Tuesday, March 27, 2018

"An Atlas of Tolkien" by David Day

This is an extremely cool little book if you're into the world of Middle-earth like I am.  It's a total overview of the entire history of Tolkien's fantasy world, and I wish I'd had it when I read The Silmarillion a couple years ago, because I think it would've been really helpful for keeping people and events straight.  

I've had this on my shelf for a while, but when I sent my niece her own copy to celebrate the end of our studying The Lord of the Rings together, I decided I should read it myself instead of just looking at the pretty pictures once in a while.  So happy I did!  

(From my Instagram)

This doesn't go into great depth about any of the happenings in Tolkien's books, nor does it cover every event and mention every character.  It's just an overview, like I said. But it's a really good overview, and I enjoyed it a lot.  I also feel like I have a better grasp of Middle-earth history now than I did before, so yay!  It fit in nicely with my personal "My Years in Middle-earth" reading challenge, too.

This is my fifth book read and reviewed for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018.


  1. Interesting...I'll have to look up that book later on Goodreads. I'm just now starting the Simillarion and yes, I can now see where a timeline would be extremely helpful, LOL.


    1. Catherine, good luck reading The Silmarillion! It took me like 6 months :-o Hope it goes faster for you!

  2. I have this book, and it's been really helpful for me, too. Tolkien's books (other than LotR and The Hobbit) tend to be really confusing sometimes for me (especially when he references different characters and events I have no idea of!), and reading has become easier with this as a guide.

    1. Korin, so cool you've found it helpful too! (And some of the artwork is gorgeous, isn't it?)

  3. This looks really beautiful -- definitely need to check it out ;)


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