The Pictures of J. R. R. Tolkien

The Pictures of J. R. R. Tolkien

by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Gilbert Taylor
Collected chiefly from calendars printed in the 1970s, a time coincident with the peak of Hobbit-mania, these 60-plus illustrations should rewarm the hearts of travelers through Middle Earth. Tolkien sketched in crayon, watercolor, and ballpoint pen the varied locales traversed by Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, weighed down by their possesion of the all-powerful, corrupting One Ring. It's hard to determine which is the more awesome: the expansion of that simple good-versus-evil story idea into a sustained, multivolume epic of a parallel universe, or the transformation of Tolkien himself into a publishing bonanza. The core of four books ("The Hobbit" and The Lord of the Rings trilogy) has generated 17 English-language editions at a minimum, and double or treble that number of ancillary tracts that explain and extoll Tolkein's intricate and charming schemata. Apart from that corpus, his artwork would have languished in obscurity, but as his books are cherished, so will be his imagined world as he visually rendered it.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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