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Oliphaunt Limited Edition Print [Special Edition] [Poster]

J. R. R. Tolkien

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1 Mar 2010

This limited edition poster reproduces the poem ‘Oliphaunt’ from The Lord of the Rings and has been produced by traditional methods on a letter-press using metal type to print the poem and woodblock type to blind emboss the title of the work. Printed on specially imported paper, the poster is limited to just 100 copies worldwide.

This letterpress print is one of a limited printing of 100 copies, which have been printed and numbered by hand by the artists, Richard Ardagh and Graham Bignell at New North Press.

The print reproduces the poem, "Oliphaunt", as recited by Sam the Hobbit in Book IV, Chapter 3 of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is an old fireside rhyme of the Shire that describes a legendary beast used by Men out of the South, who build houses and towers upon its back.

The type of the print has been set by hand in two sections: metal type for the poem itself and a wooden type collage for the unprinted impression of the repeated title. Both sections are printed on an Albion Press on pre-damped Moulin du Glue paper. The metal type is printed first and paper kept damp while the ink dries. The following day the wooden type is 'blind embossed' or pulled without ink and placed on the drying rack.

The printing is strictly limited to a run of 100 posters which are for sale worldwide; there will be no further copies produced. Each print is supplied loosely rolled in its own triangular shipping tube and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artists, Richard Ardagh and Graham Bignell of New North Press, and features the corresponding number of limitation.

It is a truly unique item that will form an elegant part of any collection; once framed, it will prove a talking point and treasured heirloom for many years to come.

Take a look at our special feature page for more images and a video on how this print was made.

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father’s death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

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4.0 out of 5 stars You wouldn't forget 3 Dec 2001
By Alyssa A. Lappen - Published on Amazon.com
My philosophy in children's books has always been to challenge the listeners, no matter how tiny. No board book that contains delightful poetry is too sophisticated for tikes, and this one is no exception.
Nothing difficult in these lines:
"Grey as a mouse
Big as a house
Nose like a snake
I make the earth shake,"
As much comes across in the tone of the reader as in the words.
You can convey a lot by assuming a grandiose rumbling voice to read
"Biggest of all,
Huge, old and tall.
If you'd ever met me,
You wouldn't forget me."
Frank Hinton's cute watercolor illustrations show a lot that kids might not get just from the words. It's a shame this keeper is out of print. Alyssa A. Lappen
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Okay story. Horrible Illustrations. 18 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
What a mess. The illustrations by this Hank Hinton guy looks like something done by a first year art student.
It's a shame too because Tolkien's work always seems more enjoyable with a good rawing or too.
It appears the book is out of print. One look at the illustrations and I can see why.
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