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Revised edition of The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide published

A revised and expanded edition of Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond’s The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide has been published today.

The Companion and Guide is a comprehensive reference work on the life, writings, and art of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The new edition is made up of a one-volume chronology of Tolkien’s life and a two-volume reader’s guide.

The first edition was published in the autumn of 2006. Explaining the need for an revised edition, Scull and Hammond said that they “have to continued to gather information about Tolkien, and in the ten years since the Companion and Guide appeared more works by Tolkien have been published, as well as a considerable amount of Tolkien scholarship and criticism.”

The revised and expanded J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide has a list price of £120

From the publisher

Stunning three-volume slipcased set containing the most comprehensive in-depth companion to Tolkien’s life and works ever published, including synopses of all his writings, and a Tolkien gazetteer, who’s who and chronology.

The three volumes contained in this slipcase, written by two of the foremost experts on J.R.R. Tolkien, comprise the definitive handbook to one of the most popular authors of the 20th century. Tolkien’s progress is traced from his birth in South Africa in 1892, to the battlefields of France and the lecture-halls of Leeds and Oxford, to his success as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, until his death in 1973. His many academic and literary achievements, his public reception, and his enduring fame are examined in detail.

The first volume in this set is a Chronology of Tolkien’s life and works, the most extensive biographical resource about him ever published. Thousands of details have been drawn from letters, contemporary documents in libraries and archives, and a wide variety of other published and unpublished sources. Assembled together, they form a portrait of Tolkien in all his aspects: the distinguished scholar of Old and Middle English, the capable teacher and administrator, the devoted husband and father, the brilliant creator of Middle-earth.

The second and third volumes, the Reader’s Guide, is an indispensable introduction to Tolkien’s life, writings, and art. It includes histories and discussions of his works; analyses of the components of his vast ‘Silmarillion’ mythology; brief biographies of persons important in his life; accounts of places he knew; essays on topics such as Tolkien’s interests and attitudes towards contemporary issues, ideas found in his works, adaptations, and invented languages; and checklists of his published works, his poetry, his pictorial art, and translations of his writing.

About the Author: Daniel Helen

Daniel is an Officer without Portfolio and Trustee of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2014, he is mainly responsible for the Society’s digital operations, including this website.


  • Looks to be a bit of a delay in the launch, most Internet sites such as Amazon, Book Depository, etc. do not have any stock as yet.

    • Not surprising, but it does make me look foolish!

    • Dima Kharkivskyi

      It is out of stock because sold out. Same thing was with Deluxe edition of HOME. One month later it was again in stock .

      • Bill Lloyd

        According to Wayne and Christina’s blog it’s been delayed. https://wayneandchristina.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/publication-day-plus-one/

        • Dima Kharkivskyi

          In commentary to your link page there are few people telling their copy has already been dispatched or even received. Mine dispatching on Amazon.co.uk is set on Monday 06.11.17. I guess if it will be sent and if so, what quality of copy can I receive.

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  • David Jett

    I was surprised how quickly this was shipped to me all the way in the US. The estimated delivery date was the 24th, and here it is the 17th and it arrived 🙂