David Day is one of the more imaginative Tolkien annotators ever to be published. Some scholars hold that his work is completely without merit because he makes up his facts and includes many misleading details. He is constantly hammered by Tolkien researchers on the Internet. What he does bring to the realm of Middle-Earth commentary, however, is an imaginative retelling of Tolkien's mythology. It's unique, if not legitimate. He lacks Tolkien's style and depth, but many people have enjoyed Day's books through the years despite their inaccuracy.

These books make good conversation pieces (coffee-table books) and are interesting in their own right, but the reader should beware. Where Tolkien only hints on things, Day makes up a whole story.

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