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'''David Day''' (born [[1947]], [[wikipedia:Sooke, British Columbia|Sooke, British Columbia]]) is a Canadian author who has written numerous [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]-related books.
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'''David Day''' (born [[14 October]] [[1947]], [[wikipedia:Victoria, British Columbia|Victoria, British Columbia]]) is a prolific Canadian author who has written several [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]-related books. Primarily known for his reference books, starting with ''[[A Tolkien Bestiary]]'' in [[1978]], Day's books have been published in over 120 different editions in over 20 languages.<ref>{{webcite|articleurl=http://www.abcbookworld.com/view_author.php?id=489|articlename=DAY, David|website=[http://www.abcbookworld.com/ ABC Bookworld]|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref>
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Day's books have been repeatedly criticised for their accuracy by the Tolkien community. Day refutes this claim, though he accepts that his reference books have been repackaged and reprinted by publishers under different titles when the contents are "identical".<ref name="DayReply2">{{webcite|website=AMUK|articleurl=http://www.amazon.com/review/R2SBK9KKU1R5WN/ref=cm_cr_rev_detmd_pl?ie=UTF8&asin=0684839792&cdForum=Fx3UW3NBJ0HQKYH&cdMsgID=Mx3LVUA73BHCLK5&cdMsgNo=5&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx11RAW40EDUFA6&store=books#Mx3LVUA73BHCLK5|articlename=David Day's reply to Nelson Goering's review of ''Tolkien : The Illustrated Encyclopaedia''|dated=21 January 2015|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref>
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==Accuracy==
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Despite reportedly selling over 4 million books,<ref>{{webcite|website=[http://www.daviddaybooks.com/ David Day's site]|articleurl=http://www.daviddaybooks.com/index.htm|articlename=Welcome to David Day's site|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref> Day is regarded as having a "bad reputation" amongst the Tolkien community.<ref name="Reddit">{{webcite|website=[http://www.reddit.com/ Reddit]|articleurl=http://www.reddit.com/r/tolkienfans/comments/2n9u5o/tolkien_dictionary_by_david_day_worth_buying/|articlename=Tolkien dictionary by David Day - Worth buying?|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref> [[The Tolkien Society]] does not recommend any of Day's books in their suggested readings (preferring [[Robert Foster]]'s ''[[The Complete Guide to Middle-earth]]'' instead)<ref>{{webcite|website=TS|articleurl=http://www.tolkiensociety.org/author/books-about-tolkien/|articlename=Books about Tolkien|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref> whilst [[David Bratman]], editor of the ''[[Tolkien Studies]]'' journal, makes the same suggestion that David Day's books are "Not Recommended".<ref>{{webcite|website=[http://home.earthlink.net/~dbratman/ David Bratman's Home Page]|articleurl=http://home.earthlink.net/~dbratman/tolkien_bib.html|articlename=Recommended books on Tolkien|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref> Troels Forchammer politely noted in his blog that "''Day is infamous in Tolkien circles for his creative re-interpretation of Tolkien's work''"<ref>{{webcite|website=[http://parmarkenta.blogspot.co.uk Parma-kenta]|articleurl=http://parmarkenta.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/tolkien-transactions-xxxiii.html|articlename=Tolkien Transactions XXXIII|dated=1 February 2013|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref> whilst [[Michael Martinez]] made the sterner observation that "''In Tolkien scholarship the worst insult one could deliver at any point for many years was equivalent to 'That sounds like something David Day wrote'.''"<ref>{{webcite|website=[http://blog.tolkien-studies.com/ Tolkien Studies Blog]|articleurl=http://blog.tolkien-studies.com/2007/03/07/why-wikipedia-content-cannot-be-trusted/|articlename=Why Wikipedia Content Cannot Be Trusted|dated=7 March 2007|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref>
