Researchers discovered more than 100 illustrations created by JRR Tolkien in the archive of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Publisher Harper Collins have the rights, and as it is the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit, they took the decision to publish a deluxe limited edition of the famous fantasy book that contained some of the original sketches.
In an article for The Guardian, David Brawn of Harper Collins said;
“That was a surprise. I thought there might be 40-50 in total.
“But there are 110 Hobbit pictures, about two dozen of which haven’t been published before.
“It includes his conceptual sketches for the cover design, a couple of early versions of the maps and pages where he’s experimenting with the runic forms, as well as a couple of manuscript pages.
“It shows that Tolkien’s creativity went beyond the writing, that it was a fully thought out conception.”
The book, The Art of the Hobbit, was published on the 27th of October and is not incredibly expensive. Some Amazon stores are doing their standard huge discounts.