The Art of the Hobbit by J. R. R. TolkienThe Art of the Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Art of the Hobbit

byJ. R. R. Tolkien

Hardcover | December 13, 2011

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To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, a sumptuous full colour art book containing the complete collection of more than 100 Hobbit sketches, drawings, paintings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.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 colour plates which are 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.To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, the complete artwork created by the author for his story has been collected in The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Including related pictures, more than one hundred sketches, drawings, paintings, maps, and plans are presented here, preliminary and alternate versions and experimental designs as well as finished art. Some of these images are now published for the first time, and others for the first time in colour. Fresh digital scans from the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford and Marquette University in Wisconsin allow Tolkien's Hobbit pictures to be seen more vividly than ever before.The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien has been written and edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, two of the leading experts on Tolkien and 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.

About The Author

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.Wayne G. Hammond is a librarian a...
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Title:The Art of the HobbitFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pagesPublished:December 13, 2011Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007440812

ISBN - 13:9780007440818

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great addition to any Tolkien collection. Having many editions of "The Hobbit" , I'm always looking for new additions to my Tolkien collection (of about one hundred books). This high quality book is a welcome addition. It is not an illustrated edition of "The Hobbit" story, but a look at the development of Tolkien's illustrations, from rough pencil sketches through to the final published works. This wonderful slipcased book, and the information it contained, certainly added to my appreciation of Tolkien the artist, and the book will look great on my shelf. I highly recommend it to any Tolkien fan. By the way, I saved quite a bit by pre-ordering it about a month before it became available.
Date published: 2011-12-16

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