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u/rabbithasacat · 8 pointsr/tolkienfans

I strongly suggest you disregard advice to buy ANY book by David Day. They are not accurate, and are full of stuff he just makes up. Day is the laughingstock of the fandom; he's even been banned by the Tolkien Society from attending their future events.

But don't worry, there's lots of good-quality stuff out there for your husband to treasure!

If he has read only The Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy, look for an attractive edition of The Silmarillion (there are many). This is the great backstory to Lord of the Rings, the legendary past that constantly gets referred to in LOTR. If he hasn't read it yet, that's the Next Big Step for a Tolkien fan.

If he's already read the Silmarillion, Check his shelf to see whether he already has a copy of Karen Wynn Fonstad's Atlas of Middle-earth. If not, that's definitely a great gift for him or any Tolkien fan. "A book of maps" doesn't do it justice -- it's not just geography, but changes over time, populations, heroic journeys, and famous battles, all laid out in a way that keeps you turning the page in a way you wouldn't with a real-life atlas. The way the maps are presented also helps the reader visuallize the progression of the Ages of the World, even though there's not a dedicated timeline.

If he has both of these, go for a copy of Unfinished Tales, which contains extra material that didn't make it into the published LOTR and Silmarillion. He'll love the extras about the Palantiri and what Gandalf got up to while Bilbo and the Dwarves were making do without him.

If he has all that, you have choices to make. If he's graphic's oriented, he may like the John Howe decorative map set or the Alan Lee sketchbook or half a dozen options from artists who've tackled Tolkien. If he's a calendar guy, you can pick from at least that many popular options every year.

If he's a hardcore reader who has made it through the Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales and still wants more, he may want to take the deep dive into the 12-volume History of Middle-earth, which is very affordable now that it's in good-quality paperback. But you probably want to check with him on that before buying them all; some volumes are, well, pretty hardcore in their density, and some are best read sequentially. One that would be fine as a standalone is Vol. 12, The Peoples of Middle-earth. Lots of good lore and interesting things in that one.

u/belegdal · 5 pointsr/tolkienfans

I was attending a small private Catholic high school when the LotR movies came out. My friends and I were already fans of LotR (I had already read it nearly ten times), but to us the surging popularity of LotR in addition to the strong Catholic identity of Tolkien and his mythos combined to make his work a really big deal among my group of friends.

I think that of all my friends, I was the most familiar with the broader lore of Middle-Earth. I gobbled up the Appendices, the Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales. I was fascinated by the detailed backstory and Tolkien's incredible attention to culture and especially the languages and alphabets. I can remember taking notes in class using the runes used in the Hobbit, and writing stuff in the Tengwar as well.

Our high school taught Latin as part of the curriculum. In my final year of high school, a friend and I started a project to translate the Hobbit into Latin. Our traslation sucked in hindsight, and we didn't get very far, but it was a lot of fun to work on. (We posted it online if anyone's interested).

I still love Tolkien's works, but my life doesn't revolve around them the way it did then. The recent release of Mark Walker's Hobbitus Ille was very exciting though!

u/Insanitarium · 2 pointsr/tolkienfans

You didn't link the slipcase green edition, but assuming you're talking about this one: I grew up with a '70s edition of that one in my house, and always thought it had a gravitas and significance greater than other books. The multicolored ink, the foldout map, the font choices, the foil stamping, the fact that it's all Tolkien (his art, his words, nothing else)... it's just lovely. I think the perfect presentation of the work.

I don't know how well it would go with the LOTR edition you're getting, but if I was looking for a definitive copy of the Hobbit (I already have the Annotated one and a cheap paperback, neither of which I'm a huge fan of) I'd definitely go that route.

u/jekyl42 · 11 pointsr/tolkienfans

Oh, those are great posters. I visited the Bodelian years ago but didn't even think to check and see if they had a gift shop!

