The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion
|The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion|
|Author||Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull|
|Publisher||HarperCollins (UK) & Houghton Mifflin (US)|
|Format||Hardcover with dustjacket, Paperback|
- Rare or previously unpublished content
- A newly transcribed version of Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings. Another version of this was published as "Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings" in A Tolkien Compass (1975).
- Two versions of a formerly unpublished index of poems, characters, places and names or things in The Lord of the Rings: "Index questions" and The Lord of the Rings Index. Notes regarding characters and etymologies have been preserved.
- The missing part of Tolkien's 1951 letter to Milton Waldman, regarding the events of The Lord of the Rings, previously unpublished. The other parts have been published as Letter 131.
- The complete Scheme used by Tolkien to summarise the events of the entire book, including new contents and notes.
- Several early versions, drafts and schemes of The Lord of the Rings, most of them unpublished in The History of The Lord of the Rings.
- A reproduction of a manuscript page showing a synoptic time scheme used while writing The Lord of the Rings. It summarizes the movements of characters between the 8th and the 12th of March and several events up to the 20th.
- Formerly unpublished parts of "The Hunt for the Ring", in particular The Hunt for the Ring: Time Scheme - Black Riders and other missing manuscripts, schemes or drafts.
- Notes on significant changes made by the author and by Christopher Tolkien after his father's death
- Notes on significant changes of dates and events during the writing of The Lord of the Rings, or in different editions
- Brief references to illustrations, maps, and earlier versions of the text
- References to people, places, and events that appear in other books by Tolkien
- Explanations of archaic and unusual words
- Translations and primers on how to use Tolkien's invented languages