J.R.R. Tolkien, renowned author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, was an artist in pictures as well as in words. Though he often remarked that he had no talent for drawing, his art has charmed readers and has been exhibited to large
and appreciative audiences. In fact, his talent was far more than he admitted, and his sense of design was natural and keen. This book explores Tolkien's art at
length, from his childhood paintings and drawings to his final sketches. At its heart are his illustrations for his books, especially his tales of Middle-earth. Also examined are the pictures Tolkien made for his children (notably in his Letters from Father Christmas and for the story of Mr. Bliss), his
expressive calligraphy, his love of decoration, and his contributions to the typography and design of his books. J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator includes 200 reproductions, many in colour and over half appearing exclusively in this book.