days atoz tome presents the characters and places of tolkiens fiction in a leatherbound. Denethor grew to resemble a man of numenor in likeness, for he was tall, strong, and bold. This book covers all the characters, places, objects, beasts and tribes of tolkiens middle earth. Middle earth objects or in another suitable category. The complete guide to middleearth is a reference book for the fictional universe of j. The encyclopedia is currently undergoing a thorough assessment in preparation for the release of the hobbit movies, to ensure that answers on the books are available to readers and moviegoers alike. He worked much to help in the destruction of the one ring, and in the war of the ring. This is the singlevolume reference every forwardlooking library should include, sure to foster the next generations sense of connectedness with our world and to inspire the ecologists and scientists of tomorrow. Shadow of mordor, winner of more than 50 industry awards, with the return of talion and celebrimbor, known as the bright lord, who must forge a new ring of power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including sauron and his nazgul, in a monumental battle for middle. Originally published in 1971 as a guide to middle earth, before the publication of the silmarillion, the first edition contained only information from the lord of the rings and the hobbit. Gandalf the grey is a main character in the books the hobbit and the lord of the rings. It is what it is, a guide encyclopedia reference to the series.
Tolkien where the action of the hobbit, the lord of the rings, and the silmarillion takes place. The history of middle earth, is a series compound by twelve volumes, published in 1983 to 1996, that analyze the works of j. Samwise gamgee entrusts the red book with elanor and leaves the shire to sail west never to be seen in middle earth again. Shadow of war continues the original narrative of middleearth. All of these books the history of middle earth series have provided tolkien fans with tantalizing bits of information, glimpses into new characters and new perspectives, and bits and pieces of other storylines. Information about the books you know, and maybe some you dont. In the third age gandalf came to middleearth as one of the istari or wizards. It might therefore easily have consisted of more than one continent. The following list of middleearth food and drink includes all fictional items of food and drink featured in j. The history of middleearth is a 12volume series of books published between 1983 and 1996 that collect and analyse material relating to the fiction of j. The book of lost tales, part two the history of middle earth, vol. The scope of this category is books or writings by j. The encyclopedia of arda disclaimer and bibliography. This book really helped me to conceptualize and visualize the creation of arda and middle earth, in particular, and to understand the changes in.
In what order should tolkiens writings on middleearth be. Tolkien with thousands of entries, and interactive features including a chronicle, calendar and lexicon of elvish names. To complement the forthcoming exhibition at the bodleian library oxford, uk opening on 1 june, a new book will be published entitled tolkien. May 20, 2017 the complete guide to middle earth is a reference book for the fictional universe of j. If you have comments or suggestions please contact cirdaneth. Although middleearth is only one continent in tolkiens world, it is often used for the whole fictional world and all stories tolkien invented for it. Search the worlds most comprehensive index of fulltext books. Middleearth simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The encyclopedia of earth proves that reference books dont have to be drab or prohibitively pricey.
The history of middleearth is a 12volume series of books published between 1983 and 1996. Most of these writings, with the exception of the hobbit and the lord of the rings, were edited and published posthumously by his. It combines facts from all the books and is far more readable than the silmarillion. The term is equivalent to the term midgard of norse mythology, describing the humaninhabited world, that is, the central continent of the earth in tolkiens imagined mythological past tolkiens most widely read works, the hobbit and the lord of the rings, take place entirely in middle earth, and. In this volume, christopher tolkien brings his quartercentury labor of love to a close and what an ending it is. With over 300 images, this is the largest collection of original tolkien material ever published in a single volume. The 550 alphabetically arranged entries fall within the following categories of topics. Tolkiens middle earth, compiled and edited by robert foster.
Submit a brief description of any of the following to etep for inclusion in the tolkien encyclopedia. Originally published in 1971 as a guide to middleearth, before the publication of the silmarillion, the first edition contained only information from the lord of the rings and the hobbit. An encyclopedia for the lord of the rings, its creator, and the world behind it that. This part of middleearth is reminiscent of europe, with the environs of the shire intended to be reminiscent of england more specifically, the west midlands, with hobbiton set at the same latitude as oxford. National geographic visual encyclopedia of earth by michael. Wellwritten, excellently organized, balanced, dependable, and clear on how his life and works interacted. Hosting costs a lot of money and developing new projects takes hundreds of hours. A biography houghton mifflin the indispensable biography of tolkien, published in 1977 and only slightly outdated by newer research. Tolkien, published as the first two volumes of christopher tolkien s 12volume series the history of middleearth, in which he presents and analyzes the manuscripts of those stories, which were the earliest form of the complex fictional myths that would eventually comprise the silmarillion. Middle earth is a fictional fantasy world invented by j. Middleearth encyclopedia guide to the creations of tolkien. The complete history of middleearth hardcover box set, december 12, 2002. The middle earth encyclopedia to browse the encyclopedia click a letter on the alphabet at the top of any encyclopedia page or click search at the bottom of the page. History middleearth book lost tales by tolkien j r r.
