A comprehensive reference guide by David Day, sumptuously illustrated in colour and black and white, to all the living creatures, races, flora and fauna – that inhabited J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle earth and Undying Lands.
Ian Miller, Michael Foreman, Allan Curless, Lidia Postma, John Blanche, Pauline Martin, Sue Porter, Linda Garland, Victor Ambrus, John Davis, Jaroslav Bradac.
David Day’s A Tolkien Bestiary is a scholarly, definitive and enchantingly beautiful explanation of all the imaginary beasts, monsters, races, nations, deities, fauna and flora of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy worlds of Middle-earth and the Undying Lands.
David Day has identified, analysed and described 129 separate races. Each is lucidly explained in terms of its physical appearance, language, behavior and culture, A Tolkien Bestiary does not retell their stories: its purpose is to make Tolkien’s own books more accessible by identifying his living creatures and explaining their roles in this epic world..
A Tolkien Bestiary is more than a usefull reference book for the reader of Tolkien’s own books. It also seeks to do justice to the creatures and their world through more than one hundred black and white fantasy illustrations as spectacular as any ever produced. All kinds of beings are shown, the vast winged dragons, earthbound creatures of evil or simple innocent flowers. Further, there are 36 incomparable paintings in full colour that vividly imagine the most important moments in the history of Middle-earth and the Undying Lands.
In addition there are: a newly conceived map, a chronology of all the ages, a general index referring readers back to Tolkien’s original works for the stories of the races described in the Bestiary.
Spectacular in itself, the value of A Tolkien Bestiary lies in its ability to assis in opening up Tolkien’s magical world through impeccable researched explanations and haunting, atmospheric illustrations of a rare brilliance.