Home  |  Ordering  |  Contact Us  |  View Shopping Cart

Understanding Middle-Earth: Essays on Tolkien's Middle-Earth
by Michael Martinez

Quality Paperback

ISBN 1-58776-145-9

List Price: $19.99

512 pgs

"UNDERSTANDING MIDDLE-EARTH will appeal to a majority who have fallen in love with the place, and want to know more, plus a minority who are studying Tolkien as an academic subject." - SFSite March 2005

"UNDERSTANDING MIDDLE-EARTH is just plain fun for the hard-core Tolkien enthusiast, and it gives plenty to chew on!" - YetAnotherBookReview.com


Michael Martinez begins a comprehesive study of Tolkien's imaginery history by "Browsing the Compleat Middle-Earth Library". His trademark conversational tone and style introduce Tolkien's readers to new persepctives on Elves, Hobbits, Numenorians, and other fantastic inhabitants of Middle-Earth.

Advising that "...if you really want to see where it all came from...you first need to see what it all is", Martinez explores Tolkien's pseudo-history in detail, analyzing the motivations and values of Middle-Earth's civilizations as described by Tolkien himself. Extensive research on Tolkien's Second Age, a mysterious era spanning thousands of years, illuminates the second "fall" of Tolkien's Elves, who made the dreadful Rings of Power, withheld vital knowledge from their allies, and exposed all of Middle-Earth to Sauron's evil.

Finally, Martinez provides a wealth of insightful commentary, quoting Tolkien's letters and his son Christopher's extensive documentation, on those of Tolkien's sources which are often missed by other researchers.

You will never look at Middle-Earth the same way again after reading Understanding Middle-Earth.

About the Author:

Michael Martinez has been active in science fiction and fantasy fandom for many years. He organized the first Hercules and Xena fan programming track for Dragoncon, North America's largest fan-run science fiction convention, in 1998. In 2000, he moved on to organize Dragoncon's Tolkien and Middle-Earth fan programming track. As a widely recognized expert on Tolkien's Middle-Earth mythology, Martinez has been called upon by companies around the world to share his insight for their special Tolkien projects. His research has appeared in numerous Tolkien journals, and he launched the long-running and popular Tolkien and Middle-Earth topic for the Suite101 website in late 1999.