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Guide to Tolkien's World: A Bestiary Paperback – Sep 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Pr (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571458786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571458780
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,257,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Day was born and brought up in Canada.He has published more than twenty books in the fields of poetry, ecology, natural history, fantasy and mythology and a number of award-winning children's books.His writing has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. His enduring fascination with complex mythologies led him to J.R.R. Tolkien. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the Dark Ages, bestiaries were volumes (often illustrated) were written as allegorical or moralizing works on the appearance and traits of real or imaginary animals. They were often thick and lavishly illustrated, and their text described in detail such mythical creatures as griffins, gargoyles, giants, and dog-headed men.
David Day's Guide to Tolkien's World: A Bestiary (also published as A Tolkien Bestiary) is a beautifully written and illustrated bestiary, containing entries on the 129 different races that inhabited Middle-Earth. Fauna and flora, ranging from the Athelas (kingsfoil) plant to the awesome Warg are vividly described, and all of Tolkien's major works (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion) are covered. The black and white drawings depict the various races (Elves, Men, Orcs, Istari, Vala, Maia...) and the color plates depict major events from the Creation of the World to the Ringbearers' departure to the West.
A must have for Tolkien fans.
Alex Diaz-Granados
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Many people care for the art in Day's books. I don't. But still, the real problems are in the text. Day constantly goes above and beyond what Tolkien writes (when he doesn't simply get it wrong) ceating a world that is as much or more his than Tolkien's. This book is interesting as a faux medeival bestiary but as a guide or analysis of Tolkien's world it is very poor indeed. Robert Foster, J.E. Tyler, Micheal Martinez, Tom Shippey, and the like are simply much more careful scholars. Read their books instead.
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I found this book very informative of Tolkien's world, from first to last, The First Age forward, I got this paperback and it is well made and the black and white drawings are descriptive. Like I said a plus for your Tolkien library.
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By AT on Jan. 26 2014
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Wanted a distilled description of the Tolkien Universe. This book is perfect. Great descriptions, informative, interesting with nice illustrations. The book was in perfect condition.
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By Nazish Ekram on March 8 2004
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This book is a must for Tolkien fans because of its utter comprehensiveness! Anything you need to know is in here and it is very user friendly.
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