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Feb 27 2007, 2:47am

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Sweet? [In reply to] Can't Post

"We still call it Durin's Day when the last moon of Autumn and the sun are in the sky together." To have that detail illustrated on the original binding, along with Tolkien's concept of a dragon - that is amazingly cool!

Did any readers get the "Th"-s and the "D"? Probably only the ones who, like me, set about "translating" the map after coming across it!

In the final cover Tolkien wisely moved Smaug from day into night, since night is when Smaug attacked Laketown. It would have been amusing if, in each of the Eagles' talons, a miniature figure could have been seen! And the blanket of detail and those cryptic runes around the edges...this is no ordinary children's story.

I love it. And so did Tolkien's publishers.

Still 'round the corner there may wait
A new road, or a secret gate...

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**JRRT: Artist & Illustrator. The Hobbit, Part II Cover Art** squire Send a private message to squire Feb 26 2007, 1:09am
    I've rarely seen cover art with the central focus on the binding, and no room on the back Curious Send a private message to Curious Feb 27 2007, 1:17am
    Sweet? dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 27 2007, 2:47am


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