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Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien [Hardcover]

J.R.R. Tolkien
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27 Oct 1992
This collection of pictures, with a revised text by Christopher Tolkien, provides an insight into Tolkien's visual conception of many of the places and characters familiar to readers of such books as "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 Moira Gate and Minas Tirith.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Cassel dump list; Rev Sub edition (27 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395606489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395606483
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 30.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,178,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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Christopher Tolkien, born on 21st November 1924, is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself since his father's death in 1973 to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion and the collections entitled Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth. Since 1975 he has lived in France with his wife Baillie.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
First published in 1979, PICTURES BY J. R. R. Tolkien has since been supplanted by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull's J. R. R. Tolkien: Author and Illustrator. The pictures were also published in the Tolkien calenders from 1973 to 1979, save for 1975. The Tolkien estate then authorized a revised version in 1992.

Almost all of the art from Pictures is available in J. R. R. Tolkien: Author and Illustrator and much more. The only material exclusive to this volume is Christopher Tolkien's notes and forward and a very select handful of artwork, so unless you want that or you are a Tolkien collector, I would advise to go with the Author and Illustrator volume.

The Hammand and Scull volume also better elaborate on the role of Tolkien's art in his life. Ultimately, Tolkien was an amateur artist, and I mean that in the best sort of sense. He did not paint professionally, nor was he paid for his artwork. He produced the paintings in his own time (just like his books). In many ways his work is the best about Middle-earth that is around or available. Although Tolkien frequently complained his could not draw, he produced some truly remarkable landscape work, especially the work in the 1998 ROVERANDOM. One of my personal favorites Bilbo floating down the river with the barrels that the Estate used for the 1970s publiation of THE HOBBIT. Tolkien produced some great work in his time and his art is definitely worth checking out, especially if you want to learn more about this fascinating author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but "Artist" is a good alternative 15 Jun 2006
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This is a great book with many of Tolkien's most wonderful pictures (those used in a series of LOTR calendars featuring his art), but rather than pay the usually very high price for it (it is long out of print), I would recommend "JRR Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator" (also found on amazon.com), which contains nearly all of the paintings, etc. from "Pictures by JRR Tolkien" in addition to a great many of Tolkien's pictures not included in "Pictures" (200 total, as opposed to "Pictures"'s 47). "Artist" is still in print, so is much more affordable. The only advantage of "Pictures is that it has many of the colored versions of Tolkien's pen-and-ink drawings (colored by H. E. Riddet) not included in "Artist". While the most obsessive Tolkien fans will want both "Pictures" and "Artist", most will be content without the far more expensive (and less inclusive) "Pictures."
44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the fantastic pictures Tolkien ever made!!! 8 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The only book with all the paintings and drawing by J.R.R Tolkien. Discover visually the author's own idea about his world. Moreover, it's a very beautiful book : the cover is nice and the drawings are awesome
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good volume but supplanted by "J. R. R. Tolkien: Author and Illustrator." 10 Sep 2012
By Mike London - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First published in 1979, PICTURES BY J. R. R. Tolkien has since been supplanted by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull's J. R. R. Tolkien: Author and Illustrator. The pictures were also published in the Tolkien calenders from 1973 to 1979, save for 1975. The Tolkien estate then authorized a revised version in 1992.

Almost all of the art from Pictures is available in J. R. R. Tolkien: Author and Illustrator and much more. The only material exclusive to this volume is Christopher Tolkien's notes and forward and a very select handful of artwork, so unless you want that or you are a Tolkien collector, I would advise to go with the Author and Illustrator volume.

The Hammand and Scull volume also better elaborate on the role of Tolkien's art in his life. Ultimately, Tolkien was an amateur artist, and I mean that in the best sort of sense. He did not paint professionally, nor was he paid for his artwork. He produced the paintings in his own time (just like his books). In many ways his work is the best about Middle-earth that is around or available. Although Tolkien frequently complained his could not draw, he produced some truly remarkable landscape work, especially the work in the 1998 ROVERANDOM. One of my personal favorites Bilbo floating down the river with the barrels that the Estate used for the 1970s publiation of THE HOBBIT. Tolkien produced some great work in his time and his art is definitely worth checking out, especially if you want to learn more about this fascinating author.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One He Didn't Have 17 Oct 2012
By Ayo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My fiance has every single JRR Tolkien book ever printed, and did not have this. He loved it, and it's part of why he's my fiance now.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it- almost love it 16 Feb 2013
By Sara, Sweden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I like this book alot. But every picture drawn by Tolkiens own hand is possible to find in other newprinted books.
The pictures that was new to me, was drawn by Toliken but coloured by another artist, and that is the only reason this book only get 4 out of 5 stars. The real value in this book in my opinion is described in the forewords by Christopher Tolkien, its the complete overlook of the Tolkien calendras that was released during the 70s. And overall its a lot of fun, and a lovely pice for a Tolkien fan.
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