Creatures of Tolkien

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bugyfeanor
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Creatures of Tolkien

Post#1 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Hi, Florian! I don't know if it's the same book, but I've read "A Tolkien Bestiary" by David Day. I've also read "A Guide to Tolkien" by the same postAuthorID.

What can I say? I think it's pretty good, though his sources are a bit limited (The Hobbit, LotR, Silm and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil) compared to other writers, of which I understand Robert Foster is the most appreciated. I especially enjoy the map from the beginning: it's a map of both Middle-earth and the Undying Lands (very useful when asociated with the maps from LotR and Silm).

P.S.: Tell me if we're talking about the same book!

Namarie!
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Airecristiel
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Post#2 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

I've also read "A Tolkien Bestiary" and "A Guide To Tolkien", but where "A Tolkien Bestiary" where an informative book, with pictures and good information about Tolkiens creatures and even some events, "A Guide To Tolkien" where just full of the postAuthorIDs own opinions and even some sarcasms.

Personally I think "A Tolkien Bestiary" is a good book if you want gathered information about all the creatures of Arda in the Tolkien books. It's short and concise and provides relevant information of the beast and it's story and often also pictures of the creatures, so you have an idea of what they look like. I recommend it Flo.
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Ross
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Post#3 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

I have the tolkien bestiary. Then I think they split it down into two books one of which is the mentioned book.
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Post#4 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

I have the tolkien bestiary. Then I think they split it down into two books one of which is the mentioned book.
For a while now I've been seeing a book by David Day in the bookshops that has contained huge chunks obviously copied straight out of the Bestiary. What Ross has suggested would seem to make sense therefore. Unlike the Bestiary, however, which is a really nice looking book with colour plates, the new one doesn't look nearly as good.
Personally I think "A Tolkien Bestiary" is a good book if you want gathered information about all the creatures of Arda in the Tolkien books. It's short and concise and provides relevant information of the beast and it's story and often also pictures of the creatures, so you have an idea of what they look like.
I bought the Bestiary years ago when I was first getting into Tolkien and for many years it was one of my favourite books. I found it to be just as Aire described it.

In recent years, when I began delving deeper into Tolkien's works, however, I found the Bestiary to have a lot of limitations. It is a great book for Tolkien beginners, but for people who want to know more, it only skims the surface. Unfortunately, I don't agree with all the information that Day has included in the book either, particularly the map in the front.

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Florian
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Post#5 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

I think we're talking about the same book Aule... I was not sure of the tittle in English because it's not the same in French...But to sum up, it presents first a big map of Arda pretty well organized and then all caracters etc from A to Z...

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Florian
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Post#6 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Ps: Sorry Bugyfeanor, I was just used to see Aule when I saw that pic... so forgive my mistake :(

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bugyfeanor
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Post#7 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

No problem, Florian! I'm new here; it takes time to get used to new people! Yea, that's the book I was talking about; I found it quite interesting and I really love the map from the beginning!

Namarie!

P.S.: Btw, you're french? Just curious ...
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