My gift recommendation would be The Atlas of Middle Earth, by Karen Wynn Fonstad. It's comprehensive, covering all of the books (I found the Silmarillion maps particularly helpful), and it is large, physically, probably at least 10"x14" so the maps are pretty easy to read. I received it as a gift myself, and it has become the non-Tolkien work I reference most when reading him.

u/danjvelker · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

I've had excellent times with this set right here. It's an excellent price, the books are hardcover, lightly illustrated, and beautiful both with the dust covers on (you can see the white covers there) and without (each book is a lovely brown with the an illustration embossed in red and gold). It's a bit secondary, but each book also contains a fold-out map in the back that's of excellent quality and even comes in color. I truly believe this is the best way to go, unless you have hundreds of dollars to shell out for a collector's set.

u/ety3rd · 6 pointsr/tolkienfans

I'll tell you what I did and, hopefully, it'll work out for you, too.

(I'm in the US, so your results may vary.)

Books 1 - 5 were readily available in paperback and are fairly cheap here (about $6 each).

Books 6 - 8 are often called The History of the Lord of the Rings and I got mine in a bundled set. Amazon currently has them separate and about $11 each. But BEWARE the fourth book in the bundle, titled Sauron Defeated. That's only the first part of Book 9.

Books 9 - 12 are nearly unavailable in the US. I found some on ebay years ago for $50 and more each. That's when I discovered Yes. Looking there now, I see them at about $12 each right now and they're worth it. Very lovely covers ... I almost wish I got all of mine from there. (There was also a 13th book, an index for all twelve volumes. I got it, too)

I did some quick math and it looks like you could them all for between $100 and $130, depending on if you can find that LOTR bundle or just buy them separately.

Or you could spend $164 and just buy this complete set and save the effort.

I also would recommend The History of The Hobbit, a two-volume set from John Rateliff (since Christopher Tolkien didn't include the details in the History). Here's the first one, Mr. Baggins from the Amazon UK site, just $12. The set is about $50 on the US Amazon site.

u/pfr_77 · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

ballantine 1973 paperbacks

houghton mifflin 1999 trade paperback (my first set, heart eyes)

houghton mifflin 80s hardcover set (had my eye on these for Years and my gf bought me the box set for my bday, more heart eyes) $38 on amazon rn (apparently there's a hobbit hardcover that matches these? i need it)

there's a really nice big coffee table-ish hardcover of the silmarillion with lots of illustrations by ted nasmith. it's huge though (almost as big as TWOIAF) and surprisingly heavy and I don't think I actually have a way to comfortably read it right now? ymmv though

u/_adanedhel_ · 5 pointsr/tolkienfans

The Encyclopedia of Arda is fairly decent - in my experience, accurate, but pretty thin on the content/details. This is probably because it's not a wiki and put together by one person. Tolkien Gateway is another one - it's a wiki so it's much more fleshed out than Encyclopedia of Arda. If you're open to non-web works, my favorite resource is Robert Foster's Complete Guide to Middle-Earth. It's a pretty cheap and comprehensive encyclopedia-style work, and I like it being a book because I often write notes in it and add post-its and whatnot.

u/pridd_du · 3 pointsr/tolkienfans

A few thoughts:

At one point Lewis and Tolkien were going to write companion novels about space and time. You can see echoes of this in the last chapter of Out of the Silent Planet, the first book in CSL's Space Trilogy when he mentions that space has been cut off from human travel and now any future voyages would be through time. There's also echoes of what might have been in JRRT's Notion Club Papers, which has a time-travel element, but was never published.

In addition, JRRT did not care for the Narnia series because he felt it lacked a coherent theme. However, in the controversial Planet Narnia, Michael Ward posits that CSL actually did have a theme: the medieval view of the planets (The Seven Heavens). There are definitely intriguing arguments made in the book, especially as he combines information from Narnia and the Space Trilogy into his thesis. I wouldn't say it's iron-clad, but if I was still in education, or had the luxury to write papers, this is an area I'd love to explore in depth - specifically the influence of Charles Williams on the evolution of CSL's thought.

