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friezes : 52 items

TAI #2The Hobbit, final binding
friezes tableaux
finished binding
Cirth dragons moon mountains · hills sun
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1937The Hobbit A·3·acovers
1988Annotated Hobbit 1 A·3·ddfront coverdragon from front cover only
1988Annotated Hobbit 1 A·3·dd3monochrome
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-05-29dragon from back cover only
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-07-10part of frieze only
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-09-18dragon from front cover only
1993Descriptive Bibliography 5II
1995Art. & Ill. 148142monochrome
2002Annotated Hobbit 2 [i]dragon from front cover only
2002Annotated Hobbit 2 [xiii]dragon from front cover only
2002Annotated Hobbit 2 16, rightmonochrome
2011Art of Hobbit 13598
2018Maker of Middle-earth 320106Bodleian Arch. AA e. 143
TAI #9MirkwoodSee also TAI #29

Original is lost; all reproductions are of the 1937 plate.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 27r
friezes perspectives
black ink pencil
trees · forests
Mirkwood Rhovanion (Wilderland)
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1937The Hobbit A·3·a146, facing
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[84]37, leftmonochrome
1988Annotated Hobbit 1 A·3·dd153
1995Art. & Ill. 9688monochrome
2002Annotated Hobbit 2 192
2007History of Hobbit plate VII, top
2011Art of Hobbit 7547
2018Maker of Middle-earth 3918from published “The Hobbit” plate
TAI #14WilderlandSee also TAI #463
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 35r
friezes maps
black ink blue ink
arrows · compass roses dragons mountains · hills roads · paths spiders · insects trees · forests
Anduin Bruinen (Loudwater) Carrock Celduin (River Running) The Desolation of Smaug Erebor (The Lonely Mountain) Ered Mithrin (Grey Mountains) Esgaroth (Lake-town) The Forest River The Old Forest Road The Gladden Fields River Gladden Greylin River Langwell Long Lake Mirkwood Misty Mountains (Hithaeglir) Mitheithel (Hoarwell) Mount Gundabad Mountains of Mirkwood Rhovanion (Wilderland) Rhudaur Rivendell (Imladris) The Withered Heath
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1937The Hobbit A·3·bback endsheet
1987Hobbit: Drawings, W’colors, MSs D·ii·664452monochrome
1988Annotated Hobbit 1 A·3·dd336monochrome
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-06-26dragon only, in red, mirror image
1995Art. & Ill. 9487monochrome
2002Annotated Hobbit 2 399monochrome
2018Maker of Middle-earth [318–19]item 144
2018Tolkien Treasures 96
2018Tolkien Treasures [97]enlarged detail
TAI #16Rivendell
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 27r
Rivendell
friezes perspectives
black ink pencil watercolor
architecture bridges · fords buildings clouds · mists · snow mountains · hills plants · flowers · grasses rivers · lakes · seas roads · paths trees · forests
Misty Mountains (Hithaeglir) Rhudaur Rivendell (Imladris)
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1938The Hobbit A·3·b58, facing
1972’73 Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·5March
1973’74 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·6June
1973’74 Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·7March
1975’76 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·10May
1977’78 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·13May
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[23]6
1987’88 Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·27January
1987’88 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·26January
1988Annotated Hobbit 1 A·3·dd57monochrome
1991Hobbit Birthday Book E·ii·288August
1991’92 Diary E·ii·29front cover
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-06-01
1995Art. & Ill. 117108
2002Annotated Hobbit 2 first plate, bottom
2002Annotated Hobbit 2 89monochrome
2011Art of Hobbit 4823
2015Art of LR 5734
2015Tolkien Estate web site Landscapes gallery10th item
2018Maker of Middle-earth [303]item 138
2018Tolkien Treasures 90
2018Tolkien Treasures [91]detail showing Elrond’s house and the approach and bridge
TAI #60“Mithrim”
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 87, fol. 33r
friezes perspectives
black ink pencil watercolor
mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas trees · forests
Hithlum Lake Mithrim
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15Februarycenter
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Junerecto
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[75]32
1992Life & Legend 68208
1995Art. & Ill. 5046
2018Maker of Middle-earth 21684
2018Tolkien Treasures 70–[71]
TAI #76“Glórund sets forth to seek Túrin”
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 87, fol. 34r
elvenking’s gate
friezes perspectives tableaux
black ink watercolor
clouds · mists · snow dragons fire mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas sun trees · forests
Beleriand Nargothrond River Narog
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15November
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Octoberrecto
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[87]38
1982Unfinished Tales A·17·dfront cover
1991’92 Diary E·ii·291992-08-31
1992Life & Legend 68207
1995Art. & Ill. 5147
2015Tolkien Estate web site Website Illustrations gallery6th item
2018Maker of Middle-earth [200]enlarged detail of Glórund, Nargothrond, the Narog, and mountains
2018Maker of Middle-earth [231]item 76
2018Tolkien Treasures 76
2018Tolkien Treasures [77]detail
TAI #93frieze pattern

