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Best Middle Earth Books You Must Read

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1. The Atlas of Middle-Earth (Revised Edition) (2001)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadKaren Wynn Fonstad’s THE ATLAS OF MIDDLE-EARTH is an essential volume that will enchant all Tolkien fans. Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle-earth, from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, including the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring. Authentic and updated — nearly one third of the maps are new, and the text is fully revised — the atlas illuminates the enchanted world created in THE SILMARILLION, THE HOBBIT, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.Hundreds of two-color maps and diagrams survey the journeys of the principal characters day by day — including all the…
Author(s): Karen Wynn Fonstad

2. The Histories of Middle Earth, Volumes 1-5 (2003)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadThe extraordinary history of Middle-earth comes to life in this essential five-volume collection from the beloved author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.   #53,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1794 in Fantasy Action & Adventure Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien

3. The Singer of Tales (2000)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadThis 40th anniversary edition of Albert Lord’s classic work includes a unique enhancement: a CD containing the original audio recordings of all the passages of heroic songs quoted in the book; a video publication of the kinescopic filming of the most valued of the singers; and selected photographs taken during Milman Parry’s collecting trips in the Balkans. Parry began recording and studying a live tradition of oral narrative poetry in order to find an answer to the age-old Homeric Question: How had the author of the Iliad and Odyssey composed these two monumental epic poems at the very start of…
Author(s): Albert B. Lord, Stephen Mitchell, et al.

4. Tolkien’s World from A to Z: The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth (2001)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadFrom Adaldrida Brandybuck to Zaragamba–every Hobbit, Elf, Dwarf, Man, Orc, or other resident of Middle-earth is vividly described and accurately located in proper place and time. Colorfully detailed descriptions of geographical entries allow you to pick up the action anywhere in Middle-earth and follow it through all five volumes. From stars and streams to food and flora, everything found in Middle-earth is alphabetically listed and, when necessary, cross-referenced. s Middle-earth…
Author(s): Robert Foster

5. Peoples of Middle-Earth (History of Middle-Earth) (2002)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadThe concluding volume of The History of Middle-earth series, which examines the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings. The Peoples of Middle-earth traces the evolution of the Appendices to The Lord of The Rings, which provide a comprehensive historical structure of the Second and Third Ages, including Calendars, Hobbit genealogies and the Westron language. The book concludes with two unique abandoned stories: The New Shadow, set in Gondor during the Fourth Age, and the tale of Tal-elmar, in which the coming of the dreaded Numenorean ships is seen through…
Author(s): Christopher Tolkien

6. Morgoth’s Ring (History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 10) (2002)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadThe first of two companion volumes which documents the later writing of The Silmarillion, Tolkien’s epic tale of war. After the The Lord of the Rings was at last achieved, J R R Tolkien turned his attention once again to ‘the Matter of the Elder Days’. The text of the Annals of Aman, the ‘Blessed Land’ in the far West, is given in full; while in writings hitherto unknown is seen the nature of the problems that Tolkien explored in his later years, as new and radical ideas, portending upheaval in the old narratives, emerged at the heart of the…
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

7. Harper Single Volume American Literature, 3rd Edition (1998)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadA richly diverse gathering of new and familiar voices, on subjects new and old, The Harper Single Volume American Literature takes the reader on a journey through America’s literary past and ever-projecting future. Eleven cultural portfolios provide windows into historic moments in our literary past and present; superbly informative and readable period introductions further deepen the reader’s understanding of the America from which this literature evolved. Five great plays, an unprecedented wealth of complete works, approximately one hundred carefully chosen black and white images – a collection both deeper and broader than other…
Author(s): Donald McQuade, Robert Atwan , et al.

8. The Messiah Comes to Middle-Earth: Images of Christ’s Threefold Office in The Lord of the Rings (Hansen Lectureship) (2017)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadHow can we grasp the significance of what Jesus Christ did for us? Might literature help us as we seek to understand the Christian faith? J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has generated much discussion about the relationship between Christianity and literature. It is well known that Tolkien disliked allegory. Yet he acknowledged that his work is imbued with Christian symbolism and meaning. Based on the inaugural Hansen Lectureship series delivered at the Marion E. Wade Center by Philip Ryken, this volume mines the riches of Tolkien’s theological imagination. In the characters…
Author(s): Philip Ryken

9. Lord of Temptation (The Risande Family) (2006)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadNorman Lord Dante Risande never met a woman he couldn’t seduce – until a lovely slave named Gianelle refuses his bed and piques his interest. So when she’s accused of murder, he can’t sit idly by. As the King’s right hand, it’s his duty to investigate. But in order to save her, he must buy her. #1,947,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #101288 in Historical Fiction (Books) #5504 in Medieval Historical Romance (Books) #52945 in Contemporary Literature & Fiction Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Paula Quinn

