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'''''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.
 
'''''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.
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==Editions==
 
==Editions==
===US===
 
* Hardcover: 288 pages
 
* Publisher: Gramercy (February 5, 1995)
 
* ISBN-13: 978-0517120774
 
* Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
 
  
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A number of books have been derived from ''A Tolkien Bestiary'' and have been published under many different titles:
* Paperback: 288 pages
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*''Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia'' ([[25 November]] [[1993]])
* Publisher: Harbour Publishing
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*''A to Z of Tolkien'' ([[8 February]] [[1996]])
* ISBN-13: 978-0920080474
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*The following are identical to each other:
* Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm
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**''The Tolkien Companion'' (1993)
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**''A Guide to Tolkien'' ([[10 October]] [[2001]])
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**''Guide to Tolkien's World: A Bestiary'' ([[3 September]] [[2010]])
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*''Characters from Tolkien'' ([[17 October]] 2001)
  
* Paperback
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* Publisher: Ballantine Books
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* ISBN-13: 978-0345282828
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* Hardcover
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* Publisher: Crescent Books (Aug 1990)
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* ISBN-13: 978-0517473252
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* Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 2 cm
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A Tolkien Bestiary
A Tolkien Bestiary.jpg
AuthorDavid Day
PublisherMitchell Beazley
Released1979
FormatHardback
Paperback
Pages288
ISBN0517120771

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.

[edit] Reception

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]

[edit] Editions

A number of books have been derived from A Tolkien Bestiary and have been published under many different titles:

[edit] References

  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)