Reference works

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George Beahm, The Essential J.R.R. Tolkien Sourcebook

A fan's guide to Middle-earth and beyond

New Page, 2004. A heavily illustrated overview what one can collect in the Tolkien field (both books and merchandise), where to buy (but you already know that :-) - en interviews with Tolkien illustrators. 1st editiion. Paperback.

Martin Breese, Breese's Guide to Modern First Editions

London, 1993

The current marketvalue of almost 1500 first edition, plus profiles of more than 100 most collected authors, including Tolkien. 1st edition. Hardback.

John Carratello, A Guide for Using The Hobbit in the Classroom

 

Teacher Created Resources, 2009. Reprint. Paperback. Illustrated by Sue Fullam. Questions, information and  assignments for schoolchildren.*

John Clute and John Grant (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

Orbit, 1997

A massive book (well over a 1000 pages long and weighing more than 2 kilo’s) with everything relating to fantasy, focussed on authors and movies, but others like illustrators, genres, societies and such are not neglected. Every fantasy-author ever (from Shakespearre to the present) has an entry, consisting of a biography, a critical analyse of the mayor works, a listing of other publications and secondairy literature. No illustrations or fancy pictures, just two columns on each pages of fine print. De entry ‘Tolkien’ is just over 9 columns. An invaluable work of reference. 1st edition. Hardback.*

John Clute, Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia

Dorling, 1995

Overview of each aspect of SF; books, comics, movies, tv. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated in colour and b&w.

Joseph Connolly, Modern First Editions

Their Value to Collectors

Orbis, 1985. Hardback. Illustrated with photo´s. Short biographies of the authors plus a listing of their books (first editions) and their value. Of course Tolkien is in here with three pages (apparantly he was born in Birmingham...) as well as C.S. Lewis. Antiquarian; fine condition.*

David Day, A-Z of Tolkien

Chancellor Press, 1996. 1st edition thus. Hardback. Illustrated in b&w. Reference work based on Day's Bestiary. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, Tolkien - A Dictionary

London, 2014. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated. Published before as A-Z Tolkien.*

David Day, Characters from Tolkien

A Bestiary

Chancellor Press, 2002. Paperback edition of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in b&w and colour.*
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David Day, Guide to Tolkien's World. Thunderbay

A Bestiary

San Diego, 2002. Paperback edition of A Tolkien Bestiary.*

David Day, Guide to Tolkien's World. Chancellor

 

London, 2001. Paperback edition of A Tolkien Bestiary, containing only the b&w illustration. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (hardback)

Mitchell Beazley, 1992. Hardback. Reissue with some small alterations of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in colour and b&w. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia

Fireside. Reissue with some small alterations of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in colour and b&w. Oversized paperback.*

David Day, The Tolkien Companion

An Illustrated A-Z of Tolkien's World

Mandarin, 1993. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Pauline Martin. Antiquarian: good condition.
 
A guide to the mythical world of Middle-Earth and the Undying Lands, this companion arranged in an A-Z format explores and explains the creatures, plants, events and places that make up these mythical lands. It is aimed at anyone who loves Tolkien's works and wants to learn more about them.*

Michael Drout (ed.), J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia

Scholarship and Critical Assessment

Routledge, 2013. 1st edition thus. Paperback. A detailed work of reference and scholarship, this one volume Encyclopedia includes discussions of all the fundamental issues in Tolkien scholarship written by the leading scholars in the field.

Coverage not only presents the most recent scholarship on J. R. R. Tolkien, but also introduces and explores the author and scholar's life and work within their historical and cultural contexts. Tolkien's fiction and his sources of influence are examined along with his artistic and academic achievements- including his translations of medieval texts- teaching posts, linguistic works, and the languages he created. The 550 alphabetically arranged entries fall within the following categories of topics:
· Adaptations
· Art and illustrations
· Characters in Tolkien's work
· Critical history and scholarship
· Influence of Tolkien
· Languages
· Biography
· Literary sources
· Literature
· Creatures and peoples of Middle-earth
· Objects in Tolkien's work
· Places in Tolkien's work
· Reception of Tolkien
· Medieval scholars
· Scholarship by Tolkien
· Medieval literature
· Stylistic elements
· Themes in Tolkien's works
· Theological/ philosophical concepts and philosophers
· Tolkien's contemporary history and culture
· Works of literature

The work is edited by Michael D.C. Drout, from Wheaton College, with the participation of Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, Marjorie Burns, and Douglas Anderson.*

Colin Duriez and David Porter, The Inklings Handbook.

