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

ISBN : 9780190276317

Walter S. Judd; Graham A. Judd
416 ページ
156 x 235 mm

The book considers the importance of plants in Tolkien's conception of Middle-earth. It develops the theme that Middle-earth is our own world - and will awaken the reader to the connection between the plants of Tolkien's legendarium and those growing in our gardens and local natural areas of the Northern Hemisphere. It also demonstrates the connection between the various plant communities of Middle-earth and the elven and human cultures that occupy them, including those environments degraded by warfare, industrialization or pollution. The heart of the book is an alphabetical listing, arranged by common names, of all of the plants mentioned in Tolkien's legendarium; for each of these plants the treatment will include: 1) common and scientific name, along with an indication of the family to which the plant belongs, 2) a brief quote from one of Tolkien's works in which the plant is referenced, 3) a discussion of the significance of the plant in the context of Tolkien's legendarium, 4) the etymology relating to both English common name and the scientific name, and where relevant, the name in one or more of the languages of Middle-earth, 5) a brief statement of the plant's distribution and ecology (along with mention of major species), 6) economic uses, both traditional and current, and 7) an easy-to-understand description of the plant. The book provides guidelines to the use of plant descriptions, and the few technical terms used are carefully defined. Many plants are illustrated by original artwork, in the style of a woodcut print, and most are also represented by one to several photographs (showing their diagnostic characteristics). The description along with an identification key, when used with the illustrations and photos, allow easy identification of each plant, adding to the reader's understanding and appreciation of Tolkien's works. A glossary of descriptive terms is also included.


Chapter 1 - Introduction: The Importance of Plants in J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium
Chapter 2 - Plant Communities of Middle-earth
Chapter 3 - The Diversity of Life, with a Focus on the Green Plants
Chapter 4 - Introduction to Plant Morphology - Learning the Language of Plant Descriptions
Chapter 5 - Identification of the Plants of Middle-earth
Chapter 6 - Telperion and Laurelin - The Two Trees of Valinor
Chapter 7 - The Plants of Middle-earth
Chapter 8 - A Note from the Illustrator


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. He has received the Asa Gray Award from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the Jose Cuatrecasas Medal for excellence in Tropical Botany from the Smithsonian Institution, and the Merit Award from the Botanical Society of America.; 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.