The Dark Powers of Tolkien is an illustrated reference work by David Day, and was published on February 26, 2019 by Thunder Bay Press (San Diego).

It serves as a compendium of villains of Middle-earth, from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The book also includes timelines, genealogies, and commentary on the source material, as well as related real-world stories.


"A compendium of villains of Middle-earth. The vast fictional universe of J. R. R. Tolkien contains many dark terrors to challenge the forces of good. This compendium of villains includes battle timelines, genealogy charts for creature races, striking illustrations, and well-researched commentary on the evil forces that dwell in Middle-earth. The unique, heat-burnished cover design and handy size make it a conversation starter as well as a great read. This work is unofficial and is not authorized by the Tolkien Estate or HarperCollins Publishers."
From the publisher

Illustrations by Jaroslav Bradac (134–5), Tim Clarey (25), Alan Curless (129, 137, 154, 182–3, 198–9, 242–3), David Frankland (80–1), Melvin Grant (107) Sam Hadley (27), Pauline Martin (130) Mauro Mazzara (cover, 54, 68–9, 70–1, 100, 148, 151, 159, 164–5, 170–1, 174, 190, 204–5, 213, 216–7, 222, 226–7, 230–1, 233, 239, 240–1), Ian Miller (16–17, 22, 23, 42, 49, 50, 58, 63, 66, 74, 93, 99, 104–5, 111, 116, 120–1, 124, 129, 142, 144–5, 200–1, 202, 214–5, 219, 220–1, 236–7), Andrew Mockett (76–7, 108, 162, 177, 194–5, 208–9) Andrea Piparo (34–5, 90, 94, 186–7, 192–3, 196–7, 248–9), Lidia Postma (207), Kip Rasmussen (21, 28, 37, 41, 45, 60, 83, 84–5, 99, 119, 124, 134–5, 179, 247)

Table of Contents

  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHART: A CHRONOLOGY OF MIDDLE-EARTH AND THE UNDYING LANDS
  • PART ONE:
    • MELKOR AND THE ORIGIN OF EVIL
      • Melkor – “He Who Arises in Might”
      • Morgoth – “The Dark Enemy”
    • CHART: DARK FORCES OF MIDDLE-EARTH
      • Ungoliant, the “Dark Terror”
  • PART TWO:
    • MORGOTH THE DARK ENEMY IN THE FIRST AGE
      • Gothmog, “Lord of Balrogs”
    • CHART: WARS OF BELERIAND
      • Boldog, “Orc Captain of Angband”
      • Trolls of Angband
      • Glaurung, “Father of Dragons”
      • Draugluin, “Father of Werewolves”
      • Ulfang, The Black Easterling
      • Ancalagon, The Winged Fire-drake
  • PART THREE:
    • SAURON THE RING LORD IN THE SECOND AGE
    • CHART: THE SECOND AGE OF THE SUN
      • Sauron, “Dark Lord of Mordor”
      • Annatar, “Lord of Gifts”
      • Nazgûl, The Ringwraiths
    • CHART: SAURON AND THE RINGS OF POWER
      • Númenóreans, “Men of Atlantis”
      • Ar-Pharazôn the Golden
      • Dark Lords and Dark Knights
      • Battle of Dagorlad
    • CHART: RINGS OF POWER – SECOND AGE
      • Sauron Vanquished
  • PART FOUR:
    • SAURON THE NECROMANCER IN THE THIRD AGE
      • The Necromancer of Dol Guldur
    • CHART: SAURON IN THE THIRD AGE
    • CHART: HISTORY OF THE RINGS OF POWER – THIRD AGE
      • Sorcerers and Rings
      • Sauron and the “Great Eye”
      • Easterings of Rhûn and Khand
    • CHART: EASTERLINGS AND SOUTHRON ALLIES
      • Southrons of Umbar and Haradrim
    • CHART: EASTERLINGS AND SOUTHRON WARS
      • The Witch-king of Angmar
    • CHART: WARS OF THE WITCH-KING OF ANGMAR
      • The Witch-king of Minas Morgul
    • CHART: WARS OF THE WITCH-KING OF MINAS MORGUL
      • Goblins, Orcs and Uruk-hai
      • Trolls and Olog-hai
    • CHART: ORCS AND DRAGONS – THIRD AGE
      • Scatha the Worm
      • Smaug, the Golden Dragon of Erebor
  • PART FIVE:
    • THE WAR OF THE RING
    • CHART: BATTLES OF THE WAR OF THE RING
      • Black Riders in the Shire
      • Barrow-wights of Eriador
      • Durin’s Bane, the Balrog of Moria
      • Sméagol–Gollum and the Ring
    • CHART: HISTORY OF SMÉAGOL–GOLLUM
      • Saruman, the Wizard of Isengard
    • CHART: HISTORY OF SARUMAN THE ISTARI
      • Shelob, the Great Spider of Cirith Ungol
      • The Witch-king and the Battle of Pelennor Fields
      • Sauron and the Fires of Doom
  • INDEX

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Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Russian Тёмные силы мира Толкина
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