Visualizing the Word: Tolkien as Artist and Writer Jeffrey J. MacLeod and Anna Smol .R.R. Tolkien was not only a writer but also a visual artist. Early assessments by Priscilla Tolkien and John Ellison outlined some of the distinctive features of Tolkien’s art w wohrik c,h has now been made more widely available to readers and viewers in three collections by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull: J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & I-llus trator provides an overview of his lifelong activities in drawing-, paint ing, calligraphy, and design, and The Art o Th f e Hobbit and The Art of The Lord of the Rings allow a glimpse into the drafting of b t h oo th o se f manuscripts T . hese volumes, largely descriptive and biographica-l, pro vide the groundwork for further studies of Tolkien’s art and h - is inu fl ences. Michael Organ, for example, discusses Japonisme as a source for Tolkien’Ho s bbit dust jacket design and for the imagery of m-oun tains, dragons, and waves in his writing. Mary Podles turns t o fairy- tale illustrators and Art Nouveau style as sources of ideas for Tolkien’s art and writing; and Jonathan Jones comments on
Tolkien Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Nov 30, 2017
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