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The Hill sketch

The Hill sketch

Jul 25, 2016

Can anyone tell me if they know if this sketch was published anywhere aside from the 1979 edition of 'Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien'? Thanks!

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Jul 25, 2016
Not sure but if anyone is interested the original coloured version is on display in Oxford at moment alongside a Pauline Baynes drawing.
Great to see it in the flesh
Jul 25, 2016
Being at work now, I cannot check my own copies, but I would expect it to appear in either The Art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien or The Art of the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (both ed. by Hammond & Scull)
Jul 25, 2016
It isn't in Artist and Illustrator (lost of other versions, though).
Jul 25, 2016
oh- I've seen the 'Treasures' exhibition; and I plan to visit again; but when I went there it wasn't the Hill on display, nor anything by Pauline Baynes - it was 'Bilbo comes to the huts of the Raft-elves', along with a map of Narnia drawn by CS Lewis.
Jul 25, 2016

Troels Forchhammer wrote:
Being at work now, I cannot check my own copies, but I would expect it to appear in either The Art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien or The Art of the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (both ed. by Hammond & Scull)


I can see similar sketches in The Art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, but not exactly the same, looks like it only does appear in the first printing of the 1979 edition of 'Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien'. The later printing of Pictures that I have includes the published picture from the 1st UK impression of The Hobbit.
Jul 25, 2016
I've just taken a quick look at The Art of The Hobbit, and Artist & Illustrator, and the 50th ann. ed. of TH - this drawing doesn't appear in any of them.
Jul 25, 2016
The drawing in question has been published only in the first edition of Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien. In his foreword to the second edition, Christopher Tolkien notes the 'unfortunate error' in the first of 'an unpublished sketch' being substituted for the finished ink frontispiece of the first printing of The Hobbit; and Wayne thus described it in the Descriptive Bibliography as a preliminary pencil sketch. When we came to write J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator and were able to see the original art at the Bodleian, we found that the so-called 'sketch' was in fact a tracing Tolkien had made of the ink frontispiece to transfer its outlines to a fresh sheet, on which he made the watercolour version: see Artist and Illustrator, p. 107 and note 21, and The Art of The Hobbit, p. 31, where we describe the process. Since the tracing was neither a preliminary sketch nor finished art, but only a 'mechanical' in which there was no development, there was no point in reproducing it.

Wayne & Christina
Jul 25, 2016
Ah, a trace. Thanks so much! That was exactly the information I was looking for.
Jul 28, 2016
HarperCollins have confirmed that the facsimile first edition, first impression UK Hobbit will be published on the 22nd September 2016.

More info on the Tolkien Society website

http://www.tolkiensociety.org/2016/07 ... ublished-on-22-september/
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