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Tolkien's Worlds: The places that inspired the writer's imagination

May 14, 2019 (edited)
2019/5/14 14:32:14 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

This new book from renowned Tolkien expert John Garth connects the places which inspired Tolkien with their eventual appearances in his work. Organised by theme, Tolkien’s Worlds offers an illustrated biography of one of the world’s best-loved authors, an exploration of the relationship between worlds real and fantastical, and an inspiration for anyone who wants to follow in Tolkien’s footsteps. Featuring over 100 images, the book includes Tolkien’s own illustrations, maps, archive images and spectacular present-day photographs.

Published 4th February 2020 in the UK and March 2020 in the US/Canada at the moment.

Tolkien's Worlds on Amazon.co.uk

For US and Canada, you can order from Princeton University Press

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May 12
2020/5/12 6:33:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Amazon have 'a look inside the book' on the website, looks very interesting.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/07 ... tle_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

From John on Twitter, Copies of THE WORLDS OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN are arriving already, though official publication date isn't till 9 June. I guess that at the moment sellers are keen to keep stock moving rather than sitting in warehouses. It's thrilling to see copies landing, anyway!
May 12
2020/5/12 11:15:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
My order arrived yesterday, had a quick look through, it is a wonderful book from first glances. I can't wait to delve into it.
May 12 (edited)
2020/5/12 11:52:37 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

onthetrail wrote:
My order arrived yesterday, had a quick look through, it is a wonderful book from first glances. I can't wait to delve into it.

Not saying have a look at page 23 first, and a mention of Sir William Orpen

Links to this https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... t_id=16096#forumpost16096, onthetrail you are also in the thread that is mentioned.
May 12
2020/5/12 13:17:57 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
that is so great and an example of how well John has researched this book.
May 12
2020/5/12 13:28:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

onthetrail wrote:
that is so great and an example of how well John has researched this book.

I'm really pleased that this website is acknowledged in the book, very well deserved
May 12
2020/5/12 13:50:01 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
With the existence of this book, hopefully those fake, click-bait articles about places inspiring Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings will go away.
May 12
2020/5/12 15:13:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Could John not have imagined a better title?! :D
(Also, what happened to "Tolkien's Worlds"?)

Seriously, is there not already a book called The World of Tolkien? This is practically the same title. We live in a world of internet search engines; that title just isn't... unique enough. Sure, Garth is uncommon...
May 12
2020/5/12 15:30:43 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I was actually kidding but...

The World of Tolkien
Mitchell Beazley

Tolkien's World
Paintings of Middle-earth

Tolkien's World
A Colouring Book

The Illustrated World of Tolkien
David Day

Guide to Tolkien's World — A Bestiary
David Day

I think there's probably more! ;)
May 12
2020/5/12 15:48:44 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
With the existence of this book, hopefully those fake, click-bait articles about places inspiring Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings will go away.

Those articles and claims will never vanish because there is money to made from visitors going to these places and advertising clicks for websites. And after all if it brings more people to the books then so be it.

There are some absolutely terrible suggestions though about places Tolkien was inspired by. At least with John we know that has followed the evidence and will only make claims that he is absolute confident about.
May 12
2020/5/12 15:53:17 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:

onthetrail wrote:
that is so great and an example of how well John has researched this book.

I'm really pleased that this website is acknowledged in the book, very well deserved

It is very well deserved
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