Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium

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Few settings in literature are as widely known or celebrated as J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth. The natural landscape plays a major role in nearly all of Tolkien's major works, and readers have come to view the geography of this fictional universe as integral to understanding and enjoying Tolkien's works. And in laying out this continent, Tolkien paid special attention to its plant life; in total, over 160 plants are explicitly mentioned and described as a part of Middle-Earth. Nearly all of these plants are real species, and many of the fictional plants are based on scientifically grounded botanic principles.

In Flora of Middle Earth: Plants of Tolkien's Legendarium, botanist Walter Judd gives a detailed species account of every plant found in Tolkien's universe, complete with the etymology of the plant's name, a discussion of its significance within Tolkien's work, a description of the plant's distribution and ecology, and an original hand-drawn illustration by artist Graham Judd in the style of a woodcut print. Among the over three-thousand vascular plants Tolkien would have seen in the British Isles, the authors show why Tolkien may have selected certain plants for inclusion in his universe over others, in terms of their botanic properties and traditional uses. The clear, comprehensive alphabetical listing of each species, along with the visual identification key of the plant drawings, adds to the reader's understanding and appreciation of the Tolkien canon.

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3 comments on “Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium”

  1. Tolkien's love of all growing things is duly honored with this book. Insightful and light and entertaining to read. Tolkien's love of plants and nature, expressed throughout his vast legendarium, helps us dive into his created world and makes it more believable. Flora of Middle-Earth not only contextualizes both real and invented plants according to their biomes, tracing parallels between our very real (and endangered) ecosystems and those of Middle-Earth, but also maps Middle-Earth's plants by place and according to their importance in the stories in which...

  2. this is one of the most beautiful botanical books in my collection Written by one of the most incredible, detailed-oriented and knowledgeable botanists of our generation and illustrated by his son, this is one of the most beautiful botanical books in my collection. If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings, this is a must have book. It took less than a 1 1/2 days to arrive to my house, it was perfectly pack and the packaging was just right.

  3. This tome of lore is a must have for Middle Earth fans! This tome of lore is a must have for Middle Earth fans! If you ever wondered what a hobbit's favorite mushroom is, look no further. I have tasked myself to research every plant referenced in the Lord of the Rings novels and I am very happy to report that every one of them are covered in this book. From Abies (fir trees) to yellow yams, it's all here.I know what your thinking. 'So what? That's probably just a picture book with some little blurbs about movie references.' Well you...

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