The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion

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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.


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