nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk
agh burzum-ishi krimpatul'
'One Ring to
rule them all,
One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all,
And in the darkness
In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie.'
the House of Tom Bombadil
four hobbits stepped over the wide stone threshold, and
stood still, blinking. They were in a long low room, filled
with the light of lamps swinging from the beams of the
roof; and on the table of dark polished wood stood many
candles, tall and yellow, burning brightly."
be seen all round the house but falling water...... 'It's
a good day for long tales, for questions and for answers,
so Tom will start the talking.' "
"He then told
them many remarkable stories..... he told them tales of
bees and flowers, the ways of trees, and the strange creatures
of the Forest, about the evil things and the good things,
things friendly and things unfriendly, cruel things and
kind things, and secrets hidden under brambles."
Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Tom Bombadil was not included in the movie of Lord of the Rings,
I can understand that because he didn't add to the movie storyline,
but even so it is a shame because to me, he, and his partner Goldberry,
were enigmatic characters. When I read the Lord of the Rings
I pictured Bombadil as a highly evolved, intellegent, sprite with
a very large library, where he sat quietly reading while Goldberry
did her 'washing'. I was quite sad to see he wasn't in the film.
don't have a Tom Bombadil on this site to tell you stories, but
we do have the opportunity to show you books that may allow you
to be like Tom Bombadil one day and have the gift of story-telling
yourself. My own library is pretty large, it contains mostly non-fiction
books, they vary in subjects from my own ancient English culture,
to a number about the latest computer technology. I believe those
who read can hold their own in any conversation because they have
the confidence of knowledge to fall back on. We can't all be Tom
Bombadil but every little bit helps!
not take a look at the books below. If you click on the pictures
the link will take you to the Amazon site where you can buy the
book. The link is to the American site but you could probably
get the book at other Amazon sites, or in your local book store.
things first... the stories.......
Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings [BOX SET] by J. R. R.
Reviewer: Angel from
These books captured my imagination like no other books
ever have. Tolkien's vision is astounding. His ability
to use words to paint such an enormous and vivid picture
is without equal. I cannot get enough of Middle Earth.
Although these are fantasy novels, everything is so real.
Middle Earth is a place where childhood dreams, nightmares,
and fantasies all come true in bright, vivid colors.
Complete Guide to Middle-Earth
from VA, USA
I loved this book. As cliche as it sounds, this encyclopeadia
of Tolkien's world is an essential guide to both new-comers
and devotees alike. For every name, every place, and every
concept that is mentioned in the novels, there is a listing
and extensive explanation. I was able to cross-reference
my way to the very beginnings of the Ainur and the development
of Middle-earth to unravel some nagging questions that
had always confused me.
Karen Wynn Fonstad (Author)
is a qualified geographer and cartographer who first mapped
Middle-Earth in 1981. There are local maps of key places
like the Mines of Moria, Lothlorien, Isengard, Minas Tirth,
the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and the volcanic Mount Doom.
War maps cover the saga's notable battles, Thematic maps
show Middle-Earth's distribution of climate, geological
features, vegetation, people, and (most importantly to Tolkien)
Making of the Movie Trilogy (The Lord of the Rings)
Brian Sibley (Author)
For the first time
in history, three major movies were made at the same time,
a triumphant and monumental undertaking that took the
world by storm. Here can be found details about the hundreds
of dedicated artists, craftspeople and cast and crew members
who labored for years -- adding authenticity at every
stage -- to bring one of the greatest stories ever told
to an eager film audience.
"It was tiring, physically and mentally, but never dull."
Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion (The Lord of the
Jude Fisher (Author), J.R.R. Tolkien
book is a real treat for Tolkien fans and brings readers
up close to some of the amazing detail they will find
in the big-screen version of this fantasy classic. Not
just a straightforward movie guide, this is more of a
Middle-earth encyclopedia with information on the people
and places to which moviegoers will be introduced. The
text is informative and never presumes any level of knowledge,
making this book more than accessible for Tolkien fans
or those who have yet to discover his work.
Two Towers Visual Companion: The Official Illustrated
Movie Companion (The Lord of the Rings)
Jude Fisher (Author)
official, fully authorized companion to the second part
of Peter Jackson's award-winning trilogy. This book is
a full-color guide to the characters, places and landscapes
of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth as depicted in the second
film in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and features a
special introduction by Viggo Mortensen, who plays Aragorn.
Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 full-color photographs,
including exclusive images of Gollum, Treebeard and the
battle of Helm's Deep.
Tolkien - Master of the Rings - The Definitive Guide to
the World of the Rings
forrie from Nashua, NH United States
Finally a very informative collection of film, 3D maps,
a chronological detail narrative about the "Lord of the
Rings", comments from Tolkien scholars, JRR Tolkiens son
& daughter. Plus some film and the voice of the Master
Of the Rings himself, JRR Tolkien. This is a very exciting
Full Screen DVD.
note this DVD is for Tolkien fans more than Legolas or
Book of Lost Tales 1 (The History of Middle-Earth - Volume
J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor)
The first form of the myths and legends in Tolkien's conception
of the Middle Kingdom--and which later came to be called
The Silmarillion--follows Eriol as he makes his westward
voyage to where the Elves dwell. Reprint.
if you prefer .....
Mortenson - Recent Forgeries
michaelsangel from Rushville, IN United States
Many of today's "movie" folk have discovered something many
of us already knew. Under the magic of movies, there is
a man named Viggo Mortensen who happens to be an actor,
along with a painter, a poet, and an individual who encourages
others to think, read and be honest with themselves. This
book is about modern art, words and truth. Not a pretty
face, or a mindless photo hound. This book can provoke thought,
appreciation and most of all, inspire you to become creative
in whatever media suits you. Just when you think you've
seen each frame clearly, you will find additional depth
and subtle nuances that entrance.
like the Elves and learn about the culture of the trees
Jacqueline Memory Paterson
Druidry, Wicca, Shamanism, and
other earth-based traditions value trees as a source of
spiritual wisdom. This book, the result of eight years
of intensive research, presents a fully comprehensive
guide to the myth, magic, and healing properties of our
powerful arboreal friends. Includes tips on identifying
different trees, the customs and legends attached to each,
their healing properties and magical applications. The
author is an arch-druidress and co-founder of the Glastonbury
Order of Druids and the Council of British Druid Orders.
is one of my favourite books on trees
With Remarkable Trees
Author, a distinguished historian of Africa, takes a new
tack by writing an old-fashioned kind of book: a catalog
of trees of the British Isles. The last such book was
published in 1826. In Meetings with Remarkable Trees Pakenham
assembles a beautifully photographed gallery of 60-odd
trees of Scotland, England, and Ireland, and magnificent
trees they are. One is a 600-year-old king oak that looms
large over Charleville, Ireland; another is the yew tree
that Wordsworth called the "pride of Lorton's vale"; still
another is a sequoia brought from the United States and
planted in a Herefordshire grove in 1851, where it has
Trees are sacred beings, nurturing
us with oxygen, food, material for shelter, and even medicines.
A heartfelt, passionate discussion of the history and
meaning of trees, along with dozens of illustrations,
gives a new appreciation of their beauty, uniqueness,
and special place in our lives. Travel the world to examine
how a multitude of cultures have formed deep and enduring
bonds with trees, from the Celts, who developed a 13-month
tree calendar, to the Ainu of Japan, who plant one whenever
a child is born. Almost all believed these majestic gifts
of nature possessed a special "life force" and were even
endowed with spirits.
great favourite of mine
books by John O'Donohue include:
Eternal Echoes, Conamara Blues, and Echoes of Memory.
Cara : A Book of Celtic Wisdom
John O'Donohue (Author)
offers an exploration of the secret
universe we all carry inside us, the connections we forge
with the worlds of our friends and loved ones, and the products
of our worlds reflected in the things we create outside
of ourselves. Anam Cara, Gaelic for "soul friend," is an
ancient journey down a nearly forgotten path of wisdom into
what it means to be human. Drawing on this age-old perspective,
John O'Donohue helps us to see ourselves as the Celts did:
we're more than just flesh, blood, and bone; we comprise
individual worlds. The comprehension of the sublime architecture
of the worlds we are born with will engender a new appreciation
for the outside world and the way we contribute to its evolution.
I hope you enjoy this site. If you have any comments please write.
nim-alph di e tasar
under the willow)