J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist and 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 ...
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Overview

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.

Though he often remarked that he had no talent for drawing, Tolkien's sense of design was both natural and keen. His art has charmed his readers and has been exhibited to many appreciative audiences. This book explores Tolkien's art at length, from his childhood paintings and drawings to his final sketches, and features 200 reproductions, more than half never before published.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Along with maps, Tolkien self-illustrated many of his works, and a large portion of his artwork is included in this volume with comment by the authors. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
YAA fascinating glimpse into the life of the writer and artist. Over 200 reproductions of Tolkien's paintings, drawings, and sketches fill this engaging title. Basically arranged chronologically into six sections, the book explores the man's early work; visions, myths, and legends; art for children; The Hobbit; "The Lord of the Rings"; and patterns and devices. In a readable style, Hammond and Scull weave their subject's writing career with his love of art. Tolkien's use of inks, washes, watercolors, and pencil is examined. Many previously unpublished illustrations are included and preliminary sketches show how they developed. Excerpted text shows the art within the context of its completed work.John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Barbara Elleman
Much has been written about Tolkien's work; Carpenter's splendid biography, "Tolkien" (1977), reveals fascinating insights into the man's life and books. Interestingly however, until now his art has been mostly ignored; Hammond and Scull reverse this oversight in an informative exploration that includes more than 200 reproductions of the drawings, sketches, and paintings Tolkien made from his early childhood through his final years. In a loosely chronological, well-documented text, the authors discuss Tolkien's early work, the "Father Christmas" letters to his children (recently released with facsimile letters), the images made in connection with "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" cycle (which, unlike his stories, received mixed reviews), and his later fascination with decorative patterns and designs. The open and inviting format and the reproductions of his art make this a Tolkien lover's dream, and the insightful text will quickly capture attention as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395748169
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/27/1995
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.07 (w) x 11.56 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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WAYNE G. HAMMOND and CHRISTINA SCULL are the authors of J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator as well as the editors of Tolkien's Roverandom and the fiftieth anniversary edition of Farmer Giles of Ham. They have been honored three times with the prestigious Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inkling Studies.

Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond are the editors of Tolkien's Roverandom and the fiftieth anniversary edition of Farmer Giles of Ham and the authors of the groundbreaking study J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator. They have been honored three times by the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inkling Studies.

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