This book contains J.R.R. Tolkein's artwork (the stuff he did himself). This provides unique glimpses into Middle Earth the way he saw it (as other reviewers have mentioned).
Additionally, this work contains many non-Middle-Earth-related works. The section on his early works help clarify his other paintings by providing an artistic sense of the world around him, and the section on artwork for children is helpful too (includes pieces from "Roverandum" among others).
This is not just finished art though. There are sketches on letters or notes, for example, and one case of color doodles on a newspaper classified section (I found this one particularly amusing).
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YA?A fascinating glimpse into the life of the writer and artist. Over 200 reproductions of Tolkien's paintings, drawings, and sketches fill this engaging title. Basically arranged chronologically into six sections, the book explores the man's early work; visions, myths, and legends; art for children; The Hobbit; "The Lord of the Rings"; and patterns and devices. In a readable style, Hammond and Scull weave their subject's writing career with his love of art. Tolkien's use of inks, washes, watercolors, and pencil is examined. Many previously unpublished illustrations are included and preliminary sketches show how they developed. Excerpted text shows the art within the context of its completed work.?John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.