10. The Complete Tolkien Companion (2012)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadFor all those who journey to Middle Earth, here is the complete guide to its lands, legends, histories, languages, and people. The Complete Tolkien Companion explains, translates, and links every single reference―names, dates, places, facts, famous weapons, even food and drink―to be found in J. R. R. Tolkien’s world, which includes not only The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but also The Simarillion and many other posthumously published works. A detailed explanation of the various Elvish writing systems, together with maps, charts, and genealogical tables, bring the remarkable genius of Tolkien and the unforgettable world and…
Author(s): J. E. A. Tyler, Kevin Reilly

11. Growing Artists: Teaching the Arts to Young Children, 5th Edition (2011)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadGROWING ARTISTS: TEACHING THE ARTS TO YOUNG CHILDREN, 5th Edition, provides early childhood educators with the theoretical framework and background knowledge needed to design creative arts activities for young children from infancy through the primary grades. Beautifully illustrated with children’s artwork, it features a wealth of child-tested, open-ended dramatic arts, music, creative dance, and visual art activities that foster children’s creativity. Examples of teaching in action model how to be an enthusiastic and effective teacher of the arts process. This book provides a rich-resource of ideas and approaches that…
Author(s): Joan Bouza Koster

12. The Humanities: Culture, Continuity and Change, Book 4: 1600 to 1800 (2nd Edition) (Humanities: Culture, Continuity & Change) (2011)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadFor an undergraduate introductory level course in the humanities. The Humanities: Culture, Continuity & Change helps students see context and make connections across the humanities by tying together the entire cultural experience through a narrative storytelling approach. Written around Henry Sayre’s belief that students learn best by remembering stories rather than memorizing facts, it captures the voices that have shaped and influenced human thinking and creativity throughout our history….
Author(s): Henry M. Sayre

13. The Book of Lost Tales 2 (History of Middle-Earth) (Pt. 2) (2002)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadThe second of a two-book set that contains the early myths and legends which led to the writing of Tolkien’s epic tale of war, The Silmarillion. This second part of The Book of Lost Tales includes the tale of Beren and Luthien, Turin and the Dragon, and the only full narratives of the Necklace of the Dwarves and the Fall of Gondolin, itself the finest and most exciting depiction of a battle that Tolkien ever wrote. Each tale is followed by a commentary in the form of a short essay, together with texts of associated poems, and contains extensive information on names and vocabulary in the earliest Elvish languages….
Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

14. The Battle for Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings (2004)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadJ. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings has long been acknowledged as the gold standard for fantasy fiction, and the recent Oscar-winning movie trilogy has brought forth a whole new generation of fans. Many Tolkien enthusiasts, however, are not aware of the profoundly religious dimension of the great Ring saga. In The Battle for Middle-earth Fleming Rutledge employs a distinctive technique to uncover the theological currents that lie just under the surface of Tolkien's epic tale. Rutledge believes that the best way to understand this powerful "deep narrative" is to examine the…
Author(s): Fleming Rutledge

15. The Proverbs of Middle-earth (2017)

Best Middle Earth Books You Must ReadAn Arabic proverb says, “Before you shoot the arrow truth, dip in in honey.” The works of JRR Tolkien are unique in English Literature, as they are filled with hundreds of original proverbs. ‘Not all those who wander are lost,’ ‘Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens,’ and ‘Never laugh at live dragons’ are all poetic, wise, and convincingly real-sounding, but they are also a lens, through which more can be seen. These proverbs belong to entirely invented wisdom traditions and reflect the culture, the philosophical worldview, and the history of…
Author(s): David Rowe, Peter Kreeft

Best Middle Earth Books You Must Read

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Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth

Author(s): Ian Nathan, Andy Serkis
Publisher: HarperCollins, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2219737

Topoi/Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought

Author(s): Christian Abrahamsson, Gunnar Olsson
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2237590

Earthen Architecture in Muslim Cultures: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives

Author(s): Stéphane Pradines
Publisher: BRILL, Year: 2018, Size: 87 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2267838

The Fall of Gondolin

Author(s): J.R.R. Tolkien; Christopher Tolkien; Alan Lee
Publisher: HarperCollins, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2271653

Flora of Middle-Earth : plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium

Author(s): Judd, Graham A.; Judd, Walter S.; Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 41 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2077284

Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty: Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle-earth

Author(s): Lisa Coutras
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2016, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582724

Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth

Author(s): Avi Melamed, Lucy Aharish
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1707857

High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-earth

Author(s): Furnish, Timothy R
Publisher: Oloris Publishing LLC, Year: 2016, Size: 16 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2081625

Stochastic Flood Forecasting System: The Middle River Vistula Case Study

Author(s): Renata J. Romanowicz, Marzena Osuch (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1376607

The Real Middle Earth: Exploring the Magic and Mystery of the Middle Ages, J.R.R. Tolkien, and "The Lord of the Rings"

Author(s): Brian Bates
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Year: 2015, Size: 971 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1537944

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