Inscribed in pencil in lower right, “14/11/60”.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 70r
friezes patterns
black pen green pen red pen
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1978’79 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·18Julytop left
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2title pagetop center triangle only, reproduced twice, once rotated 180º
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[99]44, lower rightrotated 180º
TAI #94frieze pattern

Inscribed in pencil in lower right, “14/11/60”.

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 70r
friezes patterns
black pen green pen red pen
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1978’79 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·18Julyupper right
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[99]44, lower leftrotated 180º
TAI #98ribbon pattern
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 67r
friezes patterns
black pen green pen red pen
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1978’79 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·18Julycenter
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[99]44, centerrotated 180º
TAI #102frieze pattern

Inscribed in pencil in lower right of folio, “16/11/60”

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 72r
friezes patterns
plants · flowers · grasses
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1978’79 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·18Julylower left
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[99]44, upper rightrotated 180º
TAI #103frieze pattern

Inscribed in pencil in lower right of folio, “18/11/60”

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 74r
friezes patterns
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1978’79 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·18Julylower right
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[99]44, upper leftrotated 180º
TAI #105border frieze pattern
friezes patterns
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1978’79 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·18Septemberouter edge
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[101]45, outer edge
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 #188frieze pattern with Crown of Gondor (I)

from first King’s Letter

Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/9/35/1a
friezes objects
black ink
books · letters crowns · hats · helms
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992HM9a: Sauron A·29130top left
2015Art of LR 233186, top left
TAI #189frieze pattern with Crown of Gondor (II)

from first King’s Letter

Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/9/35/1a
friezes objects
black ink
books · letters crowns · hats · helms
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992HM9a: Sauron A·291311
2015Art of LR 233186, top right
TAI #190frieze pattern with Crown of Gondor

from third King’s Letter; crown on the right

Marquette MS. Tolkien MSs 4/2/25
friezes objects
black ink pencil
books · letters crowns · hats · helms
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992HM9a: Sauron A·29131top left
2015Art of LR 235188, top left
2018Maker of Middle-earth [365]item 166, top left
TAI #191frieze pattern with Crown of Gondor

from third King’s Letter; crown on the left

Marquette MS. Tolkien MSs 4/2/25
friezes objects
black ink pencil
books · letters crowns · hats · helms
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992HM9a: Sauron A·29131top right
2015Art of LR 235188, top right
2018Maker of Middle-earth [365]item 166, top right
TAI #205frieze pattern with Crown of Gondor (III)

from second King’s Letter

Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/9/35/2a
friezes
black ink pencil
books · letters crowns · hats · helms
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1993Vinyar Tengwar vol. 29, p. 1near top left
1995Art. & Ill. 202199, top leftmonochrome
2015Art of LR 234187, top left
TAI #206frieze pattern with Crown of Gondor (IV)

