For those interested in the combination of science, outdoors (especially fishes), and Middle Earth fantasy, please see:
Fishes of Middle-Earth: A Field Guide to What Species Would Be There
as well as Those Seen in the Books and Movies
The PDF is located at http://sites.google.com/a/fieldmuseum.org/pwillink
by scrolling to the bottom of the webpage (sorry.... artifact of google sites).
‘Fishes of Middle-Earth’ is fashioned after the popular nature guides to birds, trees, etc. Assuming Middle Earth is a historical version of this world, it uses scientific (biogeographic) principles to describe what fish species would be found there based on modern day distributions. If you are planning a vacation to the Misty Mountains or Mirkwood Forest, or perhaps a quiet afternoon on the banks of Bywater Pool, now you can learn about the fishes swimming in the rivers and lakes. Some species are monsters in their own right, where as others are simply delicious and fun to catch.
There is a short section commenting on the species that are or could be present in the book The Hobbit. This was relatively straightforward since it is a linear story following the adventures of Bilbo Baggins. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a bit too complicated, so comments are reserved for those fishes appearing in the recent movies. (In short, the species portrayed are actually New Zealand species, and not those expected to be in Middle Earth. Furthermore, the species are not originally from New Zealand, but rather recent transplants from North America.)
Table of Contents:
Chapter I – What Fish Species Would Be in Middle-Earth
Chapter II – Fishes that Could be Encountered during The Hobbit Adventure
Chapter III – Those Fish Species Seen in the Lord of the Rings Movies
Appendix – Fish References in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Novels
Disclaimer: ‘Fishes of Middle-Earth’ is a draft, so there are typos and inconsistencies. And the artwork is terrible, but better than nothing.
Constructive comments are strongly encouraged. Please enjoy.