Tolkien Notes 1
This is the first in a continuing series of brief notes on Tolkien matters, that is, when the subject doesn’t call for a longer post all to itself, or when we don’t have a lot to say about it.
In time for the holidays, Publishers Weekly for 8 October includes The Art of The Hobbit among art books suitable for gifts. It’s exciting to see our book pictured next to the likes of a volume on one of our favourite artists, Caspar David Friedrich (but also James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters). However, the writer of the article, Michael Coffey, says not only that last month was the 100th anniversary of the first publication of The Hobbit – it is, of course, only 75 years since 1937 – but also that our ‘handsome hardcover . . . contains Tolkien’s 10 original black-and-white illustrations, two maps, and five color scenes he later painted’ – only! Taking up only the part of our blurb for The Art of The Hobbit which explains the art that was originally published in 1937–38, Coffey makes no mention of the dozens of other pictures included in our book.
The Art of The Hobbit is also mentioned in today’s issue of USA Today, in an over-the-top article by Deirdre Donahue.
On Saturday, 27 October, at 11:00 a.m. we will be on a panel about The Hobbit at the Boston Book Festival together with Corey Olsen (Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit), sponsored by our shared publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Questions and answers will follow our respective presentations. The event will be free and open to the public, and will take place in the Hancock Room of the Boston Common Hotel. A schedule for the Festival may be found here.
On Thursday, 8 November, at 4:30 p.m. we will give a public talk, ‘J.R.R. Tolkien and the Art of Middle-earth’, at Marquette University’s Raynor Memorial Library in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More information may be read here.
On Sunday, 18 November, once again we will be on a Hobbit panel with Corey Olsen, at the Miami Book Fair International at Miami-Dade College in Miami, Florida. The schedule has not been set as of this writing, but further information about the Fair may be found here.
While cruising Tolkien listings on Amazon U.K., Christina came upon this for a new, deluxe edition of The Hobbit to be illustrated by Jemima Catlin (publication date 12 September 2013), and this for the 2014 Tolkien calendar (publication date 29 August 2013), also with pictures by Catlin. Who is Jemima Catlin? Presumably it’s the illustrator living and working in Dorset whose website is here (is the picture at far right meant to be Roverandom riding on Mew?), who says she’s ‘working on a major project’ and ‘likes’ HarperCollins on her Facebook page, but we haven’t seen any of her work before.