Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien
|Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien|
|Publisher||George Allen and Unwin (UK)|
Houghton Mifflin (US)
|Released||1 November 1979 (UK)|
19 November 1979 (US)
|Format||Hardcover with slipcase|
Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien is a collection of artwork by J.R.R. Tolkien, most of them had been published in a series of calendars by George Allen & Unwin for the years 1974 and 1976-1979. Some of these that were previously published only in truncated form are now seen in full.
A revised edition was published in 1992, which includes:
- A preface by Christopher Tolkien.
- Numerous amendments and revisions to Christopher’s notes that accompany the illustrations.
- A few title amendments and picture re-ordering.
A new edition was published in 2021, after nearly 30 years since the last publication.
From the publisher (2021 edition)
This collection of pictures, with text by Christopher Tolkien, now reissued after almost 30 years confirms J.R.R. Tolkien’s considerable talent as an artist. It provides fascinating insight into his visual conception of many of the places and events 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.
- The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water
- The Trolls
- Three Trolls turned to Stone
- Rivendell Looking West
- Rivendell Looking East
- The Mountain-path
- Misty Mountains Looking West
- Bilbo Baggins woke with the early sun in his eyes
- Beorn's Hall
- The Elvenking's Gate (I)
- The Elvenking's Gate (II)
- Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves (I)
- Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves (II)
- Lake Town
- The Front Gate
- Conversation with Smaug
- Smaug flies round the Mountain
- Death of Smaug
- The Hall at Bag End, Residence of B. Baggins Esquire
- Old Man Willow
- Doors of Durin and Moria Gate
- Leaves from the Book of Mazarbul
- Moria Gate (The Steps to the East Gate)
- The Forest of Lothlórien in Spring
- Helm's Deep and the Hornburg
- Orthanc and Minas Tirith
- Shelob's Lair
- Orodruin and Barad-dûr
- Lake Mithrim
- Nargothrond (I)
- Nargothrond (II)
- Gondolin and the Vale of Tumladen
- Tol Sirion
- Mirkwood Fangorn Forest
- Glaurung sets forth to seek Túrin (C. Tolkien altered Glórund to Glaurung in order to be consistent with The Silmarillion)
- Polar bear had fallen from top to bottom onto his nose
- Three Dragons
- Trees [including the 'Tree of Amalion']
- Flowering Tree with Friezes
- Patterns (I)
- Patterns (II)
- Floral Designs [including Pilinehtar]
- Númenórean Tile and Textiles
- Heraldic Devices (with guide)
- Elvish Script
Publication history and gallery
- George Allen and Unwin hardcover with slipcase (1979), pp. 103. ISBN 0047410035
- HarperCollins hardcover (1992), pp. 108. ISBN 0261102583
- HarperCollins hardcover with slipcase (2021), pp. 112. ISBN 0008484449