J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator
Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull
Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000 - Art - 207 pages
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) renowned author of THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE SILMARILLION, was an artist in pictures as well as in words. Though he often remarked that he had no talent for drawing, his art has charmed his readers and has been exhibited to large and appreciative audiences the world over. In fact, his talent was far more than he admitted, and his sense of design was natural and keen.
J.R.R. TOLKIEN: ARTIST & ILLUSTRATOR explores Tolkien's art at length, from his childhood paintings and drawings to his final sketches. At its heart are his illustrations for his books, especially his tales of Middle-earth. Also examined are the pictures Tolkien made for his children, his expressive calligraphy, his love of decoration, and his contributions to the typography and design of his books.
With 200 reproductions, many in full colour, this lavishly-produced book offers a perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to discover a largely unexplored aspect of J.R.R. Tolkien's character.
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Review: JRR Tolkien: Artist and IllustratorUser Review - Tommy Grooms - Goodreads
Fantastic collection of Tolkien's artwork. His writing deservedly gets the lion's share of praise and attention, but the man was not only immensely talented as an artist, but accomplished. Some of his ... Read full review
Review: JRR Tolkien: Artist and IllustratorUser Review - Hamilton Johnson - Goodreads
This is a very cool book if you are at all interested in Tolkien's artwork. I was especially liked his illustrations for The Lord of the Rings, which I hadn't seen before. Read full review