If you're interested in aspects of their backgrounds that influenced their worldviews, I would recommend The Discarded Image from CSL (on medieval literature - my favorite CSL book) and The Road to Middle-Earth by Tom Shippey (on the philological undergirding of Middle-Earth). The Humprey Carpenter books are also good (JRRT Letters, Tolkien bio, Inklings bio) as are CSL's letters.

u/eremiticjude · 3 pointsr/tolkienfans

Its in Morgoth's Ring, but you can also find pdfs of it excerpted if you google around. That said, i highly recommend picking up Morgoth's Ring. Its arguably my favorite of the histories. Its got a ton of super interesting stuff in it.

u/ebneter · 2 pointsr/tolkienfans

The UK Deluxe Edition is my favorite, I only wish it had Tolkien's original dust jacket.

The edition illustrated by Jemima Catlin is also really cool; I love her illustrations.

u/Gand · 6 pointsr/tolkienfans

Karen Wynn Fonstad's The Atlas of Middle-Earth is a great companion read to the Silmarillion. It covers much of the history as well and is a great read for anyone who loves maps.

u/cheeseshirecat · 4 pointsr/tolkienfans

I can't speak to hardcover editions of LotR as I still haven't committed to those myself, but I would recommend that whatever version you get, get an ebook version too - being able to search the text is absolutely wonderful, particularly if you also have a copy of The Complete Guide To Middle Earth by Robert Foster.

As an aside, this version of the Silmarillion is very nice.

u/Ciryaquen · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

If you are ok with a single volume edition, then this is the best one I've personally owned.

Apparently there are two different versions floating around, one dark grey and the other dark blue.

I bought mine from Amazon about a year ago and mine looked like this one.

Seems like there's a chance you could end up with this one though.

u/thornybacon · 2 pointsr/tolkienfans

>I meant collecting things with a similar suit outside the most popular books is simply impossible because publishing is not uniform across Tolkien's work.

Ah, yes that's true, new material is being published every so often, and old material is sometimes reprinted, but no there isn't a uniform style, format, binding (or even publisher in some cases), but I suppose it does make the collectors market more interesting...

>While I would not pass the chance to get it if I found it at an affordable price...

...I think the cheapest I've seen a purported copy offered for sale at, was $30,000...

>Edit: -> According to that wikipedia link, a final revision came out in 2001!

I don't have my copy to hand so I can't check the copyright/publication dates, but I have this edition:

if 2002 is correct then yes looks like it is a 3rd edition.

I think it is getting re-released again later this year anyway...

u/LWRellim · 5 pointsr/tolkienfans

The $1800 set is a "collectors hard cover edition" (archival quality, acid-free paper that won't yellow or deteriorate, etc).

Other "complete sets" that you will find on ebay and such are generally first edition hard cover.

What you want to do -- for reading purposes -- is pick up the first five in a paperback boxed set, and then start shopping the used bookstores for the remaining volumes (they've been published in various formats, hard cover, paperback, mass-market paperback, etc.) -- and single volumes are typically pretty cheap (especially the paperback editions), and often they are in pretty good shape, because most people really don't read the things.

Also, if you have NOT already purchased AND read BOTH "The Silmarillion" and "Unfinished Tales", you need to get and read those first... because if you've only read LoTR and/or The Hobbit... well, HoME is probably just going to be almost incomprehensible and "crazy shit" to you. (Ignibus is correct, HoME is not everyone's "cup of tea", and a good indicator is whether you really LOVE Silmarillion/Unfinished Tales -- if you don't think they are GRRRREAATT! then you're probably not going to like HoME.)

u/wgpubs · 2 pointsr/tolkienfans

For The Hobbit, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of The Annotated Hobbit by Doug Anderson! Gives you a decent bio on Tolkien, the backdrop for how The Hobbit came to be, and a running commentary throughout that is pure awesome. A treasure you'll read multiple times guaranteed!

Not sure if anything like it exists for LOTR. If so, I'd love to know!

u/The_Tolkienator · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

I bought the set in question in 2012, and this is the link to the item's page from my order history: The Lord of the Rings

I believe it's the same as the one you posted, so I say go for it! The price sounds right and the picture is accurate. Amazon's reviews have a way of getting jumbled. And if it's not right, their returns are a breeze on Prime-eligible items. Good luck! It's an absolutely beautiful set of books.

u/halligan8 · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

The Silmarillion Primer is an excellent blog that summarizes each chapter in a humorous way and puts everything in context with what you learned in other chapters.

