A Guide to Middle-earth
Front of wrap-around dust jacket
|Cover artist||Tim Kirk|
|Published||1971 (Mirage Press, Baltimore, Maryland)|
|Media type||Hardcover and Paperback|
|Followed by||The Complete Guide to Middle-earth (revised and expanded edition)|
A Guide to Middle-earth was the first published encyclopedic reference book for the fictional universe of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, compiled and edited by Robert Foster. The book was published in 1971 by Mirage Press, a specialist science fiction and fantasy publisher, in a limited edition of 2000 copies (750 numbered hardcovers and 1250 unnumbered paperbacks). A paperback edition was issued by Ballantine Books in 1974.
The author profile on the first edition describes Robert Foster as the then-"Tengwar Consultant" to the Tolkien Society of America, and the book incorporates material previously published in the science fiction fanzine Niekas (see also Tolkien fandom).
A much-expanded edition incorporating entries for The Silmarillion was issued in 1978 by Ballantine under the title The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, and a further revised edition (ISBN 0-345-44976-2) was published in 2001 in time for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
- See Drout, Michael D. C., ed.: J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia, Routledge, 2006, ISBN 0-415-96942-5, pp.655-656
- "Reading Room", If, September 1974, p.132
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