The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
|The Complete Guide to Middle-earth|
|Publisher||Random House Publishing Group|
Originally published in 1971 as A Guide to Middle-Earth, before the publication of The Silmarillion, the first edition contained only information from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. In 1978, a new edition (The Complete Guide to Middle-earth: from The Hobbit to The Silmarillion), containing material from Silmarillion, was published.
Detailed information on the early editions.
- 1971: A Guide to Middle-Earth. Baltimore, Md.: The Mirage Press, 1971. xiii, 284,  pp., geneal. tables. 22.5 × 14.5 cm. (The Voyager Series, V-105) (The Anthem Series, A-1009)
- 1974: Paperback edition: New York: Ballantine Books, 1974. 283 pp., geneal. tables. 18 cm. ISBN 0-345-24138-X (pbk)
- 1978: The Complete Guide to Middle-earth: from The Hobbit to The Silmarillion. New York: Ballantine Books, 1978. xvi, 575 pp., geneal. tables. 18 cm. ISBN 0-345-27975-1 (pbk)
- 1978: British edition: London: Unwin Paperbacks, 1978. xii, [i], 441,  pp. 19.5 × 13 cm. ISBN 0-04-803001-5 (pbk): £1.50; ISBN 0-04-803002-3 (hbk)
Foster supports the usual misunderstanding that Bladorthin's spears were not delivered because he died early, while the text doesn't mention it.
Foster relates the Elvish words ambar "world" and umbar "fate". In the entry of Ambar, he mentions it is a concept related to fate of the world. The Etymologies showed that the two have different roots; a distinct word ambar is actually linked to the root for "home".