Saturday, October 10, 2015
Tolkien and Art
The exercise in class on Tuesday got me thinking about Tolkien as an illustrator. It seems apparent throughout the Hammond and Scull book that Tolkien did not consider himself an artist but illustrated anyway. It seems as if he was often frustrated with his own artistic ability not matching his writing and the images present in his head. Do you think Tolkien could have gotten around this difficulty by describing his artwork to a more talented artist and letting them illustrate? Or do you think we get a more original version and image because Tolkien created it himself?