The lives, thoughts and writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield and their friends

London, 2001. 1st edition. Hardback.*

Colin Duriez, Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. Azure, 2001

A Guide To Middle-earth

London, 2001. Second impression. Paperback. Besides a short biography and chronology consists this book mainly of a alphabetical list of names, places and events in Middle-earth. Cover by Rodney Matthews.*

Colin Duriez, Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. Sutton

A Guide To Middle-earth

Besides a short biography and chronology consists this book mainly of a alphabetical list of names, places and events in Middle-earth. Sutton, 2004. 1st edition thus. Paperback. Cover by Martin Latham.*

Colin Duriez, The Tolkien and Middle-earth Handbook - signed

An A-Z guide to the life, thought and writings of Tolkien

Monarch, 1992. 1st edition. Paperback. Foreword by Brian Sibley. Signed by the author on the title page. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Colin Duriez, The JRR Tolkien Handbook

Baker Books, 2004. Third printing. Paperback. *

J. R. R. Tolkien created an entire fantasy world-complete with its own history, languages, geography, and literature. Readers are quickly caught up in orcs and hobbits, ents, elvin lords, and hundreds of other fascinating and often complex characters who inhabit this magical place. But what are readers to do when they can't remember who Amras was, where in Middle-earth Caras Galadon can be found, or what one might expect to see in the Halls of Mandos? They can open their copy of the J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook. This helpful guide presents all the key characters, places, and things of importance in Tolkien's writings in dictionary format. It also contains details about Tolkien's friends and colleagues, the writers and thinkers who influenced his work, summaries of his beliefs and how they are revealed in his writing, and a handy list of Tolkien's works. Asterisks within articles show other references, allowing readers and students to follow themes that capture their interest and discover more on how Tolkien's life and writing interweave. Tolkien fans, especially those newly introduced to his work by the Lord of the Rings movies, will find this handbook extremely useful for probing the depths of a thoughtful man and his intricate books.

Angie Erregio, The Rough Guide to The Lord of the Rings

London, 2003

Easy to read pocket with some info on Tolkien, the books, the movies. Illustrated with stills from the movies. 1st edition.*

Promo-poster The Rough Guide to The Lord of the Rings

Poster shows the cover of the book and text. 12x24"/30x60 cm.

Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth. A&U, 1978

From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion

George Allen & Unwin. 1st edition. Hardback. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth. Unwin Paperbacks, 1978

From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion

1st edition as paperback. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth. Grafton, 1988

From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion

UnwinHyman. Paperback. Cover by Roger Garland. Antiquarian: good condition.*

Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth. HarperCollins, 2003

From The Hobbit to The Silmarillion

Updated edition in which an index is added and an introdutcion by Ted Nasmith on the 50 colour illustrations from him in this edition (a number here published for the first time). This book is only published in Britian. Hardback.*

Rick Gekoski, Tolkien's Gown and Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books

Contable, 2004

Discusses first editions and the story behind them. The second chapter deals with Tolkien and The Hobbit. 1st edition. Hardback.

James H. Gillam, Treasures from the Misty Mountains

A Collectors Guide to Tolkien

Ontario, 2001. 1st edition. Paperback. An overview of the merchandise that has appeared over the years. Nicely illustrated, but far from complete.

Wayne G. Hammond, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography

Oak Noll, 1993. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). An extensive description of all publications by Tolkien. Antiquarian: fine condition

Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, The Lord of the Rings

A Reader's Companion

Houghton Mifflin, 2005. 1st edition. Hardback. Line for line annotations to The Lord of the Rings.*

Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, The Lord of the Rings (paperback)

A Reader's Companion

HarperCollins, 2005. 1st edition. Pocket. Line for line annotations to The Lord of the Rings.*

Hammond/Scull, The JRR Tolkien Companion and Guide Set (HoM)

HoughtonMifflin, 2006. 1st edition. Slipcase containing the hardbacks Chronology and Reader's Guide.*

Hammond/Scull, The JRR Tolkien Companion and Guide Set (HarC)

HarperCollins, 2006. 1st edition. Slipcase containing the hardbacks Chronology and Reader's Guide.*

Hammond/Scull, The JRR Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology

HarperCollins, 2006. 1st edition. Hardback. A day-to-day account of Tolkien's life. Plus a bibliography of his work, including translations.*

Hammond/Scull, The JRR Tolkien Companion and Guide: Reader's Guide

HarperCollins, 2006. 1st edition. Hardback. Articles and essays on Tolkien's life and work.*

Greg Harvey, The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth for Dummies.

The fun and easy way to explore the myths and themes of The Lord of the Rings

Wiley, 2003. Paperback. Illustrated. A basic guide to some of the possible linguistic and mythological origins of Middle earth, and a rudimentary analysis of its many themes and lessons for our world. It includes topics that explore the main themes in Tolkien's works, including immortality and death; the heroic quest; love; fate and free will; and faith and redemption. *

Iain Lowson e.a., World of the Rings.

The unauthorised guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Richmond, 2002. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated. "The perfect beginners guide."

Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi, The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

Bloomsbury, 1999

Updated reissue. With many references to Middle-earth. Paperback. Illustrated with many maps and plans.

Nancy Martsch (ed.), List of Tolkienalia

Beyond Bree, 1995

Lists of products, calendars, posters, audio, video's, games and miniatures. Dated, but still usefull. Magazine format.

Alister E. McGrath (ed.), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought

Oxford, 1995

1st edition. Paperback. Lemma on Lewis and Tolkien.