Uncovered Tolkien Drawings Mark The 75th Anniversary Of "The Hobbit"
Via The Guardian:
The published version of The Hobbit included about 20 illustrations from JRR Tolkien. But as it turns out, those were only the drawings that made the cut.
HarperCollins is prepping for the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit (and the accompanying film from Peter Jackson), and they said, "Hey, let's go check out Tolkien's archives at the Bodleian Library in Oxford to see if it's got any cool stuff." Then they found more than 100 additional drawings and presumably popped some champagne to celebrate.
The illustrations range from simple line drawings to watercolors. The collection will be published in the UK on Thursday (that was quick!) as The Art of the Hobbit. It is unclear whether that is the US release date as well.
This would be a significant find at any point, but I think it'll be especially interesting now, to compare these drawings--which I imagine expand on the visual language of Tolkien's world--to the visual style established by Peter Jackson.
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