J.R.R. Tolkien’s complete artwork for The Hobbit, presented for the first time in this edition. 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 Hobbitby 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.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||10.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
WAYNE G. HAMMOND and CHRISTINA SCULL are leading experts on Tolkien and the authors of the acclaimed J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator, The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, and The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide.
Date of Birth:January 3, 1892
Date of Death:September 2, 1973
Place of Birth:Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
Place of Death:Oxford, England
Education:B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919
What People are Saying About This
“A splendid introduction to Tolkien the artist . . . Editors and experts Hammond and Scull walk through the classic book's publication history, providing context for the over 100 pieces of artwork, some never before published, which the author prepared to accompany his account of Bilbo Baggins's adventures.” – Publishers Weekly
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My husband has long enjoyed and collected the works of JRR Tolkien so when I saw this volume of original drawings by the writer I knew I had found the perfect Christmas gift for this year. He happened to be home when it arrived by mail so I made it an early gift and he has already declared it a very "precious" addition to his collection and a well-bought gift. Very special for those who appreciate its contribution to the Tolkien columes.
I think that “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien was a very good book and I most definitely recommend it for others. Brad James says, “This book set was printed for hobbits, not for those who dwell in the realm of man.” I disagree with this comment for three reasons. One reason is that this book is very action packed and thrilling. During the battling scene with the dwarves and goblins, it added much intensity and excitement, making the book more and more interesting every page you turn. The second reason is characters, like Gandalf, who made the book better because he always came to the rescue in times of hope and despair, when Bilbo and the dwarfs needed him the most. An example of this was when the trolls caught all of the men except Bilbo. Gandalf saved the dwarfs by distracting the trolls, using a voice that sounded like there's, and interrupting their conversations by shouting “false” until the sun reached the horizon, turning them into stone. Finally, third person omniscient helped make this story even better by showing the reader not only what Bilbo was thinking, but what the dwarfs were too. An example of this was when the reader figured out how Thorin thought of Bilbo when he tried to help out the townspeople. We soon found out that Thorin was filled with rage towards Bilbo for helping these innocent people. My favorite character in this book was Legolas. I say this because in the end of the book, when Smaug burnt down Lake Town, he shoot the dragon right in the heart, ending his life forever. Legolas became a hero at the end of the book by saving most of the Lake Town residents from the flames of Smaug. My favorite quote in The Hobbit is, “Thank goodness! Said Bilbo laughing, and handed him the tobacco-jar” (305). This quote is my favorite because it concludes the journey of Bilbo Baggins as he returns home and shows him saying his final goodbyes to Gandalf, who he hopes to see once again!