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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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Ce "Reader's companion" est une somme non négligeable d'érudition et de précision, un ouvrage de référence pour tous les amateurs de Tolkien, qu'ils soient simples lecteurs ou étudiants. Les auteurs, d'éminents spécialistes de l'écrivain et de son oeuvre, éclairent le "magnus opus" de Tolkien à l'aide de ses correspondances (parfois inédites), de ses écrits préparatoires parus dans les douze volumes de *The History of Middle-earth* et d'ouvrages critiques reconnus tels ceux de Tom Shippey ou Verlyn Flieger. Ce livre inclut en outre la fameuse "Nomenclature", correspondance jusque là inédite destinée à son traducteur hollandais et qui fournit de nombreuses précisions quant à l'onomastique de l'oeuvre.
"'The Lord of the Rings': a Reader's Companion" est donc indispensable pour toute personne qui souhaite se plonger dans le monde de Tolkien et parfaire sa connaissance de l'oeuvre et de l'activité créatrice de l'auteur.
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ce livre est indispensable pour tout fan qui se respecte ! en anglais il reste compréhensible et comme l'indique son titre se révèle un parfait compagnon de lecture.
on apprend beaucoup d'anecdotes ou d'informations utiles.
à noter qu'il fait référence à la pagination de l'édition du cinquantenaire en anglais ce qui est plus pratique pour suivre
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lord of the rings readers companion - paperback - video review 4 juillet 2010
Par Joseph Morris - Publié sur
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The Lord of the Rings - A Readers Companion - 2008 revised - paperback

I remember when I was at college, struggling to read Ulysses by James Joyce. I had a book of annotations to my side and was struggling to understand chapter 3 of Stephen Dedalus's adventures on the Sandymount Strand in Eire

This book is rather like that book, but I think its more of a joy to read. Although this book is not for a person who has never read the Story (it will probably give away the ending for a start!) I think its pretty worthwhile for a person whos read the "trilogy" (of SIX Books! in three Volumes!) more than once

If you've read Lord I think you'll really enjoy this. Its engrossing, and (to be honest) too much in depth (I don't really care to know what words mean in Elvish!)

So this book works well but you don't have to read EVERY bit, like the Ulysses Gifford guide. Tolkien was in love with words being a philogist, names of places and people had to mean something. His pose in the work was as a translator of the work into Westron, the Common Tongue, so you get (for example) Samwises real name in the original text as Banizir

So I can think the attention to detail can get overwhelming (what Samwises name is in Sindarin, etc).

So I do think its a great book, but it can get overwhelming. Tolkien created a history for the work, and as great a book as this is (its the best book I've read on Tolkien, up there with Lord of the Rings actually) it might be best if you just take it in small doses. Listen to the Lord of the Rings on audio cassette and read along with this book for to start.

Again, it helps if you're intimate with the Lord of the Rings. Its not unusual for people to read Lord every year (like me). If you have read it a few times, I think you will really enjoy this book, as its an intelligent, in depth study of the work, page by page

I mean, its 900 pages of annotations, and it has a nice "dip in" quality, and it is an absorbing read

Just make sure you've read the Lord of the Rings a few times first though, otherwise you might end up throwing the Companion aside in frustration, just because of the minute attention to detail.

See, Tolkien worked out phases of the moon, dates, and so forth; after Books 1 & 2 (which comprise The Fellowship of the Ring) it becomes convoluted, with Book 3 (Two Towers is comprised of Books 3 & 4 - 4 dealing solely with Frodo and Sam's mission to Mordor) starting off with Aragorn speeding up the hill of Amon Hen (on February 26) and ending with Pippin riding with Gandalf to Minas Tirith the night of March 5/6 - with different characters intercepted at different times throughout that particular Book. By contrast, Book 4 (picking up Frodo and Sam) starts in median res at February 28 and ends with the capture of Frodo by old Sauron on late March 13th, a full week later than the end of Book 3. So in few, the time periods to each book are not always concurrent - that is, starting at the same time and ending at the same time

So to keep track of moon phases, dates, meanings of words in one huge tome is quite something. Clearly the Lord of the Rings is (in Tolkien's phrase)a matter that "got out of hand" rather quickly. Original drafts of early chapters of the first book had the Black Rider hunting for the Shire hobbits originally being Gandalf, comically surprising them while leaving Hobbiton - in the comic vein of the earlier book The Hobbit, to which Lord was a sequel; this incident became much darker with Gandalf turning to a Black Rider STALKING the hobbits before they even left the Shire!

