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3.0 out of 5 stars Good volume but supplanted by "J. R. R. Tolkien: Author and Illustrator.", 26 Oct 2012
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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