The Illustrated World of Tolkien is a book curated from nine books published earlier, namely the original Tolkien Bestiary (1979), Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (1992), The World of Tolkien: Mythological Sources of Lord of the Rings (2002) and the six-volume reference library from 2013 which looks like it was reprinted in 2020.
This book is a larger format hardcover with 238 pages. It's a book written for fans of Tolkien obviously so fans will definitely get the most out of this since they already know the story and now you get beautiful artworks and additional commentary. The book covers all aspects of the mythology and lore surrounding Middle-earth and the Undying Lands.
The artworks are printed huge and just satisfying to look at. All the artists were properly credited. The accompanying text is insightful and dives deep into the origin of the characters, monsters and places. There is a lot to read. David Day, author of five major books on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, has done a terrific job with this book.
For US $19, price on Amazon at the time of this review, this book is really worth the money.
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