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Complete Guide vs. Complete Companion?
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Any thoughts on which is better/how these two compare:

Robert Foster's The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth

J.E.A. Tyler's The Complete Tolkien Companion

Descriptions suggest they have similar goals/are trying to be similar things (A to Z list of things).

Tyler's is longer, which is a plus, but Foster's is the one I hear mentioned all the time, which suggests it is the more accepted/appreciated work.

Thoughts?

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For my personal copies (not the most recent editions), I much prefer Foster's guide, as every entry has page references to the original source. Tyler doesn't do that (again, in my copy - perhaps a more recent edition has added this).

[Edit: If helpful, you can "look inside" the Tyler volume for an idea of what it contains on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jM1d0B ]

I tend not to use these references much any more. Either/both are good to have, though, in my opinion.

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As an additional note - I tend not to use Foster/Tyler any more because I have been spending much time in the Reader's Guide and Reader's Companion volumes from Scull/Hammond. Well worth getting! Not exactly the same purpose, though.

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Urulöké wrote:
As an additional note - I tend not to use Foster/Tyler any more because I have been spending much time in the Reader's Guide and Reader's Companion volumes from Scull/Hammond. Well worth getting! Not exactly the same purpose, though.


I have to agree with Urulöké, I have both of these books but tend to use Scull & Hammond's excellent Reader's Guide and Reader's Companion.

If you don't have a copy then a revised edition is coming out later this year, probably in September

https://wayneandchristina.wordpress.co ... mpanion-and-guide-2nd-ed/

Posted on: 2/5 5:05:39






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