Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tolkien’s World

TolkienWorldTolkien’s World – A Guide to the Peoples and Places of Middle-Earth
By Gareth Hanrahan and Peter McKinstry
Published at Insight Editions

About the book

Tolkien's World takes readers on an incredible journey through the realms of Middle-earth and back to a time when elves, dwarves, wizards, and a small, courageous people known as hobbits battled the forces of evil. This lavishly illustrated guide brings you the people and places from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Explore Middle-Earth, from the rolling hills of the Shire to the desolate ash plains of Mordor. Discover the secrets of a world where the elves roamed through enchanted forests and dragons slept in dark caverns under the mountains. With stunning artwork that re-imagines the places and people of Middle-Earth, Tolkien's World is ideal for hobbit fans, big and small. Open the pages of Tolkien's World and meet Bilbo Baggins, the hero of The Hobbit. Then find out about Gandalf the wizard and his incredible magic powers, uncover the story of the unfortunate Gollum or learn about magical weapons, such as Gandalf's sword Glamdring. This meticulously researched guide lets you discover the amazing peoples and creatures that inhabit Middle-earth, from friendly elves and stout-hearted dwarves to the deadly dragon Smaug and the evil Sauron. Packed with adventure and lore, Tolkien's World is a must for all Hobbit fans.

My Thoughts

With the upcoming movie The Hobbit soon to be release in theaters and reading the book with my kids, how can I not review a book that present the peoples and places of Middle-Earth?   Though it is an unofficial and unauthorized guide to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, I think it is worth checking it out.   

As soon as you open this hard cover book, you will contemplate the face of Gandalf staring at you or Gollum surprised by your arrival in the pages.   The book is divided in three sections; the free peoples, the enemy, and legends and lore of Middle-Earth.  Once the book is cracked open, I think it will be hard to put down if you like the stories of The Hobbit and it sequel The Lord of the Rings. 


Each section will present the people and places found in the pages of the book of Tolkien.   Accompanied by fabulous drawings and sketches, the text will give you information about everything you can imagine from Middle-Earth.    As you turn the pages, you will definitively be fascinated with the Mithril vest, the tools and weapons they carry in their quests, the rings, the orcs and much more.   Flipping and reading through the book, I am transported toward Middle-Earth and recognized the storyline of the movies of The Lord of the Rings.     I am also able to learn more about the characters and the story as I explore this book.

This book is fabulous in the way of you can learn more about the people and the places in Middle-Earth.  It could be a great book to introduce your kids to the books and/or the movies.   And if you have a fan of Tolkien’s works in your life, he/she might find this book very interesting.   

Tolkien’s World is available at your favourite bookstore, even and


Disclaimer: Thanks to Insight Editions for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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