Illustrations by J. R. R. Tolkien himself for “The Hobbit” . . . .just grand and a treat just to be able to see. Late 1930’s.

"Bilbo comes to the huts of the raft-elves."
“Bilbo comes to the huts of the raft-elves.” Photograph: The Tolkien Trust. 1977. Image © The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust. Fair use license in the United States. via https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/31/drawn-into-tolkiens-world-exhibition
Untitled.
Untitled. Photograph: The Tolkien Trust 1977. © The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust. Fair use license in the United States. via https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/31/drawn-into-tolkiens-world-exhibition?page=with:img-4#img-4
Dust jacket for "The Hobbit."
Dust jacket for “The Hobbit.” MS. Tolkien Drawings 32, Bodleian Library. © The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937. Fair use license in the United States. via http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/2094-tolkien-maker-of-middle-earth-exhibition-explores-the-authors-art

See many more here: an exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. Read more here: https://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/tolkien

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