from second King’s Letter

Marquette MS. Tolkien 3/9/35/2a
friezes
black ink
books · letters crowns · hats · helms
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1993Vinyar Tengwar vol. 29, p. 1near top right
1995Art. & Ill. 202199, top rightmonochrome
2015Art of LR 234187, top right
TAI #217bushes, stars, and sun frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 87, fol. 52
friezes tableaux
colored pencil pencil
clouds · mists · snow mountains · hills plants · flowers · grasses stars sun trees · forests
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1995Art. & Ill. 6259, bottom
TAI #242The Front Door
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 23r
friezes perspectives
black ink brown ink pencil watercolor
buildings dragons moon mountains · hills rivers · lakes · seas trees · forests
Celduin (River Running) Dale The Desolation of Smaug Erebor (The Lonely Mountain) Ered Mithrin (Grey Mountains) Rhovanion (Wilderland)
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1995Art. & Ill. 142135
2007History of Hobbit plate X, top
2011Art of Hobbit 11076
TAI #244Design for Hobbit back cover and spine
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 43r
diagrams · designs friezes tableaux
black ink pencil
Cirth dragons moon mountains · hills
Erebor (The Lonely Mountain) Rhovanion (Wilderland)
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1995Art. & Ill. 147141monochrome
2011Art of Hobbit 13497
TAI #288flaming half circle on stage
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 40r
friezes patterns
black pen colored pen colored pencil pencil
fire sun
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1995Art. & Ill. 188184, col. 3, near bottom
TAI #341Trial drawing for The Hobbit binding frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 41r
friezes
black ink
mountains · hills
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2011Art of Hobbit 13193, top
TAI #342Trial drawing for The Hobbit binding frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 41r
friezes
pencil
mountains · hills
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2011Art of Hobbit 13193, second line
TAI #343Trial drawing for The Hobbit binding frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 41r
friezes
black ink pencil
moon mountains · hills sun
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2011Art of Hobbit 13193, center
TAI #344Trial drawing for The Hobbit binding frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 41r
friezes
black ink
mountains · hills
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2011Art of Hobbit 13193, fourth line
TAI #345Trial drawing for The Hobbit binding frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 41r
diagrams · designs friezes
black ink pencil
mountains · hills
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2011Art of Hobbit 13193, bottom
TAI #346Design for The Hobbit upper binding (1)
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 39r
diagrams · designs friezes
pencil
mountains · hills
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2011Art of Hobbit 13294
TAI #347Design for The Hobbit upper binding
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 40r
diagrams · designs friezes
black ink pencil
moon mountains · hills sun
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2011Art of Hobbit 13295
2011Art of Hobbit slipcase backin light gray and dark gray; no text
TAI #352Design for The Hobbit binding frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 89, fol. 42r
friezes
black ink pencil
mountains · hills
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2011Art of Hobbit 144106
TAI #468frieze pattern
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 22v
friezes patterns
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992Life & Legend [82]MS Tolkien drawings 91, fol. 22v: upper center leftmonochrome
TAI #470frieze of assorted patterns
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 22v
friezes patterns
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992Life & Legend [82]MS Tolkien drawings 91, fol. 22v: across centermonochrome
TAI #471frieze pattern
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 22v
friezes patterns
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992Life & Legend [82]MS Tolkien drawings 91, fol. 22v: left centermonochrome
TAI #472frieze of two symmetrical curves
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 22v
friezes patterns
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992Life & Legend [82]MS Tolkien drawings 91, fol. 22v: right centermonochrome
TAI #475frieze pattern
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 22v
friezes patterns
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992Life & Legend [82]MS Tolkien drawings 91, fol. 22v: lower centermonochrome
TAI #476viaduct-like frieze pattern
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 22v
friezes patterns
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992Life & Legend [82]MS Tolkien drawings 91, fol. 22v: lower center rightmonochrome
TAI #477frieze pattern
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 22v
friezes patterns
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992Life & Legend [82]MS Tolkien drawings 91, fol. 22v: bottom leftmonochrome
TAI #478frieze pattern
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 22v
friezes patterns
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1992Life & Legend [82]MS Tolkien drawings 91, fol. 22v: bottom centermonochrome
TAI #487“parma mittarion“
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 22r
friezes patterns
black ink
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [193]item 61
2018Tolkien Treasures [44]detail
2018Tolkien Treasures 58
TAI #509triangular frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 51r
friezes patterns
blue pen green pen red pen
plants · flowers · grasses
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [190]item 54, top left
TAI #510triangular frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 51r
friezes patterns
green pen pencil red pen
plants · flowers · grasses
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [190]item 54, top center-left
TAI #514triangle plant frieze pattern
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 51r
friezes patterns
blue pen red pen
plants · flowers · grasses
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [190]item 54, lower right
TAI #516floral frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 54r
friezes patterns
blue pen green pen
plants · flowers · grasses
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [190]item 56, upper left
TAI #523border design
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 65r
friezes patterns
black pen blue pen green pen red pen
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [191]item 58, center
TAI #525border frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 65r
friezes patterns
black pen blue pen green pen red pen
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [191]item 58, lower center
TAI #526border frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 65r
friezes patterns
black pen blue pen green pen red pen
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [191]item 58, bottom
TAI #527border design
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 66r
friezes patterns
black pen blue pen green pen red pen
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [191]item 60, top and center
TAI #528border frieze
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 66r
friezes patterns
blue pen
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [191]item 60, upper left
TAI #532border pattern
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 66r
friezes patterns
blue pen green pen
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [191]item 60, top right
TAI #533border pattern
Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 94, fol. 66r
friezes patterns
blue pen green pen
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
2018Maker of Middle-earth [191]item 60, center right

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

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