Book Reviews recordings. Despite the length of the book and of some of the individual entries, the Companion's approach is succinct and plain. The tone is serious and assumes that Tolkien's work is worth the explanatory effort. This leads to occasional dissonance in entries carefully explaining light hobbit wordplay, but is generally appropriate to the subject. Most importantly, aside from a few typographical errors mostly arising in the compilation of the entries, the book is meticulously accurate. A work of this kind would be useless if it could not be relied upon, but Hammond and Scull maintain the reputation for scholarly meticulousness that they have established in earlier works. DAVID BRATMAN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-earth, by Marjorie Burns. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005. xii, 225 pp. $55.00 (hardcover) ISBN 0802038719; $27.95 (trade paperback) ISBN 0802038069. Source studies, and especially hunting for medieval sources, have been a favorite approach in Tolkien criticism. From Tom Shippey's seminal study The Road to Middle-earth (1982) to numerous articles and books of varying quality and merit, scholars have been exploring Tolkien's sources, with special emphasis on medieval texts, sometimes providing worthy contributions that allow a
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