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Tolkien : the illustrated encyclopaedia
Day, David, 1947-
Personal Author:
First Collier Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Shuster, 1992.

Physical Description:
279 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
"A Fireside book"--Cover, p. 4.

Includes indexes.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library PR6039.O32 Z634 1991C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The first encyclopedic illustrated guide to the world of Middle Earth and the Undying Lands, this book brings together every important aspect of Tolkien's vast cosmology. More than five hundred alphabetical entries cover five major subject areas: history, geography, sociology, natural history and biography.
The maps, genealogies and time-charts, together with the illustrations of characters, places adn events, reveal to the reader the full dramatic sweep and splendor of Tolkien's world.

Author Notes

David Day was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on October 14, 1947. He worked in logging camps before receiving a degree from the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Victoria in 1976.

He has written over 40 books of poetry, ecology, history, fantasy, mythology, and fiction for both adults and children. His first collection of poems, The Cowichan, was published in 1975. His other books include A Tolkien Bestiary, The Doomsday Book of Animals, Castles, The Emperor's Panda, The Quest for King Arthur, Nevermore: A Book of Hours, and Tolkien: A Dictionary. Through the 1980's and 1990's, he was also an environmental columnist for Britain's Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Sunday Times, and Punch magazine.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Choice Review

In 1979, Day published A Tolkien Bestiary; now he has taken most of that material virtually verbatim, added some new illustrations, and divided it all into sections history, geography, sociology, natural history, and biography. Inaccuracies of grammar and fact are present and annoying: Meriadoc is described as a knight of Gondor (p. 157); Sauron's literal form in the Third Age is given as a disembodied eye wreathed in flames (p. 38, 164); Goldberry is classified as a Maiar (p. 18); and the captions for the illustrations of Peregrin and Meriadoc are switched (p. 260-1). It is frustrating to have multiple alphabets to search through, even with an index, and the divisions are either unnecessary (do we really need an entry for Bramble of Mordor?) or downright confusing (Ents belong in Sociology, not Natural History). Presumably Day and his publishers felt that a rearrangement of the Bestiary with a few new references to material from the ongoing "History of Middle-Earth" series would be a financially profitable enterprise; it certainly adds nothing to Tolkien scholarshp. More useful is Robert Foster's The Complete Guide to Middle Earth (1978).-M. R. Pukkila, Colby College

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