Why We Love Middle-Earth: An Enthusiast’s Book About Tolkien, Middle-Earth, and the LotR Fandom

Mango. Sept. 2023. 348p. ISBN 9781684812097. pap. $22.99. REF
Written for new or casual fans, but with material to enlighten those deeply entrenched in Tolkien’s legendarium, Marchese and Sisto (hosts of the podcast Prancing Pony) share insights both scholarly (with ample footnotes) and irreverent (with chapter names like “Sequel, Schmequel” and “Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes: Tolkien in Adaptation”). The book makes suggestions for the best Tolkien reading journey, enumerates high points and shortcomings of adaptations, and discusses collecting, moots (or conferences), and online fandoms.
VERDICT A delightful addition to most libraries. Expect an uptick in circulation of other Tolkien-related books and DVDs after purchase.
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