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**JRRT: Artist & Illustrator. The Hobbit, Part II – Open Discussion**


Feb 26 2007, 6:02am

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*tap, tap* Is this thing on? It’s Monday, technically. Can I finish up, here? Had to watch the Oscars, after all.

Well, we’ve staggered through a second week on The Hobbit chapter from Hammond & Scull’s J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator. The Hobbit was the apex of Tolkien’s ‘career’ as an illustrator of his own works. Although he painted and drew his entire life, none of his other artwork came to public attention until the J. R. R. Tolkien Calendar of 1973 (I think it was that year). I remember being staggered by Barad-dur – it looked nothing like what I’d imagined!

Let that be, for the “Tolkien illustrates LotR” discussion. What I’d ask here is:

What did Tolkien learn from having to prepare publishable artwork for the first time in his life? What did you learn from this chapter (both Part I with N.E.B. and Part II with me)?

Did any of the experience of illustrating The Hobbit inform his theory in “On Fairy-stories”: that is, that illustration is antithetical to fantasy writing?

What would you like to talk about, that I’ve totally missed?

squire online:
RR Discussions: The Valaquenta, A Shortcut to Mushrooms, and Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
Footeramas: The 3rd TORn Reading Room LotR Discussion; and "Tolkien would have LOVED it!"
squiretalk introduces the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: A Reader's Diary

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**JRRT: Artist & Illustrator. The Hobbit, Part II – Open Discussion** squire Send a private message to squire Feb 26 2007, 6:02am
    Fairy Stories and the problems of illustration a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Feb 26 2007, 12:00pm
    Thanks, and calendars drogo Send a private message to drogo Feb 26 2007, 12:18pm
    With the exception of Smaug, Tolkien did not draw his most fantastical visions. Curious Send a private message to Curious Feb 27 2007, 11:06am
    Mahalo Nui Loa Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Mar 2 2007, 7:11pm
    What did Tolkien learn? dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Mar 14 2007, 1:17am


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