Tolkien Bestiary
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Tolkien Bestiary

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by David Day
     
 

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Here is the comprehensive reference guide for the millions of fans of the Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. All of the imaginary beasts, monsters, fauna, and flora of J.R.R. Tolkien's lush fantasy worlds of the Middle-Earth and the Undying Lands are presented in more that 100 black-and-white illustrations and 36 full color paintings. A Chronology of all the

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Here is the comprehensive reference guide for the millions of fans of the Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. All of the imaginary beasts, monsters, fauna, and flora of J.R.R. Tolkien's lush fantasy worlds of the Middle-Earth and the Undying Lands are presented in more that 100 black-and-white illustrations and 36 full color paintings. A Chronology of all the historical ages, a general index, genealogies of the races of men, maps, and a special index referring to Tolkien's original works are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517120774
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.61(w) x 11.16(h) x 0.99(d)

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Tolkien Bestiary 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In the inner circles of Tolkien enthusiasm, no guide-book is more shunned that that of David Day, and for good reason. It entices people with nice pictures, it reaches out to those who seek to learn more of Middle-earth, then it cuts their wings and lets them crash into the grinding rocks below. The problem with Day's books is that you can't trust them. But you can't wholly not trust them either, because some of the (most) basic information is correct, like the fact that Aragorn is indeed human. People like Day's books because they answer their questions. What exactly was Tom Bombadil? The truth of the matter is that we don't know. But Day answers the question! He'll tell you what the Watcher in the Water was too. Again, we really don't know. He can give you all the information you like, but it's the same as if you just made it up, because that's what he did. The only difference is that he wrote it down and is trying to sell it to you. Don't be fooled. There are many 'good' guides out there. There are many decent ones too. And there are even some rather poor ones. But then, below all that, there is this and the others written by Day. Worse than ignorance of the truth is ignorance of the lack of truth. And that is the only place Day can take you. Instead, for anyone who wants to learn about Middle-earth, I'd point to Robert Foster 'Complete Guide to Middle-earth'. It predated Day's book by decades, and while it has a few errors in it, compared to this book is it a holy fount of wisdom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is a very informative learning guide to the creatures and races in Tolkien's middle-earth. David Day is an extrordinary author along side Tolkien.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is truly great. as a handful of the reviewers have stated the attention to detail in this book is nothing short of astounding. I would definitely suggest this to fans of Tolkien especially ones like me...wait...you don't know me. And though I am only 14 I always recognize great work when I see it, and I am also working on a book at the time. Unfortunately I haven't found a publishing company who will publish for people under 18. :,(
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great on-the-self reference, but it does have some frustrating gaps. the online Encyclepedia of arda is much more comprehensive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The illustrations, descriptions, and background information are simply phenomenal. David Day's attention to detail makes this book a must-have for fans of Tolkien and anyone who seeks inspiration to write fantasy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Day's knowledge of the works of JRR Tolkien may exceed the great man himself's knowledge of his own works...he writes this book with such wisdom and authority, a well of information for the LOTR and other Tolkien works fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, so far, the best of all the Tolkien guides I have seen. The information is arranged so that you can find what you are looking for very easily; the entries are comprehensive;the time lines are wonderful. The illustrations are amazing. Absolutely amazing. In one word: wow. The only thing better is the actual series by JRR himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got my copy today from right here at B&N. Quick delivery and excellent condition! Thirty years ago I read the entire trilogy of LOTR and have recently embarked on my second reading. I have quickly skimmed through the Bestiary, just reading bits and pieces here and there to get a feel for the book. Already I can say without reservation, it is going to make the whole story much more enjoyable and memorable now. The illustrations are remarkable and the histories that accompany them are most enlightening. Whether you are a devoted fan like me or just contemplating reading LOTR, this book is a must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work illustrates the many fascinating places, creatures, and myths depicted in J.R.R Tolkien's mystical world. The paintings and etchings are beautifully rendered, and the alphabetical listings of the creatures makes locating them easy. This is the only guide you'll need to understand the genesis of the Lord of The Rings, and is the most reliable companion for the understanding of the characters' relationships with each other and their environment.