J.R.R. Tolkien Artist & Illustrator
Christopher Tolkien has said that no study of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works can be complete without also looking at his art.
From his youngest days, Tolkien was drawing. Included in this collection of his work is a drawing he drew in 1904 titled They Slept in Beauty Side by Side. From this young age you can see that he was already quite creative and was looking for an outlet. As time passes, Tolkien moves from landscapes to images from his created worlds and other legands. Included in this book is a couple scenes from Beowulf.
The rest of the book is dedicated to his images from Middle-earth. One of the things I find most intersting about his images from Middle-earth is that there are few artists today who are keeping true to the imagry already drawn by Tolkien. I guess this is a good thing, but it is intersting to see. Another interesting thing to watch is the evolution of places within Middle-earth. There are several different versions of Othanc and each is different.
All in all I love the book and I would like to personally thank Houghton Mifflin for sending a copy out to be reviewed.