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Tolkien Meta-FAQ author Steuard Jensen said about ''[[A Tolkien Bestiary]]'' that "''it is not wise to rely on this book for information on Tolkien's vision of Middle-earth''" and that "''it is important to be aware that a considerable number of other details in those vivid descriptions were invented by Day himself with little or no justification in the texts, and that these extrapolations are not distinguished from the justified facts in any way''".<ref name="FAQ">{{webcite|website=FAQ|articleurl=http://tolkien.slimy.com/essays/DayBooks.html|articlename=Notes on David Day's Tolkien Books|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref> In particular, ''[[A Tolkien Bestiary]]'' (and its derivative ''[[Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia]]'') has been specifically criticised for its entries on [[Beren]], [[Giants]], [[long-worms]], [[Sauron]], [[Telcontar|Telcontari]],<ref name="FAQ"/><ref>{{webcite|website=Plaza|articleurl=http://www.lotrplaza.com/archives/index.php?Archive=First%20Age&TID=83477|articlename=List of Errors in David Day’s books|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref> whilst the map of [[Middle-earth]] is especially criticised for differing so obviously from Tolkien's own maps.<ref name="Reddit"/><ref>{{webcite|website=AM|articleurl=http://www.amazon.com/review/R1TMH3457U9QFV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0684839792|articlename=A Customer's review of Tolkien : The Illustrated Encyclopaedia|dated=23 August 1999|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref><ref>{{webcite|website=Plaza|articleurl=http://www.lotrplaza.com/archives/index.php?Archive=Second%20Age&TID=215574|articlename=A guide to Tolkien by David Day|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref>
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Day accepts that the Tolkien community do not approve of his books: he confirms that Tolkien reviewers have described his books as "''a piece of garbage''", "''worthless''", "''junk don't bother''" and "''avoid this or any of David Day's books like the plague.''"<ref name="Amazon review">{{webcite|website=AM|articleurl=http://www.amazon.com/review/R2SBK9KKU1R5WN/ref=cm_cr_rev_detmd_pl?ie=UTF8&asin=0684839792&cdForum=Fx3UW3NBJ0HQKYH&cdMsgID=Mx3RFGEGRWW2IQ3&cdMsgNo=1&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx11RAW40EDUFA6&store=books#Mx3RFGEGRWW2IQ3|articlename=David Day's reply to Nelson Goering's review of ''Tolkien : The Illustrated Encyclopaedia''|dated=20 January 2015|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref> Day has also cited the views of posters at [http://www.lotrplaza.com/forum/default.asp The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza]:
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{{blockquote|"Don't read it. Nothing David Day has ever written is worth buying."<br/>"I know that people despise David Day's Bestiary."<br/>"David Day is a liar, a fabricator and a down right greedy ass."<br/>"To this day I have not read any book by Day, but I agree ..."<br/>"Day is a fabricating idiot."<br/>"Luckily I never looked. No piece of David Day "facts" roaming in my head."<br/>"I read somewhere that he included stuff from the role-playing and card games."<br/>"Day never read any of Tolkien's books in their entirety. Moron that he is."<br/>"Can anyone tell me what is going on with this David Day moron?"<br/>"What he does I find absolutely disgusting."<br/>"Many other people tell me David Day is a moron, I was just quoting."<br/>"He is a filthy little thief and one mustn't buy his books."<br/>"It would be truly great to get David Day's books removed from bookshelves."<br/>"David Day is a waste of space"|David Day quoting reviews of his own books}}
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In defending himself Day went on to claim that members of the "''Tolkien Taliban are not conducting informed literary exchanges of information, but have for years indulged in ill-informed malicious gossip, and a sustained thuggish campaign of abusive cyber-bullying.''"<ref name="Amazon review"/> It was noted by another commenter that Day had failed to provide a single reference from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to defend claims of inaccuracy.<ref name="Amazon reply">{{webcite|website=AMUK|articleurl=http://www.amazon.com/review/R2SBK9KKU1R5WN/ref=cm_cr_rev_detmd_pl?ie=UTF8&asin=0684839792&cdForum=Fx3UW3NBJ0HQKYH&cdMsgID=Mx2VOI0THLKU15J&cdMsgNo=3&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx11RAW40EDUFA6&store=books#Mx2VOI0THLKU15J|articlename=C. Rosenthal's reply to Nelson Goering's review of ''Tolkien : The Illustrated Encyclopaedia''|dated=21 January 2015|accessed=21 January 2015}}</ref> Day asserts that his books are "''extremely popular''" and are better for "''giving the general reader an overview of Tolkien's world''".<ref name="DayReply2"/>
  
