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Illustrations by J R R Tolkien from THE ART OF THE HOBBIT Published by Harper Collins





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To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, a sumptuous full colour art book containing the complete collection of more than 100 Hobbit sketches, drawings, paintings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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 colour plates which are 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.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, the complete artwork created by the author for his story has been collected in The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Including related pictures, more than one hundred sketches, drawings, paintings, maps, and plans are presented here, preliminary and alternate versions and experimental designs as well as finished art. Some of these images are now published for the first time, and others for the first time in colour. Fresh digital scans from the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford and Marquette University in Wisconsin allow Tolkien’s Hobbit pictures to be seen more vividly than ever before.

This is a magnificent collectors' item, beautifully printed and presented, with the illustrations themselves in perfect clarity and of a size that certainly does them justice. This is a particularly timely publication, with the current filming of the two-part THE HOBBIT by Peter Jackson. There is never any real need for a revival of Tolkien's work - it will forever be in demand - but this is a fitting tribute to a fine artist, whilst at the same time guaranteed to bring enormous pleasure to those of us who find his fantasy works both inspirational and essential reading. The commentary by the authors is scholarly but informative, but the real star of the show is the plates, the actual illustrations that precede Tolkien's massive work on LORD OF THE RINGS. Insightful, classy, lavish, stupendous. You couldn't find a better gift than this for the average, let alone committed Tolkien fan. Sumptuous.

The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien has been written and edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, two of the leading experts on Tolkien and authors of the acclaimed J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator, The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Companion, and The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide.


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