A Tolkien Bestiary.

By David Day

Printed: 1979

Publisher: Mitchell Beazley. London

Dimensions 22 × 28 × 3.5 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 22 x 28 x 3.5


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In the original dustsheet. Tan cloth binding with green title on the spine. Includes newspaper cutting of J R Tolken.

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The mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth and Undying Lands is re-explored in a stunning bestiary by Canadian writer David Day. In over 200 entries, Day brings the beast and races, flora, and deities of Tolkien’s world to life as he relates their appearances, culture and history. Eleven European fantasy artists have supplied their visual interpretations of Middle-earth’s creatures and landscape in 110 detailed black-and-white drawings. 36 full-colour paintings provide a magnificent pictorial history from the creation of Arda to the departure of the Ringbearers.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973, was an English writer and philologist. He was the author of the high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

From 1925 to 1945, Tolkien was the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and a Fellow of Pembroke College, both at the University of Oxford. He then moved within the same university to become the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, and held these positions from 1945 until his retirement in 1959. Tolkien was a close friend of C. S. Lewis, a co-member of the informal literary discussion group The Inklings. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972.

After Tolkien’s death, his son Christopher published a series of works based on his father’s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion. These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about a fantasy world called Arda and, within it, Middle-earth. Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the term legendarium to the larger part of these writings.

While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre. This has caused him to be popularly identified as the “father” of modern fantasy literature—or, more precisely, of high fantasy.

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