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

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

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.

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

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

  • Tom

    This book makes a very nice addition to the library of those who find Middle-earth compelling. It will be an especially welcome reference for those of us who lack an extensive knowledge of the flora o...

  • Christina

    This book ticks all the right boxes for me - as a Tolkien fan and nature lover the combination of Middle earth and nature is right up my alley . In this book , a botanist gives detailed species accoun...

  • Dominic

    I will be reviewing this book for Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal later this year......

  • Rossdavidh

    This is, perhaps, the geekiest book I have ever read. That's a pretty high bar, in my case. It has science, Tolkien's Middle-Earth, including the Silmarillion, and a lot of specialized vocabulary. It ...

  • Caitlin

    So back in 2015, I wrote a story about trees, and someone told me "you can't have apple trees in this story; it's near the ocean". Three years of research later I'm still obsessed with the climate zon...

  • Lynne

    Fabulous book! The author starts with a refresher course in basic botany, then does a plant-by-plant description of all the plants that are mentioned by Tolkien in the Hobbit, LOTR, and the Silmarilli...

  • Jane

    A veritable wealth of knowledge....

  • Shonna Siegers

    Amazingly and lovingly researched! This book reminds us of the mystery and beauty of our own world using the backdrop of a fictional one, just as Tolkien himself did in his writings. I need to reread ...

  • wanderonwards

    I very much enjoyed reading this book - it combines two of my favorite things: Tolkien (and writing) with plant identification. The book includes sections describing the plant communities of Middle Ea...

  • Emma Hilliard

    Absolutely obsessed with this book. I want to steal this methodology and use it on like a million projects. The depth of research is staggering. Mostly I was moved by this book as a labor of love. Thi...