Draws of Tolkien by himself

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Middle-earthly powers The dustjacket for the first edition of “The Hobbit” (Image © The Tolkien Estate)

“Fantasy Landscape” (1915)

“The Tree of Tongues” (1930-7) A professional philologist, Tolkien used his expertise to trace the many inter-related Elvish languages in this chart. It shows that each subsesquent language was derived from Valarin, the language of the Gods.

“Drawing by Father Christmas of the Aurora Borealis” (1926) This illustration from 1926 (when his sons were aged nine, six and two – his daughter, Priscilla, was born in 1929) shows what happened when the North Polar Bear accidentally caused “the most monstrous firework there ever has been” and “turned on all the Northern Lights for two years in one go.”

“The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water” (1937) The depiction of the rural idyll was inspired by the countryside outside Birmingham, where Tolkien grew up.

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