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The Tolkien and Middle Earth Handbook

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:24 pm    Post subject: The Tolkien and Middle Earth Handbook Reply with quote



Noticed this book in a local sh shop. I've been trying to read the Silmarillion but the sheer volume of nouns forced me to put the book down after only several chapters. The book above could useful. It might be the only book I will read from A right the way through to Z.

The Silmarillion has some wonderful imagery, but without a story to bind them with it's almost like reading a phone book. This Handbook of Middle Earth might be the key I need.

It's a first edition with around 300 pages (1992) and the cover is illustrated by a favorite artist of mine, Rodney Matthews. His style is so like Roger Dean of Yes - whether I read this book or not I'm glad to have this on my bookshelf.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:45 pm    Post subject: Re: The Tolkien and Middle Earth Handbook Reply with quote

Krazy Kat wrote:
I've been trying to read the Silmarillion but the sheer volume of nouns forced me to put the book down after only several chapters.



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Adunaic
On the great island of Numenor, Adunaic was the common language of the Dunedain, the men of the West. It was the ancestor of Westron, or Common Speech, represented by English in Tolkien's writings about Middle-earth.
The name derives from adun, 'west'.
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Adunakhor, Ar-
In the Second Age (born 2899), he was the nineteenth king of Numenor. Symbolically, he broke with tradition and took his name in Aduniac rather than in Elvish. It blasphemously means 'Lord of the West'. He forbade the use of Elven Languages and persecuted those faithful to the true West and the rule of Iluvatar.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! I, personally, always perferred the Silmarillion to LotR. I appreciated it even more with the letter Christopher Tolkien included at the beggining of the 2nd ed. It adds a lot of insight into the theme of the entire work.
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