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A Tolkien Bestiary

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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. Day's sources are The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and his own imagination.

The book has been accused of being a little too liberal in his interpretation: 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.

Although the book is less reliable as a Tolkien reference than similar works by Robert Foster and J.E.A. Tyler for the purists, it does include an impressive series of monochrome and full-colour illustrations.

Illustrators include: Michael Foreman, Lidia Postma, Ian Miller, Allan Curless, Sue Porter, Victor Ambrus and John Davis.



  • 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