 
==Oxonmoot Controversy==
 
==Oxonmoot Controversy==
 
David Day attended [[Oxonmoot 2004]] yet failed to pay for his attendance. In the minutes of [[The Tolkien Society]] committee meeting held on 30th October 2004 it states that:
 
David Day attended [[Oxonmoot 2004]] yet failed to pay for his attendance. In the minutes of [[The Tolkien Society]] committee meeting held on 30th October 2004 it states that:
  
{{quote|Chris ''[Chris Crawshaw, Chairman]'' has also written to David Day to ask him to pay his registration for Oxonmoot.  She was instructed by the meeting to keep badgering him about this, since he seems to feel his 'celebrity' status exempts him from such mundane details|[[Amon Hen 191]], page 19}}
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{{blockquote|Chris ''<nowiki>[</nowiki>[[Chris Crawshaw]], Chairman]'' has also written to David Day to ask him to pay his registration for Oxonmoot.  She was instructed by the meeting to keep badgering him about this, since he seems to feel his 'celebrity' status exempts him from such mundane details|[[Amon Hen 191]], page 19}}
  
 
Four months later in the minutes of a committee meeting held on the 26th February 2005 it is recorded:
 
Four months later in the minutes of a committee meeting held on the 26th February 2005 it is recorded:
  
{{quote|Since David Day has still not paid his registation for Oxonmoot, it was agreed that he should be blacklisted for future events.|[[Amon Hen 193]], page 17}}
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{{blockquote|Since David Day has still not paid his registration for Oxonmoot, it was agreed that he should be blacklisted for future events.|[[Amon Hen 193]], page 17}}
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There are no other recorded incidents of [[The Tolkien Society]] blacklisting individuals from attending their events.
  
==Bilbiography==
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==Bibliography==
 
* [[1978]]: ''[[A Tolkien Bestiary]]''
 
* [[1978]]: ''[[A Tolkien Bestiary]]''
* [[1984]]: ''Castles'' (illustrations by [[Alan Lee]])
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** [[1992]]: ''[[Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia]]'' (derived from ''A Tolkien Bestiary'')
* [[1992]]: ''[[Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia]]''
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** [[1993]]: ''The Tolkien Companion''  (derived from ''A Tolkien Bestiary'')
* [[1993]]: ''[[The Tolkien Companion (David Day)|The Tolkien Companion]]''
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** [[1996]]: ''A to Z of Tolkien'' (derived from ''A Tolkien Bestiary'')
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** [[2001]]: ''A Guide to Tolkien''  (identical to ''The Tolkien Companion'')
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** [[2001]]: ''Characters from Tolkien'' (derived from ''A Tolkien Bestiary'')
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** [[2010]]: ''Guide to Tolkien's World: A Bestiary''  (identical to ''The Tolkien Companion'')
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** [[2014]]: ''Tolkien: A Dictionary'' (derived from ''A Tolkien Bestiary'')
 
* [[1994]]: ''[[Tolkien's Ring]]''
 
* [[1994]]: ''[[Tolkien's Ring]]''
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** [[2002]]: ''[[The World of Tolkien]]'' (derived from ''Tolkien's Ring'')
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** [[2003]]: ''Tolkien's World'' (identical to ''The World of Tolkien'')
 
* [[1997]]: ''[[The Hobbit Companion]]''
 
* [[1997]]: ''[[The Hobbit Companion]]''
* [[2001]]: ''[[Characters From Tolkien]]''
 
* [[2002]]: ''[[The World of Tolkien]]''
 
 
* [[2004]]: ''[[The Hobbit Calendar]]''
 
* [[2004]]: ''[[The Hobbit Calendar]]''
  
 
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* [http://www.abcbookworld.com/?state=view_author&author_id=489 Biography at ABC Book World]
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* [http://www.daviddaybooks.com '''Official website''']
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David Day
Biographical information
Born14 October 1947[1]
EducationUniversity of Victoria[1]
OccupationAuthor
LocationCanada
WebsiteDavidDayBooks.com

David Day (born 14 October 1947, Victoria, British Columbia) is a prolific Canadian author who has written several Tolkien-related books. Primarily known for his reference books, starting with A Tolkien Bestiary in 1978, Day's books have been published in over 120 different editions in over 20 languages.[2]

Day's books have been repeatedly criticised for their accuracy by the Tolkien community. Day refutes this claim, though he accepts that his reference books have been repackaged and reprinted by publishers under different titles when the contents are "identical".[3]

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[edit] Accuracy

Despite reportedly selling over 4 million books,[4] Day is regarded as having a "bad reputation" amongst the Tolkien community.[5] The Tolkien Society does not recommend any of Day's books in their suggested readings (preferring Robert Foster's The Complete Guide to Middle-earth instead)[6] whilst David Bratman, editor of the Tolkien Studies journal, makes the same suggestion that David Day's books are "Not Recommended".[7] Troels Forchammer politely noted in his blog that "Day is infamous in Tolkien circles for his creative re-interpretation of Tolkien's work"[8] whilst Michael Martinez made the sterner observation that "In Tolkien scholarship the worst insult one could deliver at any point for many years was equivalent to 'That sounds like something David Day wrote'."[9]

