The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien Paperback – May 20 2003
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About the Author
All contributors are part of TheONeRing.net staff, the leading Tolkien fan website in the world. The editor of this book, Erica Challis, is a featured columnist on TheOneRing.net. She hails from New Zealand
Top Customer Reviews
And thus they made the biggest mistake an author could make: they screwed up the title of the book. This collection is not about J.R.R. Tolkien, nor is it a guide at all. It is a collection of thoughts about the fictional world Tolkien created.
Sadly, theonering.net is only popular because of its links to great information; not because of any information it presents itself. And so there's not much reason to read the thoughts of its staff. In fact, if someone is interested, he or she can read the same sort of thoughts for free all over the internet with little searching.
"The People's Guide" is not a bad book. It's just an unneccesary book. It's a chance for the techies to cash in on the popularity of the movies, and it's a chance for them to call themselves authors. My advice for consumers is to spend the money on real authors.
I'm sure this book will be enjoyable for many readers, notably those who are big fans of the website for which its authors write. I found some of the material in it entertaining myself. But I must strenuously object to its has being so misleadingly titled. With the burgeoning popularity of the books bolstered by the release of the Peter Jackson films, I'm concerned that there may be lots of people new to Tolkien looking for something to read that will help them make sense of it all, who will be attracted to this book because of its fallacious title. To anyone who is new to Tolkien's world, I can't emphasize more strongly that this book is NOT going to help you become oriented to the history, geography, mythology, of anything else concerning Middle-earth...or do much of anything else other than confuse you.
Fortunately, the helpful folks who put out the "For Dummies" series have risen to the challenge and provided a REAL guide to Tolkien's work, which I HIGHLY recommend to anyone who is looking for a clear, systematic introduction to Tolkien: The Origins of Tolkien's Middle-earth For Dummies.Read more ›
It is compilation of comments that are posted on a LOTR web site. As you would expect, there is little information that could be accepted as reliable. The writing style is difficult at times and occasionally very arrogant.
There is very little about Tolkien himself in the book. What it does provide in lieu of information about Tolkien are many opinions about LOTR books and movies. In fact, it spends a great many pages providing reviews of Peter Jackson's recent films.
It appears that little effort is made in the production of this book other than organizing the web postings into categories and adding cartoon illustrations of LOTR characters.
Regardless what the title suggests, this book doesn't provide information about J.R.R. Tolkien.
Most recent customer reviews
This volume, an essay collection not a "guide" of any sort, is a selection of the offerings at the website TheOneRing.net. Web essays can be entirely different in print. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by David Bratman
I thoroughly enjoyed this, it is really great. The TORN staff do a great job compiling some of the best stuff from their website for this. I couldn't recommend it higher. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by Matt T.
Virtually every fan of J.R.R. Tolkien has been to Theonering.net, the massive fan website that contains far-reaching news, rumors, info and discussions about Middle-Earth. Read morePublished on July 17 2003 by EA Solinas
This book is a must-own for any Tolkien or Inklings fan. The debates and controversies are excellent; indeed, I especially appreciate the open dialogue in here. Read morePublished on July 17 2003 by Bradley J. Birzer
This is an awesome book. I was not let down by it at all! This book provides great insight into the works of Tolkien. Read morePublished on May 26 2003
Some interesting essays for sure but most of it is recycled stuff a lot of Tolkien fans will have read before. Worth a gander if you are new to Tolkien. Read morePublished on May 23 2003
I was one of the fortunate ones to obtain this book at the Los Angeles Book Fair the day of its release. And even luckier to have a signed copy!! Read morePublished on May 19 2003 by Whirledtraveler
This book will be handy for those that are currently reading Tolkien's works as well as those who have already read them all and simply want to learn more. TheOneRing. Read morePublished on May 18 2003
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