A man by the name of Walter Judd read Tolkien’s work on plants ins the author’s novels and was inspired to create is how guide, so to speak, on every fictional plant he was able to document from the author’s works. He even got his son, Graham Judd, to get onboard with the project and offer his artistry skills and provided drawing of each plant that Walter was able to document. The reasoning was because for Walter, better understanding fictional plants helped him connect with real world plants.
- J.R.R. Tolkien had a deep appreciation for plants and they play a big role in his writings.
- Biologist Walter Judd feels that studying Tolkien’s botanical creations helps him appreciate plants in the real world.
- Tolkien used real plants in his books and also made up plants that are based on actual species.
“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.”