The Book of Ishness

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The Book of Ishness was a sketchbook, begun by J.R.R. Tolkien on 6 January 1914, where he collected illustrations devoted to "imaginative subjects".[1]

John D. Rateliff has suggested that Tolkien's creation of the word ishness might have been inspired by a passage in chapter 7 of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: "did you ever see a thing as a drawing of a muchness!".[2]

Many of the paintings and sketches have been published in various artwork collections, such as J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend and Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth.

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