The Atlas of Middle-Earth has great maps that show the movement of characters.

u/bstampl1 · 4 pointsr/tolkienfans

Unfinished Tales.

Also, I really recommend Robert Foster's Complete Guide to Middle-Earth. It's nice to have as a supplemental resource. It's essentially a handy encyclopedia of LotR/Hobbit/Silmarillion. Very easy to pick up and read a section here or there if you come across a name or place you can't quite recall

u/HollaWho · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

I recognize that everyone has their own budgets, but I can vouch for this $40 hard cover set on amazon. I just bought it a month ago. The books are very sturdy and has great print.

u/Skweres88 · 7 pointsr/tolkienfans

Please let me make this abundantly clear, I am not saying Tolkien is a racist in any way shape or form, simply that he did use race as an influence in his works.

“The dwarves of course are quite obviously, wouldn’t you say that in many ways they remind you of the Jews? Their words are Semitic, obviously, constructed to be Semitic. The hobbits are just rustic English people,” Its in the last few minutes of this interview


“I do think of the ‘Dwarves’ like Jews,” he writes (Letters, p. 229), “at once native and alien in their habitations, speaking the languages of the country, but with an accent due to their own private tongue.” From the Letters of J.R.R. Tolkein

This one is pretty obvious to me, maybe not racist in a hatred, but definitely using a race as an influence. But the greed for gold doesn't really help.

u/Cmr017 · 15 pointsr/tolkienfans

I like this version. Not abridged but the illustrations are great: ilustrated Hobbit

u/senface · 2 pointsr/tolkienfans

The answers you seek lie within the books , and “waiting for a nice hardcover set” sounds like you are just purposefully stalling yourself.

Pick this set up, it’s super affordable and gets you right to it.

u/PurelySC · 3 pointsr/tolkienfans

I have this edition, and I quite like it.

But really, it's probably best if you look through several editions and pick the one that appeals to you the most.

u/CrimsonSpy · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

I'm not sure if this fits your guidelines, as they were pretty vague. The Annotated Hobbit is a great resource. Available on Amazon for $20.

u/person95 · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

I love my 50th anniversary Lord of the Rings. Sturdy book, all books in one tome, and it looks classy and refined.

u/coolaswhitebread · 3 pointsr/tolkienfans

My experience with the silmerilian the first couple of times that I read it was that it was nearly impossible to remember all of the names. I would mix up finwe with finarfan with feanor with fingolfin and so on. What I found helpful was This Guide to middle earth by robert foster. It has every character and place listed, and if you forget what something is you can do a quick review just by flipping through it. Eventually, you'll be able to remember everything. Good luck reading!

u/Wiles_ · 13 pointsr/tolkienfans

The link /u/LittleLuthien posted is great, I would also highly recommend Karen Wynn Fonstad's Atlas of Middle-earth. It's really helpful to keep track of what's going on especially for the battles.

u/krelian · 5 pointsr/tolkienfans

It's absolutely gorgeous and totally recommend. For LotR I have the 50th Anniversary Edition

u/philthehippy · 6 pointsr/tolkienfans

Well you have a few options, if you are starting out fairly new to the bigger world of Tolkien then go for the wonderful books 'The Art of the Hobbit' and 'The Art of the Lord of the Rings' both edited and introduced by Wayne Hammond & Christina Scull. If you are not aware of them they are a very dedicate pair who have worked wonders to expand the world of Middle-earth. Followed by 'Artist and Illustrator' again from Hammond & Scull. You should find those immensely informative and maybe quite a revelation that Tolkien was a superb illustrator.

The links are all to Amazon US but you will if you shop around on marketplace or eBay find them cheaper.

The Hobbit and Rings books are both slipcased and are superbly put together.

u/Withanyluck · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

I have the edition you linked and it really nice,bit big and heavy to take out the house so I recently purchased these and they are, for lack of a better word pretty cute. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set

u/RSGoodfellow · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

This is my favorite illustrated version. The artwork is beautifully done. It came out a couple years ago I think.

u/rexbarbarorum · 12 pointsr/tolkienfans

Humphrey Carpenter's biography is quite good, and pretty widely available, I think.

u/EyeceEyeceBaby · 2 pointsr/tolkienfans

You might try getting your hands on a copy of The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. There's a lot of great information on his work there, and I find them generally a little easier to read than the History of Middle-Earth.

u/italia06823834 · 6 pointsr/tolkienfans

Thankfully many have taken up the cause. Proudly we carry the banner of house Fonstad. Often I go to link my maps post only to see another has already done so (or I get messages from across reddit saying someone has mentioned me and linked that post).

