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

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

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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. 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.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2011.
ISBN: 9780007440818
Characteristics: 143 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (chiefly col.)


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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 20, 2018

Note that the full title is *The Art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien*. I’m sure it is written out that way to indicate that this book is about the novel by Tolkien, not about the art of Peter Jackson’s film version.

Hammond and Scull are the authors of a previous book about Tolkien’s art, *J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist and Illustrator.* That was a completely fascinating biography of Tolkien as an artist, examining his drawings, paintings, and doodles. This title is limited to discussion of the artworks which Tolkien created to illustrate his children’s book, *The Hobbit*. The authors state that this book includes reproductions of every extant version of every piece of art Tolkien created for the novel, including preliminary sketches and maps. The reproductions are well produced and the explanations are detailed. If you are deeply into *The Hobbit* or into Tolkien’s artwork, this is pretty interesting; but I think most people will be content with glancing through it.

(And to correct another poster, J.R.R. stands for John *Ronald* Reuel.)

Feb 21, 2018

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 Ronald Reuel.

Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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