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The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion (ISBN 0618642676) is a book written by scholars Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, serving as an annotated reference to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2005.


Hammond and Scull proceed chapter-by-chapter from the original foreword through to the end of The Lord of the Rings: examining the evolution of the text, changes, inconsistencies, and errors, and the appendices, often using comments from Tolkien's own notes and letters. Other sections cover the numerous maps, genealogies, and chronologies of the story and its writing, and notes on the book and jacket inset of the 1954-56 publications. A Reader's Companion also includes some previously unpublished material by Tolkien and reprints part of a 1951 letter in which Tolkien explicates at length his conception and vision for The Lord of the Rings.

Reprinted for the first time since 1975, and corrected and expanded, is Tolkien's Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings (previously referred to as Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings), an index of persons, places, and things designed to aid the translator in rendering Tolkien's great work into foreign languages.

A Reader's Companion is available in both hardcover and paperback.


Foreign Language Translated name
Bulgarian Cyrillic Властелинът на пръстените: справочник
Georgian ბეჭდების მბრძანებელი: მკითხველის თანამგზავრი
German Der Herr der Ringe: Ein Leitfaden für Leser

The History of Middle-earth Series (1983 - 2002)

The Book of Lost Tales Part One | The Book of Lost Tales Part Two | The Lays of Beleriand | The Shaping of Middle-earth | The Lost Road and Other Writings | The Return of the Shadow | The Treason of Isengard | The War of the Ring | Sauron Defeated | Morgoth's Ring | The War of the Jewels | The Peoples of Middle-earth | The History of Middle-earth: Index

J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth Legendarium