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These Drawings By J.R.R. Tolkien Bring Middle-Earth To Life

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Posted on July 18, 2018, at 12:07 p.m. ET

In conjunction with its "Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth" exhibition, the University of Oxford has released a book of everything Tolkien — his original artwork, correspondences with friends and fans, family photos, early manuscripts, and more. Below, some of the sketches and paintings that show Middle-earth (and beyond!) as Tolkien himself envisioned it.

Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves, July 1937

© The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937


The Trolls, January 1937

© The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937


Roverandom illustration

© Tolkien Trust 1992

The final version of Thror's map, 1936

© The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937

Conversation with Smaug, July 1937

© The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937


Annotated map of Middle-earth

© Williams College Oxford Programme & The Tolkien Estate Ltd., 2018

Sketch for The Forest River, July 1937

© The Tolkien Estate Limited 1978

The Shores of Faery

© The Tolkien Trust 1995

The Fire-writing, 1953

© The Tolkien Trust 2015

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth is available now.

University of Oxford

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