Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012), Edition: First Edition, 144 pages. $40.00.
Tolkien's complete artwork for "The Hobbit," presented for the first time in celebration of the 75th anniversary, includes related pictures, more than 100 sketches, drawings, paintings, maps, and plans.
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144 p.; 10 inches
0547928254 / 9780547928258
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In The Art of The Hobbit, editors Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull compile all of the artwork J.R.R. Tolkien created while writing the various drafts of The Hobbit prior to George Allen & Unwin’s interest in it and then as potential illustrations for the published product. Hammond and Scull arrange the illustrations in the order of their subject within The Hobbit followed by chronologically by subject so that readers may see how Tolkien altered each over time. Using both Tolkien’s notes, correspondence between he and his publisher, and later letters, Hammond and Scull discuss Tolkien’s inspirations – including historical architecture, his own trip to the Alps, and illustrated books with which he would be familiar – as well as the reason he altered illustrations over time, either due to his own frustration with getting the material just right or due to limitations in the reproduction process. This, like Hammond and Scull’s The Art of the Lord of the Rings, offers an invaluable look into the ideas that never made it into the final version of Tolkien’s legendarium and is a must-read for fans of Middle Earth.