The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 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 celebration of the 75th anniversary

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.

 

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Wayne G. Hammond, the co-author of "J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography," lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, Christina Scull. A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher. Christina Scull, the editor of the journal "The Tolkien Collector," lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, Wayne G. Hammond.
 
Published October 1, 2011 by HarperCollins. 128 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Marking the 75th anniversary of the publication of the beloved classic (and publishing just in time for Peter Jackson's new film), this handsome volume is a splendid introduction to Tolkien the artist

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Marking the 75th anniversary of the publication of the beloved classic (and publishing just in time for Peter Jackson's new film), this handsome volume is a splendid introduction to Tolkien the artist, a skill of which many of his fans are ignorant.

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