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10 TAI reproductions in The Silmarillion

This is a listing of all works in the Tolkien Art Index reproduced in The Silmarillion, 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 Silmarillion. 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 #6The Mountain-path
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 13r
perspectives
black ink
lightning mountains · hills roads · paths
Misty Mountains (Hithaeglir)
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1937The Hobbit A·3·a68
1975’76 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·10Novembercolorized
1977’78 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·13Novembercolorized
1978The Silmarillion A·15·ddust jacketcolorized
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[24]7, left
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[25]7, rightcolorized
1987Hobbit: Drawings, W’colors, MSs D·ii·662821
1988Annotated Hobbit 1 A·3·dd67
1991Hobbit Birthday Book E·ii·2811Novembercolorized
1995Art. & Ill. 118109
2002Annotated Hobbit 2 102
2011Art of Hobbit 5834
2018Maker of Middle-earth 304item 139
2018Tolkien Treasures 93
TAI #36“Lúthien Tinúviel” plaque with heraldic device

MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 8r shows that Hammond & Scull‘s orientation is correct, and that the diameter (unclear as to inner or pencil guide) is 54mm — though this was crossed out and not emended)

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 7r
heraldic devices patterns
black ink colored pencil pencil watercolor
emblems · insignia plants · flowers · grasses
Lúthien Tinúviel
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1973’74 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·6back coverbottom leftdevice only
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15front coverdevice only; [unsure of orientation]
1977The Silmarillion A·15dust jacket frontdevice only
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Julyverso, leftdevice only
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[105]47, upper rightdevice only
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-01-24device only
1992Life & Legend 74217, center leftmonochrome
1992Life & Legend 77217, centerenlarged detail of plaque showing device and inscription
1995Art. & Ill. 197194device only
2018Maker of Middle-earth [237]item 80device and title inscription only
2018Tolkien Treasures 80
2018Tolkien Treasures [81]enlarged
TAI #114bird in flowering tree
tableaux
birds · eagles plants · flowers · grasses trees · forests
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1978’79 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·18Novembercenter
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[95]42, center
1983The Silmarillion A·15·jfront cover
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-01-17
1992Life & Legend 77212
TAI #112seascape frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 87, fol. 52
friezes tableaux
colored pencil pencil
birds · eagles clouds · mists · snow rivers · lakes · seas
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1978’79 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·18Novembertop
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[95]42, top
1983The Silmarillion A·15·jfront coverdetail
1995Art. & Ill. 6259, top
TAI #116mountains & trees frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 87, fol. 52
friezes tableaux
colored pencil pencil
clouds · mists · snow moon mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas trees · forests
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1978’79 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·7Novemberbottom
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[95]42, bottom
1983The Silmarillion A·15·jfront coverdetail
1995Art. & Ill. 6259, middle
TAI #31Fingolfin heraldic device

Inscribed in pencil to right, “Fingolfin & / his house”. MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 4r, shows that all reproductions of this device before 2018 are rotated 90º counterclockwise to what was intended; also, that each side is (or should be) 51mm — though this figure was crossed out and not emended.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 3r
heraldic devices
blue ink colored pencil pencil red ink
emblems · insignia stars sun
Fingolfin
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1973’74 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·6back covertop leftrotated 90º counterclockwise
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15Februarytop right[unsure of orientation]
1977The Silmarillion A·15·adust jacket (back)top leftrotated 90º counterclockwise
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Novemberverso, rightrotated 90º counterclockwise
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[105]47, top rightrotated 90º counterclockwise
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-03-06rotated 90º counterclockwise, then inverted
1992Life & Legend 67top leftrotated 90º counterclockwise; monochrome
1995Art. & Ill. 195192, lowerrotated 90º counterclockwise
2018Maker of Middle-earth 8139 (lower)
TAI #35Eärendil heraldic device

MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 6r, confirms orientation; also, that each side is (or should be) 51mm — though this figure was crossed out and not emended. Faint compassed circle guide surrounds it, several mm outside of furthest extremities

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 5r
heraldic devices
black ink colored pencil pencil watercolor
emblems · insignia stars
Eärendil
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1973’74 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·6back coverright
1977The Silmarillion A·15dust jacket (back)top right
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Februaryverso, righttipped 45º
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[105]47, near bottom right
1992Life & Legend [66]top leftmonochrome
TAI #37Idril Celebrindal plaque with heraldic device

Inscribed above in Tengwar in blue pencil, “Menelluin Irildeo Ondolindello”; in Latin characters in pencil to the lower right, “Idril’s Device / The ‘Cornflower‘ pattern / Menelluin. / Origin of (often / debased) Numenorean / circular patterns”; and in Latin characters below, “Inlaid plaque / preserved from Gondolin / & descending from Earendil / to Númenor, whence it was / saved by Elendil & taken to / Gondor”. MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 12r shows that Hammond & Scull‘s orientation is correct, and that the diameter (unclear as to inner or pencil guide) is 54mm — though this was crossed out and not emended)

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 11r
heraldic devices
colored pencil pencil
emblems · insignia plants · flowers · grasses
Idril Celebrindal
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1973’74 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·6back coverbottom rightdevice only
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15Apriltop left of centerdevice only; [unsure of orientation]
1977The Silmarillion A·15dust jacket (back)centerdevice only
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Julyverso, rightdevice only
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[105]47, lower middledevice only
1992Life & Legend 77218
1992Life & Legend 91leftdevice only; black & white
1995Art. & Ill. 192189
2018Maker of Middle-earth [237]item 79device and title inscription only
TAI #38Elwë heraldic device

MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 2r, shows that Hammond & Scull‘s orientation is correct; also, that each side is (or should be) 51mm — though this figure was crossed out and not emended.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 1r
heraldic devices
black ink colored pencil pencil
emblems · insignia stars
Elwë
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1973’74 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·6back coverbottom
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15Apriltop left[unsure of orientation]
1977The Silmarillion A·15dust jacket (back)bottom left
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Mayverso, leftrotated 90º counterclockwise
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[105]47, top left
1995Art. & Ill. 194191, lower
TAI #33Fëanor heraldic device

Inscribed to the right in pencil, “Fëanor”. MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 6r, confirms orientation; also, that each side is (or should be) 51mm — though this figure was crossed out and not emended.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 5r
heraldic devices
colored pencil pencil
emblems · insignia sun
Fëanor
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1973’74 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·6back coverleft
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15Februarytop left[unsure of orientation]
1977The Silmarillion A·15dust jacket (back)bottom right
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Octoberverso, left
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[105]47, near top right
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-07-17mirrored vertically
1992Life & Legend [66]middle leftmonochrome

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

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