An Encyclopedia of Tolkien by David Day

An Encyclopedia of Tolkien
by David Day
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Canterbury Classics

A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of Middle-earth.

The fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth contains a rich assortment of people, cities, and creatures—as well as a deep, intertwined history that spans thousands of years. In this beautifully illustrated, leather-bound volume, best-selling author and Tolkien scholar David Day presents four decades of research and writing on the lands and inhabitants Middle-earth. Sections of this A-to-Z dictionary are devoted to discussion of the battles, history, beasts, and heroes of Tolkien’s stories, and are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. This comprehensive volume on Tolkien’s world also includes an appendix of three primary legends that served as sources for Tolkien’s creations—the Volsunga saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle—and more than 200 black-and-white illustrations

*I received this book free of charge in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. 

My Thoughts

First, let me describe the beauty of this book, for the picture does not do it justice. An Encyclopedia of Tolkien is bound in soft, brown leather embossed with gold letters and branded with a beautiful Tolkien image. The gilded book edges are in gold with a lovely green ribbon bookmark peeking out from the pages. This hardcover would make any book lover swoon. And we haven't even discussed the content yet.

An Encyclopedia of Tolkien: The History and Mythology That Inspired Tolkien's World by David Day is a well-researched fountain of information that even Orcs would enjoy. It's everything the title mentions and more. The book begins with a fascinating introduction by the author before continuing on with a dictionary of sources. From A to Z this book covers everything you could think of, including some of the most awesome images I have ever seen. There are charts as well as maps of battles. But my absolute favorite part is the mythology behind the ring. Day gives us a closer look into the stories that inspired Tolkien to create his epic series. 

This book is a treasure. Everything you want to know and more about Tolkien's world is in this book. It's a lovely book that would make a great gift, or you can treat yourself. You won't be disappointed.