The Pictures of J. R. R. Tolkien

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In this sumptuous collection of Tolkien's art, we gain a new understanding of the visual aspects of his remarkable imagination. This memorable collection will delight Tolkien enthusiasts with its beauty and its range. It contains 48 full-color reproductions of Tolkien's paintings and colored drawings, as well as original pen-and-ink drawings, some published here for the first time. Long out of print, the volume is now re-issued with a revised text by Christopher Tolkien. Pictures will provide a unique and ...
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Overview

In this sumptuous collection of Tolkien's art, we gain a new understanding of the visual aspects of his remarkable imagination. This memorable collection will delight Tolkien enthusiasts with its beauty and its range. It contains 48 full-color reproductions of Tolkien's paintings and colored drawings, as well as original pen-and-ink drawings, some published here for the first time. Long out of print, the volume is now re-issued with a revised text by Christopher Tolkien. Pictures will provide a unique and fascinating insight into Tolkien's visual conception of many of the places and characters familiar to readers of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Examples of his art range from delicate watercolours depicting Rivendell, the Forest of Lothlorien, Smaug and Old Man Willow to drawings and sketches of Moria Gate and Minas Tirith. Together they form a comprehensive collection of Tolkien's own illustrations for his most popular books. Also included are many of his beautiful designs showing patterns of flowers and trees, friezes, tapestries and heraldic devices associated with the world of Middle-earth. In their variety and scope they provide abundant visual evidence of the richness of his imagination. Christopher Tolkien's text gives detailed notes on the sources for each picture.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395606483
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/27/1992
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 12.10 (w) x 12.49 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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