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    • 4.7 • 40 Ratings
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The Encyclopedia of Arda app is now free to download.

The Encyclopedia of Arda is an indispensible reference guide to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, based on the popular Website of the same name. The Encyclopedia contains around 4,000 individual entries, many with additional features such as maps, family trees and images.

Also included in the Encyclopedia are a selection of articles and reference guides, including a detailed lexicon and a guide to old and rare words used in Tolkien's works. The interactive Chronicle and Calendar let you explore the history of Middle-earth from its earliest times, and the Encyclopedia even contains detailed guides to the recent film versions of The Lord of the Rings.


- Search the Encyclopedia, choose from an A-Z index, or browse articles by topic. Each entry is rich in hypertext links, letting you freely explore the world of Middle-earth and beyond.

- Many entries provide their own factbox and timeline, along with maps, genealogical charts, and images.

- The Chronicle of Arda lets you explore any period from Middle-earth's history. The Interactive Calendar lets you choose dates in any of seven different calendars and see which events took place on those dates.

- Language guides include a dictionary of old and rare words used by Tolkien, and also a lexicon explaining the origins of many names of characters and places in Elvish and other languages.

- The 'Excyclopedia' feature is an additional guide to less canonical topics, exploring concepts from Tolkien's earlier work, and related topics from other sources.

- This is a standalone app that works completely independently of the Encyclopedia of Arda Website; no Internet connection is required.


The Encyclopedia of Arda has been a popular source of Tolkien lore on the Web since 1997. Visit the Encyclopedia of Arda site at http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/

The app includes reference information on more than 4,000 topics, including maps, charts and genealogies. Also included are detailed analyses of all three Lord of the Rings films, and also The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Movie guides for The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again will be released soon!

The Encyclopedia app was developed by Virtix Ltd: visit our Website at http://www.virtix.co.uk/

The Encyclopedia of Arda is not an official reference work.


What’s New

Version 1.17

The Encyclopedia of Arda app is now free to download.

The Live Updates feature will keep your Encyclopedia database up to date.  You can run an update immediately on installing the app, and then get new content every three months.  (If you previously purchased an annual update subscription, you'll continue to receive unlimited access to updates.)

NOTICE: We're planning to ultimately discontinue support for this app in 12 months, though you'll still find all the latest information at the Encyclopedia of Arda Website, which will operate in just the same way as on your device.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

FromLeftField ,

Great app for the Middle Earth fan!

Wonderful app. Great price for getting updates. I get so excited when I check once a week or so and get new updates!
I would like to see the third Hobbit movie guide included in the app since it exists on the web version.

Pi S ,

Live update not working and app freezes

Not sure if this is a result of the latest iPadOS version 15.6.1 or because the app has not been optimised for the latest iPadOS version (I have no issue with other apps so I suspect the latter) but it is just not possible to do a Live Update ($1.99 per year). The pop-up comes on but clicking on the button does nothing. You can close the pop-up window but the app actually freezes after that, so you need to close it and open it again to access its contents. Also, it is very slow to load, though once it does then there are no further delays (presumably because all the content has been loaded). As is, it’s difficult to recommend for an iPad although the content is very good - but this is a review of the app itself. Since it still works partially, it gets 2/5.

lordberic72 ,

Comprehensive guide for any Tolkien fan

I’ve been using this encyclopedia since well before anyone had heard of smart phones. A great resource, in-depth, wide-ranging and a whole hell of a lot of fun.

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