Tolkiens writings on this topic, and especially his letters, suggest that middle earth is defined as that part of the world inhabited by mortal beings that is, all the lands of arda except aman and, apparently, the empty. The gold standard here is the late karen wynn fonstads atlas of middleearth be sure to get the second edition, which includes information from the history of middleearth. I was sure to check the table of contents for all 5 of my paperback editions and compare them with this one to ensure nothing was missing. Read about your favorite heroes, and the villains they battle. Furthermore i must strongly caution anyone interested in learning about tolkien and middle earth against using days books as a reference. The languages of tolkiens middle earth by ruth noel is not recommended. Middleearth is a fictional fantasy world invented by j. 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. At the end of the first age, beleriand is destroyed and covered by the sea. The works on middleearth published by tolkien during his lifetime include the hobbit, the lord of the rings, the adventures of tom bombadil, and the road goes ever on. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. List of middleearth food and drink neo encyclopedia.
One question that you might ask if whether there is much of a difference between this book and days other book which was published before this one, a tolkien. Tolkiens middle earth, compiled and edited by robert foster originally published in 1971 as a guide to middle earth, before the publication of the silmarillion, the first edition contained only information from the lord of the rings and the hobbit. The characters in the lord of the rings, with the exception of saruman, have little knowledge of what lies to the south and east. How the new science of astrobiology charts the ultimate fate of our world. Middleearth locations simple english wikipedia, the. The languages of tolkiens middleearth by ruth noel is not recommended. The books are riddled with inaccuracies, contradictions and outright fabrications on the part of the author. Tolkiens writings on this topic, and especially his letters, suggest that middleearth is defined as that part of the world inhabited by mortal beings that is, all the lands of arda except aman and, apparently, the empty lands. From the hobbit through the lord of the rings and beyond as essential to their viewing pleasure as popcorn. The chronology of middle earth and numenor is a timeline of events in the first, second, third.
This continent was north of the hither lands shown in the ambarkanta, and west of the east sea. Denethor ii was born in 2930 of the third age in the city of minas tirith. Several of his books take place there, such as the hobbit and the lord of the rings. Tolkiens books about middleearth university of maryland. New middleearth books to be published in 2018 middleearth. Names of characters, items and events from the hobbit and the lord of the rings are trademarks and service marks of tolkien enterprises, whose rights are also fully acknowledged. Thus opens a prayer to awitelin tsita, the earth divinity of the zuni of new mexico. This guide discusses people, cultures, places, objects, beasts, and times in tolkiens writing. If you are totally into middle earth and dont already own it, this should make a fine addition to your collection. Beleriand is between the sea in the west and south, and the blue mountains in the east. Middle earth is used as the general name for the fictional universe of j. The papyrus header fonts and the family trees are the property of the middleearth encyclopedia. Appearing in the hobbit and mentioned in the lord of the rings, cram is a biscuitlike food made by the men of esgaroth and dale, which they share with the dwarves of the lonely mountain.
The problem with this order is that if you dont know middle earth well then you may struggle reading the order above. A brief introduction to tolkiens middleearth related works. The history and mythology that inspired tolkiens world 9781645170105 by david day a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of middle earth. An encyclopedia on the works of tolkien should do two things. The middle earth encyclopedia is an online encyclopedia founded by an unnamed fan before 2010 dedicated to works of j. Pages in category middleearth the following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total. Most of the events in tolkiens work take place in the northwestern region of middle earth.
Beleriand was a large region in northwestern middleearth until the end of the first age. I purchased it to hopefully help my middle school kid better understand and relate to this classic series as all he knows of them at this point are the movie versions. The site is evolving into an illustrated hypertext encyclopedia of tolkiens realms and peoples. The topics with links have been written and are now available for viewing. Wikimedia commons has media related to middleearth. Tolkien, in full john ronald reuel tolkien, born january 3, 1892, bloemfontein, south africadied september 2, 1973, bournemouth, hampshire, england, english writer and scholar who achieved fame with his childrens book the hobbit 1937 and his richly inventive epic fantasy the lord of the rings 195455.782 1411 1057 1685 1042 582 332 1687 1167 804 499 1516 1151 802 208 428 868 1352 31 387 1463 1671 1543 978 1344 1327 922 738 1370 1366 482 637 1327 668 863 119 223 397 1237 478 132 1078 84 1174 1011 609 175