Synopses & Reviews
In The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien spun a clever web of wordplay and verbal hocus-pocus. Inspired by these linguistic games, master "hobbit investigator" David Day untangles the crafty puns and riddles, hidden meanings, and mythical associations that lie beneath the saga's thrilling surface. More than just a delightful study of an author who deeply loved and understood the intricacies of the English language (Tolkien helped compile the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary), this magnificently illustrated companion charms with its own beauty and enhances our understanding of one of the world's great masterpieces. Starting with the word "hobbit" itself, this illuminating guide moves on to examine Bilbo Baggins, the Gollum and the goblins, hobbit heritage and history, Buckland and Brandy Hall, Gandalf, Shire Society, the Fellowship, and much more. Intriguing to the uninitiated and enchanting to the enthusiast, this sparkling companion enhances the enjoyment of Tolkien's dark, mysterious world.
Master hobbit investigator David Day reveals the myriad crafty puns, riddles, hidden meanings, and mythical associations beneath the surface of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" saga, exposing the core of the author's intricate wordplay. Wonderful watercolor illustrations, character representations, and scenic renderings by renowned artist Lidia Postma bring the land of the hobbits to life.