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The Plants of Middle Earth: Botany and Sub-Creation

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Beautifully illustrated with dozens of original full-color and black-and-white drawings, The Plants of Middle-earth connects readers visually to the world of Middle-earth, its cultures and characters and the scenes of their adventures. Tolkien's use of flowers, herbs, trees, and other flora creates verisimilitude in Middle-earth, with the flora serving important narrative ...more
Hardcover, 124 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Kent State University Press (first published November 1st 2006)
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Aug 15, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-pleasure, science
It just felt like the book kept forgetting what it set out to do.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
A somewhat peculiar read. By the end, the author reveals that there is so much more botany within Middle-Earth that she simply didn't have time to cover; yet, the book is only ~100 pages long, and certain passages go on and on about the "hidden meaning" of The Lord of the Rings instead of focusing on the natural history of flora - which, incidentally, is what I wanted when I picked up this book! Tolkien mentions about 20 different kinds of trees in The Lord of the Rings; the author covers maybe ...more
Therese Arkenberg
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a charming book!

On the shelf, it stood out not only for the title (of all things it was sub-creation I was drawn to; the concept is Tolkien's gift to the fantasy genre far more than any number of medieval worlds and elves) but also its soothingly soft green cloth binding with gold letters. Inside, it is gorgeously illustrated with drawings and watercolors of the planets, flowers, and trees discussed. The Plants of Middle-Earth belongs on a coffee table or anywhere you'd like a guest to see
Jenna (Falling Letters)
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tolkien, 2017
Review originally published 26 May 2017 at Falling Letters.

I purchased this book expecting a field guide of sorts to the plants found in Middle-earth*. The Plants of Middle-earth instead uses said greenery as a point from which to explore various themes and concepts in Tolkien’s work. Hazell argues that Tolkien’s careful selection and naming of plants both real and fantastic reflects the implications of the grander tale.
The Lord of the Rings is far too complex to be reduced to a simple tale of
Talbot Hook
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aesthetically speaking, this book was beautiful. When I turned to the first chapter, I was nearly struck dumb by how lovely the making of the book was; the dust jacket echoed beautifully the interior pink of the cover and the green of the exterior, and the fine paper with elegant designs and font accentuated the lovely watercolor flowers etched upon its sister page. So, simply from the standpoint of beauty, this book is worth having.

The author offers a lovely synthesis of both gardening and her
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
It is a nice little book with pretty illustrations. It would be a good book for someone new to reading Tolkien criticism. It summarizes his works a lot. There wasn't much meat for a reader to chew on if expecting something to contribute to one's interpretation of or deepening the one's experience of the Tolkien cannon. ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Much more basic than I expected.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Şimdi ne alaka diyeceksiniz, botanik falan... Ben de bilmiyorum. Tolkien'in adını görünce kaptırıyorum kendimi, hepsini okuyasım geliyor. Bu da öyle bir kitaptı işte.

Girişte birkaç sayfada bu kitabın yazılma amacından bahsetmiş yazar, amaç Orta Dünya'nın florasını tanıtmak olduğu halde kitabın büyük çoğunluğunda Tolkien'in yarattığı ya da esinlendiği bitkileri anlatmak yerine bu dünyanın derinliğini övüp durmuş. Evet, Orta Dünya'yı ben de övüyorum, herkes övmeli, ama kitabın asıl odağı botanik
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-booklist
I saw this as a recommended read on here since I have been reading a lot of Tolkein. I got this from another library and it was such a cool book. There are lovely drawings of plants within. Most of the plants that Tolkein featured in his books were real with the exception of a few (athelas, elanor, mallorn, etc.). I'd like to purchase this book for my own library at home. I recommend this if you are a fan. ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Incredibly interesting read! I enjoyed looking at the importance Tolkien placed on plants to round out and detail the settings in the trilogy.
James Madsen
Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tolkien, travel
A delightful discussion of the plants mentioned in Tolkien's legendarium! ...more
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