This book keeps track of events, words (lot of archaic words need to be defined - and not everyone knows that a league is 3 miles!)

As brilliant a book this is (I've read it once thus far, all the way through) I do have to wonder who its for... As I've said, you can't just pick up this book if you're not really familiar with the Story as you'll get rather cross and fling it aside because you'll be confused about references to Westernesse (aka Numenor) and so forth. (Westernesse is the land lost by betrayal by Sauron at the close of the Second Age when the king took up arms against the Valar in the West.)

I think it would also help if you had a passing familiarity with The Silmarillion, even if just reading about it in the excellent Tolkien for Dummies book, which touches on the Ages previous to the events of the War of the Ring (at the close of the 3rd age)

I think reading the Silmarillion might be too much for some people (I found it tedious and not as engrossing as the Lord of the Rings) so perhaps finding a synopsis would be best. I do think it would help that you read the Lord of the Rings a least a few times before picking up this work (this IS a review of the Readers Companion); it really helps if you know the Lord well, to sum up. Otherwise this work might be too frustrating a read, and you won't know the world
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Tolkien Trove: Finally, a worthy annotation to LOTR 29 février 2008
Par W. White - Publié sur
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As the authors point out in their own introduction, publishing an annotated edition of The Lord of the Rings, complete with the text, was a practical impossibility. Thus was this "Reader's Companion" brought into being. Perhaps not so intuitive and casual to use (as is, say, Douglas Anderson's "Annotated Hobbit") with a separate copy of LOTR, but at nearly 1200 pages, and with this Companion running over 900 pages, you can easily see why Hammond and Scull and their publishers chose to go this route. As a single volume such a thing might be used to stun a Warg!

As a guide, index, and explicatory text, LOTR: A Reader's Companion excels and exceeds expectations. It is very nearly exhaustive, without being exhausting (as such a book might easily have been). Rigorous and of real use to the serious scholar and academic, but readiy accessible and fun to read for the general Tolkien reader who takes pleasure in going deeper into the story, the backstory, and the life of Tolkien and his greatest tale.

LOTR: A Reader's Companion is as well a clear and well organized accesory volume. Much easier to use than most supplemental guides, it is keyed chapter-by-chapter, and page-by-page to the main text (I have 7 editions of LOTR, paper and hardcover, single-volume and sets, and finding the passage referred to in this Reader's Companion is quick and easy in most cases, as is finding appropriate entries in the RC while reading LOTR and coming across an item you want to know more about). I strongly recommend this book to any reader who has or will read LOTR more than once. It is addictive and fun to read all by itself, and deeply informing when read side-by-side with its source.

The book itself is a sturdy, handsome, well put together piece of publishing. A nicely utilitarian, simple, but still elegant cloth binding, with bright foil stamped spine, and a jacket with a plasticized lining, which will make it stand many more hours and years of handing and reading than most paper backed jackets. The paper is excellent stock, of moderate weight in a very pale cream tone. The print is crisp, dark, and thoroughly consistent throughout (which is becoming something rare even in quality hardcovers recently), and the type is a pleasing traditional serif face of good size, and easy to read. Not certainly a self-consciously "fine" or "collector's" edition, but as definately a book that will last and put up with use, and nonetheless has been designed with care and concern for the craft of book-making.

