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[[Category:Books by David Day]]
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Revision as of 12:02, 19 October 2012

A Tolkien Bestiary
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AuthorDavid Day
PublisherMitchell Beazley

A Tolkien Bestiary is an A-Z guide to the flora and fauna of Middle-earth, written by David Day and first published in 1979. The book contains monochrome and full-colour illustrations by Michael Foreman, Lidia Postma, Ian Miller, Allan Curless, Sue Porter, Victor Ambrus and John Davis.



The book has been accused of containing extrapolations and thus deviating from Tolkien's writings.[1] For example, there is a reference to "Kraken" referring to the Watcher in the Water, but the word does not appear as a species in Tolkien's works.[2]

While fans have argued that the book is less reliable as a Tolkien reference than similar works by Robert Foster and J.E.A. Tyler for the purists, many are fond of its illustrations.[3]



  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (February 5, 1995)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517120774
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches


  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harbour Publishing
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920080474
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345282828
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Crescent Books (Aug 1990)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517473252
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 2 cm


  1. Steuard Jensen, "Notes on David Day's Tolkien Books", Tolkien Meta-FAQ (accessed 11 April 2012)
  2. "Tolkien Bestiary (forum thread)", The Tolkien Forum (accessed 11 April 2012)
  3. "A guide to Tolkien by David Day (forum thread)", The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza (accessed 11 April 2012)