The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien:
The Places that Inspired Middle-earth

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‘Magnificent. The commentary is great, really thoroughly researched; the pictures are stunning’ — Tom Shippey, author of The Road to Middle-earth.

From world-renowned Tolkien expert John Garth comes the authoritative exploration of the real-world locations that lie behind the legendarium, and the wider inspirations behind Middle-earth’s incomparably rich landscapes, realms, towers, and more.

Packed with insights and gorgeous images, including many artworks by Tolkien.

◼︎ Read an excerpt at LitHub.

◼︎ What readers and critics say

◼︎ Unboxing video by John Garth with chapter-by-chapter comments.

◼︎ John Garth talks about The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien with the Prancing Pony Podcast, the Marion E. Wade Center for the study of Tolkien and others, AbeBooks’ Behind the Bookshelves podcast, and the German Tolkien Society (in English apart from the brief introduction).

◼︎ Editions (with bookstore links) in English (UK and US), French, Russian, Czech, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Hungarian, German, Chinese and Japanese

 

What readers and critics say

◼︎ ‘A fascinating, gorgeously illustrated and thought-provoking examination of the landscapes, cities and architecture that inspired Tolkien during his lifelong creation of Middle-earth. Garth, a journalist as well as a Tolkien scholar, proves an exceptional guide to Middle-earth … Masterful book.’ — Elizabeth Hand, Washington Post.

Garth Worlds of JRR Tolkien◼︎ ‘Ostensibly it’s about the landscapes that inspired Middle-Earth; but it’s also, unavoidably, a history of the man and his ideas. For me this book was irresistible … It is a beautiful book, physically speaking – bound in rich textured hardback and filled with beautiful illustrations, including many wonderful pictures by Tolkien himself … Garth’s book made me realise the impact that Tolkien has had on my life.’ — Tom Chivers, The Times.

◼︎ ‘Magnificent. The commentary is great, really thoroughly researched; the pictures are stunning.’ — Tom Shippey, author of The Road to Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century

◼︎ ‘John Garth is the leading Tolkien critic of the present generation as T.A. Shippey is in his. Garth … fills this new book with beautiful, opulent maps and photographs that animate the lush atmosphere of Tolkien's real and conjured worlds and yield great visual pleasure. At the same time Garth provides deep access to Tolkien’s craft.’ — Nicholas Birns, American Library Association’s Choice magazine.

◼︎ ‘If you love Tolkien’s work and want to know more about where it came from, this book is for you. And if you know anyone else who is, and does, their next birthday or Christmas present is sorted.’ — Mortal Engines author Philip Reeve.

Garth Worlds of JRR Tolkien◼︎ ‘It's magisterial and beautiful, and the book I've been waiting for since I was 9. Thank you.’ — Sunday Times reviewer James McConnachie.

◼︎ ‘From tree-woven lands to waterworlds, if you like Tolkien, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings then you need this book on your shelves. A beautiful tome, crammed with fantastic images & research beyond excellence … Landscape history meets literature.’ — Mary-Ann Ochota, broadcaster and authoer of Secret Britain: Unearthing Our Mysterious Past

◼︎ Masterful study … Each page illuminates with insights and dazzles with details.’ — Mike Foster, Mythlore.

◼︎ ‘This wonderful book is a collectable must … a scholarly work of art.’ — Weekend Sport.

◼︎ ‘Really is a fine achievement, wonderfully well supported by the gallery of illustrations and notes … There's scarcely a page margin that I haven't pencil marked, and I'll certainly be revisiting the book. I've ended by learning a great deal and thoroughly enjoying myself.’ — Norse Myths author Kevin Crossley-Holland.

 

First published in 2020

Garth – Worlds of JRR Tolkien UK UK
The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien
The Places that Inspired Middle-earth

Frances Lincoln
9 June
◼︎ Buy at Amazon, Blackwells, Hive
Garth - Worlds of JRR Tolkien US US
The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien
The Places that Inspired Middle-earth

Princeton University Press
9 June
◼︎ Buy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Garth - Les Mondes de Tolkien

France
Les Mondes de Tolkien
Les lieux qui on inspiré la Tierre du Milieu

Translated by Xavier Hanart
Hachette Heroes
25 November
︎ Buy at FNAC, Decitre, Amazon

Garth – Worlds of JRR Tolkien Russian

Russia
Миры Дж. Р. Р. Толкина
Реальный мир легендарного Средиземья

Translated by Constantin Pirozhkov
AST
27 November
︎ Buy at Book24

Published in 2021

Garth – Los Mundos de J.R.R. Tolkien

Spain
Los Mundos de J.R.R. Tolkien
Los Lugares que Inspiraron al Escritor
Translated by Martin Simonson
Minotauro
3 February
◼︎ Buy at PopularLibros, Amazon, Fnac

Garth - Die Erfindung von Mittelerde

Germany
Die Erfindung von Mittelerde
Was Tolkien zu Mordor, Bruchtal und Hobbingen inspirierte

Translated by Andreas Schiffmann
WBG
4 February
◼︎ Buy at KulturKaufhaus, Amazon

Garth – Světy J.R.R. Tolkiena Czech Republic
Světy J.R.R. Tolkiena
Místa, Která Inspirovala Středozem

Translated by Vít Penkala
Argo

5 February
◼︎ Buy at Kosmas, Martinus
Garth - I Mondi di JRR Tolkien Italy
I Mondi di J.R.R. Tolkien
I luoghi che hanno inspirato la Terra di Mezzo

Translated by Stefanno Giorgianni
Mondadori
16 February
◼︎ Buy at IBS, Amazon, Libraccio
Garth - JRR Tolkienin Maailmat

Finland
J.R.R. Tolkienin Maailmat
Näin syntyi Keski-Maa

Translated by Jaakko Kankaanpaa
WSOY

26 February
◼︎ Buy at Adlibris, Akateeminen, Suomalainen

Garth - Tolkien Világai

Hungary
Tolkien Világai
Középfölde Helyszíneinek Ihletői
Translated by Németh Anikó
Corvina
26 February
◼︎ Buy at Libri

Garth – Worlds of JRR Tolkien – Chinese

China
托尔金的世界
Translated by Joy Teng and Ecthelion
YoYoYo iDearBook
September (provisional date)

(Further details to be confirmed)

Japan
Hyoronsha

Autumn 2021

 

 

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The Worlds of
J.R.R. Tolkien


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