I own it, and I recommend this "Companion" to all interested readers and their libraries, small and large. With Foster's "Complete Guide to Middle-earth" and Christopher Tolkien's "History of Middle-earth", Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull shall have an equal position (to say: even somewhat superior as regards LOTR in particular, where the other two authors' work is more widely focused on the entire legendarium and body of JRRT's work). My only cavil, and I think it slight, is the absence of photos, drawings, publishing ephemera, and other graphicals, which were so prominent and vital in Anderson's "Annotated Hobbit". But: Buy it! Read it! You'll delight in it! It will enlarge your understanding and pleasure each time you read LOTR, whole or part.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 LOTR : A Reader's Compaion - Fun and Informative 27 mai 2010
Par Orval Reynolds - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've never attempted something like this,however, I was so impressed with this book I decided to give it a try.
While it would have been great to have an annotated version that included the entire novel,I must say it is very easy to find your place within this book. Weather you are going from the novel to the compainon or visa versa. I am speaking from the point of view of someone very familiar with LOTR having read it numerous times over the last 30 years.And somewhat familiar with Silmarillion.I assume someone seeking this sort of information and\or back story would have at least a minamal knowledge of the novel. Evan assuming no knowledge I believe you would quickly find your way around.
I found the information to be accurate,as far as my knowledge could be trusted to check such things.
One thing I've truely enjoyed is just reading random passages. I find myself reading page after page in this manner. I was just begining Unfinished Tales when I found this book and am anxious to begin reading LOTR again and make use of Reader's Companion.
I would also add that the book itself is very nice. It is well made.The pages are made of nice paper with a great feel.
Overall I am quite pleased and can find nothing negative to say. Again this is my first review and I hope someone finds it as useful as some of the reviews I have found helpful in the past.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful! 22 juin 2016
Par Kim Westwood - Publié sur
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Excellent reference.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Magnificent Work of Scholarship 13 décembre 2005
Par John D. Cofield - Publié sur
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Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull are among the most authoritative of scholars researching the literary creations of J.R.R. Tolkien. In The Lord Of The Rings: A Reader's Companion, they have surpassed even their previous masterpiece: J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator. (As a matter of full disclosure I should mention that I met Christina Scull some years ago in London, and I have maintained a friendship with her and her husband Wayne G.Hammond ever since. Three articles I wrote for the Mensa Tolkien Special Interest Group's newsletter "Beyond Bree" have been referenced in A Reader's Companion, and I am also among those Wayne and Christina thank in their Preface. Even without these connections I would still be highly impressed with this work!)

This Reader's Companion consists of annotations to The Lord of the Rings. The length of Tolkien's masterwork, which is often mistakenly called a trilogy, made the normal method of including annotations alongside the text impossible, and so this separate volume has been produced. The annotations illuminate some interesting and sometimes obscure sections of the book and assist readers in interpreting Tolkien's rich but occasionally (to modern and American eyes) puzzling vocabulary. Tolkien readers and scholars will find it almost as fascinating as the book itself and many will probably read it straight through not once, but many times.

In addition to the annotations, A Reader's Companion also contains a wealth of material, including Wayne and Christina's own history of the writing of The Lord of the Rings. This is in itself a fascinating description of the many forms the story took over the years from 1937 to the early 1950s, and the many vicissitudes Tolkien endured as he "niggled" away at the writing and rewriting each chapter required. Besides this history the authors have included several fascinating discussions of chronologies, maps, and other matters like dust jackets which might with a lesser author be deemed unworthy of notice, but which in Tolkien's case illuminate the painstaking care he took with every detail. Also included is a portion of a previously unpublished letter in which Tolkien describes The Lord of the Rings as a part of his larger literary/mythological work, and the Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings which Tolkien created to assist translators, and which has been published (incompletely) only once before.

As befits such a fine work of scholarship, A Reader's Companion is beautifully bound with a dust jacket which makes use of Tolkien's own designs. Although the book with its index runs nearly 900 pages, it is comfortable and pleasant to hold. The typeface, though it can be small at times, is clear. The page references are easy to interpret and can be applied to whichever of the many editions of The Lord of the Rings the reader may possess.

It seems likely that at least some future editions of The Lord of the Rings will include A Reader's Companion. First time readers will probably prefer not to read the annotations until they have become more familiar with the text. Once they have been swept up in the story they will find A Reader's Companion enhances their experience. Those of us fortunate enough to have read The Lord of the Rings not just once but many times will immediately recognize A Reader's Companion's value and will cherish it as well.
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