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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Battles of Tolkien Book Giveaway and Oh, The Places You'll Go! Giveaway Hop

With summer here and school starting in less than a month, we're encouraging our ten-year old son to be reading more. He's usually good with this throughout the year but has been slacking a little this summer. We've picked him up some new books in his favorite series. I've been trying to get him to read Tolkien as I enjoyed it very much when I was a youngster. I bet if he saw the Lord of the Rings movies he might read the books then. Maybe the next rainy weekend we might do that. What follows below is a review of the book, a giveaway of the book, and the Oh, The Places You'll Go! Giveaway Hop, where you can enter a ton more giveaways. Our other Thunder Bay Press book giveaway runs through the 13th of August.

I was recently sent a copy of The Battles of Tolkien from Thunder Bay Press. I enjoyed the original J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy in my teen years and did not see the recent movies, so I am a little rusty on the happenings of Middle-earth. With that said, I dove into reading the recently released The Battles of Tolkien book. It is part of its own trilogy, including An Atlas of Tolkien and A Dictionary of Tolkien. The Heroes of Tolkien will be out later this year.

I want to start off by saying the book is not an authorized addendum to the series. Instead, it is the author's or artist's interpretation of the happenings, rehashed with a focus on the lore of the battles from the series. The book is full of fantastic artwork showcasing a possible interpretation of the forces involved in all the wars, their weaponry, and the tactics.

The book is broken down into six battles and wars:
  1. Battles of the Valarian Ages
  2. Battles of the First Age
  3. The Second Age:Wars of the Elves and Numenoreans
  4. The Third Age: Wars of the Dunedain
  5. The Third Age: Wars of the Dwarves
  6. The War of the Ring
For each, you'll find featured timelines of events, maps of battles or marches, and lots of graphics to help you visualize what was going on. In viewing these breakdowns, I kept thinking of comparisons to Civil War timelines. Like here is what happened at the Battle of Gettysburg, how the armies approached the battle field by day, how the battle played out, and what the uniforms and soldiers looked like. I think it is a reasonable comparison. I can't vouch for the validity of the content but you can certainly visualize what was explained.

About the specifics of the book layout... The book itself is soft leather bound. Unlike someone who reviewed the book at Amazon, I had no trouble removing the UPC sticker from the back of the book. I like that the UPC sticker isn't on the book itself. The graphics are a mix of black & white, three or four color, as well as full color. The index in the back is full of almost all names

If you're a fan of Tolkien, you'll definitely enjoy reading. The graphics will help you visualize, though you might have your own interpretation of how things looked. That said, the movies might have affected you, too.

From the publisher:
The history of J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional world of Middle-earth is filled with epic battles in an ongoing struggle between good and evil. The Battles of Tolkien recounts many of the greatest conflicts over thousands of years, from the earliest skirmishes of the Valarian Ages to the defining battles in the War of the Ring. Insightful commentary by Tolkien scholar David Day discusses how the people, tactics, and weapons influenced the outcome of each battle, and also how the legends of Middle-earth relate to the real-world mythology on which Tolkien based his famous literary creation. Maps and full-color illustrations help bring this rich universe to life, making it an invaluable reference book for Tolkien fans of all ages.
And, now for the giveaway sponsored by Thunder Bay Press... You can win your own copy of The Battles of Tolkien book by David Day. The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada who are 18+. If a Canadian resident is picked as the winner, before they can be called the winner, they will need to answer a skill-testing question. The giveaway runs through 11:59 pm EDT on 8/23/2017. See Giveaway Rules for additional rule details.
The Battles of Tolkien Giveaway

Disclosure: Java John Z's and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. John John Z's received a copy of the book for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are his own and may differ from your own. Please see the disclosure policy for more information.

This giveaway is a part of the Oh, The places you'll go! Back to School Giveaway Hop put on by The Kids Did It  & The Mommy Island. Please visit the other stops on the hop to see what else you can win.

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