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Tom Bombadil Cover

May 28, 2014

Today we received from HarperCollins a preview of the cover of the new pocket edition of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book, in advance of the image being released to booksellers at the end of this week. The publication date remains 9 October this autumn. The cover art was adapted from the original wraparound jacket and cover painting by Pauline Baynes. As mentioned here, the new edition includes earlier versions of Tolkien’s poems together with our introduction, comments, and annotations.

  1. May 29, 2014 12:59 pm

    Absolutely lovely.

  2. June 26, 2014 3:57 pm

    Let’s hope that the problem with the new cover design is resolved before it is published.

    This new edition reverses the front and back of the original dust-wrapper by Pauline Baynes. I would like to make sure that no parts of the illustration from the original front of the book are included in the illustrations of the back of the book, which is now going to be the front.

    The main image is from the back of the book when it was first published, but the title, i.e. the section showing J.R.R. Tolkien and then The adventures of Tom Bombadil, is from the front of the original cover.

    The issue is that the blue sea waves shown below the name TOM BOMBADIL, should not be on this side of the book.

    Wayne & Christina, Do you have any feedback on this?

  3. June 29, 2014 10:00 pm

    Trotter, we didn’t object to the publisher’s cover design, because doubtless HarperCollins switched the front and back cover portions for the same reason that this was done by Ballantine Books for The Tolkien Reader in 1966: because it makes more sense to give pride of place to Tom Bombadil on the upper cover rather than to the mariner from Errantry. This was also an issue Tolkien himself raised about the original (wraparound) art when the Bombadil collection was first published, but too late to redo or alter the painting. We love Pauline’s original cover art, but understand why HarperCollins chose to adapt it in this way for the new, much smaller volume, and it’s the publisher’s call.

  4. September 19, 2014 5:32 am

    Dear Wayne and Christina,

    will this book be published as part of the series of “pocket editions” next to The Hobbit, Roverandom, and Farmer Giles? The format of the cover looks to be the same, and I really like those editions.

  5. September 19, 2014 5:39 am

    Sorry, discard my comment – I just read the older article more thoroughly. Looking forward to the book!

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