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

By Walter S. Judd and Graham A. Judd

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Price: $34.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published Date: August 15, 2017
Pages: 424
Dimensions: 6.2 X 1.5 X 9.3 inches | 1.5 pounds
ISBN: 9780190276317
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About the Author

Walter S. Judd is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology, University of Florida. His research focuses on the systematics and evolution of the flowering plants. He has published over 200 refereed articles and has described numerous new species of plants. Graham Judd holds an MFA in Printmaking, and received a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Printmakers at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. He currently teaches at Augsburg College and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Reviews


"Walter Judd lifts lovely passages from Tolkien's prose to elucidate on different plant species. There is helpful basic botany to further offset [our] 'plant blindness'. Graham Judd's rich, black and white illustrations are intriguing combinations of botanical likenesses and psychological commentary." -- The New York Journal of Books


"Moved by Tolkien's passion for plants, the retired botany professor spent years cataloging every plant that appeared in his writing, eventually compiling a list of 141 different species. He teamed up with his son, Graham, a professional illustrator. And together, they embarked on quest to transform that list into a botanical guide to Middle Earth." -- NPR


"No one who dips into, or better still, reads this book will ever think of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit in the same way again." -- Nature Plants


"The clear, comprehensive alphabetical listing of each species, along with the visual identification key of the plant drawings, adds to the readers understanding and appreciation of the Tolkien canon." -- Ian Street, Annals of Botany




..".This volume, with its handsome and haunting woodcuts, is best appreciated in small doses. It's heady stuff, quite concentrated. But it made me blow the dust off my copy of "The Silmarillion" and add it to my stash of winter reading." -- The New York Times Book Review


"Walter Judd lifts lovely passages from Tolkien's prose to elucidate on different plant species. There is helpful basic botany to further offset [our] 'plant blindness'. Graham Judd's rich, black and white illustrations are intriguing combinations of botanical likenesses and psychological commentary." -- The New York Journal of Books


"Moved by Tolkien's passion for plants, the retired botany professor spent years cataloging every plant that appeared in his writing, eventually compiling a list of 141 different species. He teamed up with his son, Graham, a professional illustrator. And together, they embarked on quest to transform that list into a botanical guide to Middle Earth." -- NPR


"No one who dips into, or better still, reads this book will ever think of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit in the same way again." -- Nature Plants