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, Japanese, Polish, Croatian, Serbian and Slovakian.


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.

◼︎ ‘Not only a wonderfully rich and learned book, but beautiful as well. I’m sure Tolkien would have loved it.’ — Historian Tom Holland, author of Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind.

◼︎ ‘A guide to the inside of Tolkien’s mind, in its geographic, landscape, and geological facets … There is no guesswork or blithe assumption in this book… This is a well-researched work of synthesis, reinforced by Garth’s sharp and clear understanding of how Tolkien’s mind worked… One of the most valuable books out there for understanding Tolkien.’ — Tolkien Studies editor David Bratman.

◼︎ ‘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.

◼︎ ‘John Garth has written excellently on Tolkien’s formative wartime experiences in Tolkien and the Great War. The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien now brings near-nerdish knowledge to bear on other parts of Tolkien’s thought-universe, investigating other influences that molded Middle-earth … Erudite and exhaustive exploration of Tolkien’s compelling creation’ — Derek TurnerChronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.

First published in 2020

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

Frances Lincoln
9 June 2020
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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 2020
◼︎ Buy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Garth - Les Mondes de Tolkien

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

Translated by Xavier Hanart
Hachette Heroes
25 November 2020
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Garth – Worlds of JRR Tolkien Russian

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

Translated by Constantin Pirozhkov
27 November 2020
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First published in 2021

Garth – Los Mundos de J.R.R. Tolkien

Los Mundos de J.R.R. Tolkien
Los Lugares que Inspiraron al Escritor
Translated by Martin Simonson
3 February 2021
◼︎ Buy at PopularLibros, Amazon, Fnac

Garth - Die Erfindung von Mittelerde

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

Translated by Andreas Schiffmann
4 February 2021
◼︎ 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

5 February 2021
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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
16 February 2021
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Garth - JRR Tolkienin Maailmat

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

Translated by Jaakko Kankaanpaa

26 February 2021
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Garth - Tolkien Világai

Tolkien Világai
Középfölde Helyszíneinek Ihletői
Translated by Németh Anikó
26 February 2021
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中つ国の生れた場所 大型本

Translated by Kaori Numata, Tsukusu Ito and Junko Setogawa

1 October 2021
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First published in 2022

J.R.R. Tolkien i jego światy
Miejsca, z których wyrosło śródziemie

Translated by Joanna Kokot
16 February 2022
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Svjetovi J.R.R. Tolkiena
Mjesta koja su nadahnula Međuzemlje

Translated by Marko Maras
11 March 2022
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Svetovi Dž.R.R. Tolkina
Mesta Koja Su Bila Nadahnuće Za Srednju Zemlju
Data Status
September 2022

Svety J.R.R. Tolkiena: Miesta, ktoré inšpirovali Stredozem

Translated by Katarína Varsiková
September 2022
◼︎ Buy at Martinus

Published in 2023

Garth – Worlds of JRR Tolkien – Chinese

Translated by Joy Teng and Ecthelion
YoYoYo iDearBook
September 2021


The Worlds of
J.R.R. Tolkien

UK hardback
John Garth – The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien

US hardback
John Garth – The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien

To buy in French, Russian, Czech, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Hungarian, German, or another language
see links here

Tolkien and
the Great War

UK paperback/ebook
John Garth Writer Tolkien And The Great War

US paperback/ebook
Tolkien and the Great War HMH

Audiobook read by
John Garth

Amazon UK, Audible UK,
Audible US

To buy in Italian, German, French, Spanish or Polish,
see links here

Tolkien at
Exeter College

Garth, Tolkien at Exeter College

© John Garth 2006