Tolkien the illustrated encyclopedia

by David Day

Paper Book, 1991



Call number

HN 8405 D273



Toronto Maxwell Macmillan Canada


An encyclopedic illustrated guide to the world of Middle-earth and the Undying Lands, this book brings together every important aspect of Tolkien's vast anthology.

User reviews

LibraryThing member benjamin.duffy
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,
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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.
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LibraryThing member slaveofOne
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.
LibraryThing member LisaStens
Not always particularly accurate but the pictures are worth the price of the book. There are all kinds of pictures from all kinds of artists.
LibraryThing member ed.pendragon
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 MiddleEarth), then rushes straight into chapters on history, geography, peoples and nations, natural history and a Who's Who in Middle Earth, finally ending with
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indices. Because David Day doesn't limit himself to The Hobbit and LOTR, there are charts and maps that help to place the War of the Ring in context, and the whole is profusely illustrated by nearly a score of artists. I can't comment on the accuracy of all of the information -- much of it seems to be authoritative -- but the quality of the illustrations is variable: of the principal illustrators Ivan Allen, Rachel Chilton, Lidia Postma and Sally Davies are outstanding, while Andrew Mockett is a mere doodler and I can take or leave the rest.
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Physical description

279 p.; 29 cm


002533431X / 9780025334311

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