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In The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion internationally acclaimed scholars Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
examine Tolkien's masterpiece chapter by chapter, offering expert insights into its evolution, structure, and meaning.
They discuss in close detail important literary and historical influences on the development of The Lord of the Rings,
connections between that work and other writings by Tolkien, errors and inconsistencies, significant changes to the text
during its fifty years of publication, archaic and unusual words used by Tolkien, and words and passages in his invented
languages of Middle-earth. Thousands of notes, keyed to standard editions of The Lord of the Rings but universally
accessible, reveal the richness and complexity of one of the most popular works of fiction in our time. In addition to
their own expertise and that of other scholars and critics, Hammond and Scull frequently draw upon comments by Tolkien
himself, made in letters to family, friends, and enthusiasts, in draft texts of The Lord of the Rings, and in works
written in later years which amplify or illuminate characters and events in the story. Extensive reference is made also
to writings by Tolkien not previously or widely published, including elaborate time-schemes, an unfinished manuscript
index to The Lord of the Rings, and most notably, the important Nomenclature or guide to names in The Lord of the Rings
prepared for the use of translators, long out of print and now newly transcribed and printed in its entirety. With these
resources at hand, even the most seasoned reader of The Lord of the Rings will come to a greater enjoyment and
appreciation of Tolkien's magnificent achievement.