For all who journey to Middle Earth, here is the complete guide to its legends, history, languages, and peoples - revised and expanded throughout to cover THE SILMARILLION, and the events that set the stage for the Ring trilogy. THE NEW TOLKIEN COMPANION will guide the reader through this fascinating labyrinth. The author has compiled almost every know fact, name, "Foreign" word, date, and etymological allusion occurring in professor Tolkien's history of the Middle Earth of long ago into one complete and accessible concordance. It includes much of the High History of the Elven peoples; it sheds new light on the origins of Morgoth the Enemy, on his Fall, and on the subsequent rise to power of his servant, Sauron the Great, Lord of the Rings; it details the long and heroic story of how the various Freee Peoples - Elves, Men, Ents, Dwarves, and Hobbits - attempted to maintain themselves against the greatest peril of the Ancient world. There is also a detailed guide to the various Elvish writing systems, together with explanatory maps, charts, and genealogical tables developed by the compiler and drawn by Kevin Reilly. J.E.A. Tyler is an author and journalist specializing in music, historical biography, and matters archaeological and anthropological. the Houston Chronicle said "This is a must for a Trilogy reader. Tyler has made 10,000 years of Hobbit history manageable."