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The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (review)

The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (review) Book Reviews The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, by Wayne G. Hammond & Chris- tina Scull. London: HarperCollins, 2011. 143 pp. $40.00 (slipcased). ISBN 9780007440818. An exhibit of many of the originals of Tolkien’s artwork for The Hob- bit graced the 1987 Mythopoeic Conference (the 18th) at Marquette University. I was pleased with the opportunity to see the originals of some of Tolkien’s pieces. Included in the exhibit was “Bilbo Comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves.” Two things struck me on first sight: “It’s so small,” and then “It’s so blue.” Virtually all reproductions of this piece present an over-all green hue to the image. Seeing the original, I real- ized two things about why the reproductions look as they do: the sun which peeps over the edge of the background mountain is very, very pale, and the sky is such a delicate blue wash it is almost invisible. In order to bring up the detail of the rising sun, the painting is usually filtered through a faint yellow screen. The result is the familiar green hue of most of the reproductions. Also included in the Marquette exhibit was the original painting of “Conversation with Smaug.” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (review)

Tolkien Studies , Volume 10 – Jul 18, 2013

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Book Reviews The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, by Wayne G. Hammond & Chris- tina Scull. London: HarperCollins, 2011. 143 pp. $40.00 (slipcased). ISBN 9780007440818. An exhibit of many of the originals of Tolkien’s artwork for The Hob- bit graced the 1987 Mythopoeic Conference (the 18th) at Marquette University. I was pleased with the opportunity to see the originals of some of Tolkien’s pieces. Included in the exhibit was “Bilbo Comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves.” Two things struck me on first sight: “It’s so small,” and then “It’s so blue.” Virtually all reproductions of this piece present an over-all green hue to the image. Seeing the original, I real- ized two things about why the reproductions look as they do: the sun which peeps over the edge of the background mountain is very, very pale, and the sky is such a delicate blue wash it is almost invisible. In order to bring up the detail of the rising sun, the painting is usually filtered through a faint yellow screen. The result is the familiar green hue of most of the reproductions. Also included in the Marquette exhibit was the original painting of “Conversation with Smaug.”

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Tolkien StudiesWest Virginia University Press

Published: Jul 18, 2013

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