But on a more serious note, the main problem I think is that this map is one of the first images that comes up on google. So people see it and assume it must be a good one.

u/bats_and_frogs · 2 pointsr/tolkienfans

They are as accurate as you want them to be. Personally, I like having this book by Karen Wynn Fonstad inform my headcanon.

The mysteries of Tolkien's universe are what make it so special. For example, I don't want to know where the Blue Wizards went. But I like to speculate that Oromë sent them to Middle Earth to find the Elves that remained at Cuivienen.

u/rathany · 2 pointsr/tolkienfans

J R R Tolkien Artist & Illustrator is a great collection of all his illustration work.

u/shinrazero · 3 pointsr/tolkienfans

I found this. There was a website that had all sorts of great artwork by Tolkien himself.

u/WalkingTarget · 11 pointsr/tolkienfans

For a selection of the songs (along with readings of sections of his books), you could look into the recordings that Tolkien made after LotR was written but before publication.

For example, here's Sam's song about the troll.

Edit - Oh, right. Also there's The Road Goes Ever On, a book of sheet music and whatnot for some of the songs that was developed by Donald Swann and officially approved by Tolkien.

u/samuelhaffey · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

Thank you so much, I literally just purchased this and afterwards will decide onto what to read next. Thank you again

u/Mughi · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

This set is extremely limited (500 pcs). You're not going to find it any cheaper than this. If you're planning on opening and reading it, why not just get a cheaper editon? The only things missing from cheaper editions are the revised family trees and the Khazad-dum painting in LOTR, as far as I know. You can get that particular edition as a standalone for less than a hundred bucks on Amazon. Apart from some other random artwork, you wouldn't be missing anything important. You can get the slipcovered Children of Hurin for less than $40 on Amazon. If you want the best edition of The Hobbit that I know of, you should check out John Rateliff's History of The Hobbit link.

u/BugelMouse · 5 pointsr/tolkienfans

The edition you're looking for is out of print. You can still get it second hand on amazon though, but it's 79dollar. The illustration is by Ted Nasmith. There is also a "blue version" which is still available new.

Here is an amazon link to your red edition:

Blue edition:


u/RuhWalde · 4 pointsr/tolkienfans

I would suggest The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection. She probably doesn't have it already, and it's really cool to hear the actual voices of Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien reading from the legendarium.

If you want to DM me the picture of her bookshelf, I can suggest some books too. There's just so many things she probably already has!

u/NOAHA202 · 6 pointsr/tolkienfans

I have the Silver edition, so I can't give you first hand evidence but a search on Amazon says that the dimensions of the book are 6.1 x 3 x 9.2 inches (

u/ChadCloman · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

I found Sibley's The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-Earth to be quite helpful. Poster sized maps of Beleriand, the Hobbit area, and the LOTR area.

u/Versailles · 3 pointsr/tolkienfans

If you haven't read this already, Tolkien's Letters include some of his own words on the subject. There's even an index to help you locate relevant quotes.

u/ConiferousMedusa · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

In this episode of the Prancing Pony Podcast they discuss pronunciation starting at about minute 3:00, including a number of clips of Christopher Tolkien. Around minute 7:30 they discuss and play a clip of Christopher Tolkien reading Túna from the Silmarillion. I believe the recording is part of the J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection audio book.

Edit: a link

u/benzenene · 23 pointsr/tolkienfans

Check out the Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad! It's Tolkien Estate-approved and is absolutely fantastic. Besides maps, there's routes of journeys, battle formations, thematic maps and demographic information. It's one of my favourite book investments of all time.

u/Eridanis · 5 pointsr/tolkienfans

Thought I'd provide some Amazon links to these fine suggestions, along with a few of my own.

