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4 TAI reproductions in The Lord of the Rings

This is a listing of all works in the Tolkien Art Index reproduced in The Lord of the Rings, presented in the same order. Insofar as TAI at this time indexes only artwork that is not demonstrably un-related to Middle-earth (see Purpose & Scope), this may not represent a complete listing of Tolkien’s art in The Lord of the Rings. Note that, as a side effect of presenting items in the order in which they’re reproduced in a book, items represented more than once within a book will be duplicated in this listing.

TAI #449Dust jacket design for The Fellowship of the Ring (IV)
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 70r
diagrams · designs
eyes rings · jewels · gold Tengwar
Sauron
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1966The Lord of the Rings A·5·eCentral device used on dust-jackets for the hard-cover second edition.
2015Art of LR 215171
2018Maker of Middle-earth [368]116
TAI #19Dust jacket design for The Fellowship of the Ring (V)
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 69r
diagrams · designs
black ink gold ink pencil red ink
eyes rings · jewels · gold Tengwar
Sauron
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1954The Lord of the Rings A·5dust jacketring & eye device, redrawn by printer’s artist
1954The Lord of the Rings A·5front coverring & eye device, redrawn by printer’s artist
1976Drawings E·i·1[back cover]ring & eye device, redrawn by printer’s artist
1976’77 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·12front coveragainst black background, ring & eye device, redrawn by printer’s artist
1993Descriptive Bibliography 93VIImonochrome, ring & eye device, redrawn by printer’s artist
2015Art of LR 216172
TAI #19Dust jacket design for The Fellowship of the Ring (V)
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 69r
diagrams · designs
black ink gold ink pencil red ink
eyes rings · jewels · gold Tengwar
Sauron
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1954The Lord of the Rings A·5dust jacketring & eye device, redrawn by printer’s artist
1954The Lord of the Rings A·5front coverring & eye device, redrawn by printer’s artist
1976Drawings E·i·1[back cover]ring & eye device, redrawn by printer’s artist
1976’77 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·12front coveragainst black background, ring & eye device, redrawn by printer’s artist
1993Descriptive Bibliography 93VIImonochrome, ring & eye device, redrawn by printer’s artist
2015Art of LR 216172
TAI #20Doors of Durin

This “final art” by Tolkien was subsequently emended by a printer’s artist. For example, faint pencil just inside the lower of the two arch lines (above the seven stars) has been erased, as has a similar pencil line just above the text below the drawing; also, that text has been dropped slightly to allow more room between it and the drawing.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 16r
Durin’s doors
diagrams · designs
black ink pencil
architecture crowns · hats · helms stars Tengwar tools · instruments trees · forests
Eregion (Hollin) Moria
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1954The Lord of the Rings A·51.3191.319emended by printer’s artist — see Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 90, fol. 38r
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[54]22, leftemended by printer’s artist — see Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 90, fol. 38r
1995Art. & Ill. 159154emended by printer’s artist — see Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 90, fol. 38r
2015Art of LR 7046
2018Maker of Middle-earth [55]27

Note: The omission of greeting cards and jigsaw puzzles from the above list of sources is intentional.

All images by J.R.R. Tolkien are copyright © The Tolkien Estate Limited or © The Tolkien Trust.

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