The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. Tolkien's complete artwork for The Hobbit , presented for the first time in this edition.

When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit , he was already an accomplished amateur artist, and drew illustrations for his book while it was still in manuscript. The Hobbit as first printed had ten black-and-white pictures, two maps, and binding and dust jacket designs by its author. Later, Tolkien also painted five scenes for color plates, which comprise some of his best work. His illustrations for The Hobbit add an extra dimension to that remarkable book, and have long influenced how readers imagine Bilbo Baggins and his world.

Written and edited by leading Tolkien experts Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien showcases the complete artwork created by the author for his story--including related pictures, more than one hundred sketches, drawings, paintings, maps, and plans. Some of these images are published here for the first time, others for the first time in color, allowing Tolkien's Hobbit pictures to be seen completely and more vividly than ever before.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780547928258
0547928254
Characteristics: 143 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 27 cm.

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Not until recently (when I accidentally came across this book) - Had I ever known that the renowned author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings", J.R.R. Tolkien was, indeed, something of a graphic artist and illustrator, as well.

Meticulously compiled by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull - This fine book thoroughly explores Tolkien's artwork, from his childhood paintings and drawings to his final sketches.

This glossy volume also includes 100 reproductions of Tolkien's work, many in colour and over half published here for the very first time.

(*Trivia note*) - Tolkien's initials J.R.R. stand for John Roland Reuel.

Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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