J.R.R. Tolkien Companion & Guide US:


Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion US:


Art of the Lord of the Rings US:


Art of the Hobbit US:


Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth US:


Rateliff's History of the Hobbit US:


Fonstad's Atlas of Middle-Earth US:


Letters of JRR Tolkien US:


Carpenter's Tolkien: A Biography US:

u/brucktoo · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

It's called The Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad (Revised Edition). [See here] ( looking inside should give you a taste. Thank you again though as I realized I should be using mine in my Fellowship of the Ring read.

u/jdtait · 7 pointsr/tolkienfans

I’d recommend buying Karen Wynn Fonstad’s Atlas of Middle-Earth

u/cucchiaio · 4 pointsr/tolkienfans

Ok this is going on my list. I don't speak or read Latin, but I'm enough of a linguaphile that I have to have this!!

Edit: aaaaand it's pre-ordered. For those of us in the US!

u/Steuard · 3 pointsr/tolkienfans

Here's one possibility:

It sounds like each of the four poster maps included is 28"x28", and is folded in the box; you'd need to get your own frame. I'm not aware of any other options, for better or worse.

u/lordleycester · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

Maybe The Annotated Hobbit? I have it but I haven't gone through the whole thing but there should be some interesting/useful stuff in there.

You could also listen to the Tolkien Professor podcast specifically the "Riddles in the Dark" series. Haven't listened to them myself but it has been recommended to me by a few people.

u/informareWORK · 5 pointsr/tolkienfans

I use this and it works pretty well for that purpose. No maps, but that's what Fonstad's atlas is for.

u/piejesudomine · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

If you want to find more of Tolkien's art Hammond and Scull also released The Art of the Hobbit with his illustrations for...the hobbit. And later this year they'll release The Art of the Lord of the Rings!

u/jmcq · 31 pointsr/tolkienfans

Get Robert Foster's Complete Guide to Middle-earth then thank me later. Even Christopher Tolkien has admitted to using it. Granted it does not cover materiel outside of The Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit, and the Silmarillion. It is an excellent and complete guide and unlike many others is not full of misinformation.


Edit: If the Tolkien Dictionary you have is the one by David Day throw it away immediately. David Day is notorious for making up information and claiming it as Tolkien see here. I'm not familiar with his Tolkien: A Dictionary and any specific errors thererin, though the map, if it's the one in this post, is horribly incorrect. Foster's guide (above) is a much more reliable guide where he cites his sources, although, as I mentioned above, it is somewhat out-of-date.

u/DashingDan1 · 2 pointsr/tolkienfans

It's published in Morgoth's Ring. The Annals of Aman is kind of like the Tale of Years in the LotR Appendixes but for the Silmarillion.

u/Jasonw221 · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

I bought the bottom books within the past year, all on the internet (Amazon and Books a Million).

Edit: links: LOTR, Silmarillion, Hobbit

u/jlevil · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

I think I've settled on going with these ones: ISBN:9780618260584.

u/Aletayr · 1 pointr/tolkienfans

It seems to be in there, according to a review. Of course, that's not helpful for listening now, which is what I would've liked. A youtube search was vain, at least for me.

u/kirtovar1 · 3 pointsr/tolkienfans
An Amazon link to The Letters of Tolkien
Unfortunately I can't help you I asked because I plan to do the same after I finish with the Witcher and I wasn't sure about the order

u/cirion5 · 32 pointsr/tolkienfans

Keep in mind that Tolkien was alive when movies of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were first being discussed, and was involved in early attempts at adaptation. He wrote on this very subject in several of the letters.

He seems to have changed his mind somewhat, becoming more protective over time. In letter 198, he seems rather blasé about it: he thinks it's impossible to adapt his work, but doesn't seem terribly bothered by it, and would be willing to let them try.

Letter 210, though, shows Tolkien responding much more in depth to a script of a proposed adaptation. I think it's interesting that he seems concerned not only about how the writers failed to understand crucial aspects of his story, but also about how their changes would make for a poor film. In particular, in several instances Tolkien proposes imply cutting certain characters or scenes from the book rather than bastardizing them.