The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
|The Complete Guide to Middle-earth|
|Publisher||Random House Publishing Group|
Originally published before the publication of The Silmarillion the first edition contained only Lord of the Rings-only information. In 1977, a new edition containing Silmarillion material was published soon after.
It is generally recognised as excellent reference book on the subject but as it still does not include info on post-Silmarillion material (i.e. Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth series), in points it is outdated or in error.
For example, the entry for Tar-Aldarion speculates that the tragic relations with his father and wife were because he left no male heirs. The later published text Aldarion and Erendis elaborated this situation.