Tolkien Meta-FAQ author Steuard Jensen said about A Tolkien Bestiary that "it is not wise to rely on this book for information on Tolkien's vision of Middle-earth" and that "it is important to be aware that a considerable number of other details in those vivid descriptions were invented by Day himself with little or no justification in the texts, and that these extrapolations are not distinguished from the justified facts in any way".[10] In particular, A Tolkien Bestiary (and its derivative Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia) has been specifically criticised for its entries on Beren, Giants, long-worms, Sauron, Telcontari,[10][11] whilst the map of Middle-earth is especially criticised for differing so obviously from Tolkien's own maps.[5][12][13]

Day accepts that the Tolkien community do not approve of his books: he confirms that Tolkien reviewers have described his books as "a piece of garbage", "worthless", "junk don't bother" and "avoid this or any of David Day's books like the plague."[14] Day has also cited the views of posters at The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza:

"Don't read it. Nothing David Day has ever written is worth buying."
"I know that people despise David Day's Bestiary."
"David Day is a liar, a fabricator and a down right greedy ass."
"To this day I have not read any book by Day, but I agree ..."
"Day is a fabricating idiot."
"Luckily I never looked. No piece of David Day "facts" roaming in my head."
"I read somewhere that he included stuff from the role-playing and card games."
"Day never read any of Tolkien's books in their entirety. Moron that he is."
"Can anyone tell me what is going on with this David Day moron?"
"What he does I find absolutely disgusting."
"Many other people tell me David Day is a moron, I was just quoting."
"He is a filthy little thief and one mustn't buy his books."
"It would be truly great to get David Day's books removed from bookshelves."
"David Day is a waste of space"

—David Day quoting reviews of his own books

In defending himself Day went on to claim that members of the "Tolkien Taliban are not conducting informed literary exchanges of information, but have for years indulged in ill-informed malicious gossip, and a sustained thuggish campaign of abusive cyber-bullying."[14] It was noted by another commenter that Day had failed to provide a single reference from J.R.R. Tolkien to defend claims of inaccuracy.[15] Day asserts that his books are "extremely popular" and are better for "giving the general reader an overview of Tolkien's world".[3]

[edit] Oxonmoot Controversy

David Day attended Oxonmoot 2004 yet failed to pay for his attendance. In the minutes of The Tolkien Society committee meeting held on 30th October 2004 it states that:

Chris [Chris Crawshaw, Chairman] has also written to David Day to ask him to pay his registration for Oxonmoot. She was instructed by the meeting to keep badgering him about this, since he seems to feel his 'celebrity' status exempts him from such mundane details
Amon Hen 191, page 19

Four months later in the minutes of a committee meeting held on the 26th February 2005 it is recorded:

Since David Day has still not paid his registration for Oxonmoot, it was agreed that he should be blacklisted for future events.
Amon Hen 193, page 17

There are no other recorded incidents of The Tolkien Society blacklisting individuals from attending their events.

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[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "David Day (Author of A Tolkien Bestiary)" , goodreads (accessed 21 January 2015)
  2. "DAY, David" , ABC Bookworld (accessed 21 January 2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "David Day's reply to Nelson Goering's review of Tolkien : The Illustrated Encyclopaedia" dated 21 January 2015, Amazon.co.uk (accessed 21 January 2015)
  4. "Welcome to David Day's site" , David Day's site (accessed 21 January 2015)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Tolkien dictionary by David Day - Worth buying?" , Reddit (accessed 21 January 2015)
  6. "Books about Tolkien" , The Tolkien Society (accessed 21 January 2015)
  7. "Recommended books on Tolkien" , David Bratman's Home Page (accessed 21 January 2015)
  8. "Tolkien Transactions XXXIII" dated 1 February 2013, Parma-kenta (accessed 21 January 2015)
  9. "Why Wikipedia Content Cannot Be Trusted" dated 7 March 2007, Tolkien Studies Blog (accessed 21 January 2015)
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Notes on David Day's Tolkien Books" , Tolkien Meta-FAQ (accessed 21 January 2015)
  11. "List of Errors in David Day’s books" , The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza: Forum (accessed 21 January 2015)
  12. "A Customer's review of Tolkien : The Illustrated Encyclopaedia" dated 23 August 1999, Amazon.com (accessed 21 January 2015)
  13. "A guide to Tolkien by David Day" , The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza: Forum (accessed 21 January 2015)
  14. 14.0 14.1 "David Day's reply to Nelson Goering's review of Tolkien : The Illustrated Encyclopaedia" dated 20 January 2015, Amazon.com (accessed 21 January 2015)
  15. "C. Rosenthal's reply to Nelson Goering's review of Tolkien : The Illustrated Encyclopaedia" dated 21 January 2015, Amazon.co.uk (accessed 21 January 2015)