J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator

J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator

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J.R.R. Tolkien, renowned author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, was an artist in pictures as well as in words. Though he often remarked that he had no talent for drawing, his art has charmed his readers and has been exhibited to large and appreciative audiences. In fact, his talent was greater than he admitted, and his sense of design was natural and keen. This book explores Tolkien's art at length, from his childhood paintings and drawings to his final sketches. At its heart are his illustrations for his books, especially his tales of Middle-earth. Also examined are the pictures Tolkien made for his children, notably in The Father Christmas Letters and the story Mr. Bliss; his expressive calligraphy; his love of decoration; and his contributions to the typography and design of his books. J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist & Illustrator includes 200 reproductions, many in color and over half published for the first time.
Publisher: Boston Houghton Mifflin Co. 1995
ISBN: 9780395748169
Characteristics: 207p.: ill.(chiefly col.) 30cm
Additional Contributors: Scull, Christina


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Feb 12, 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 200 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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