‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.
'So do I,’ said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’
On a blank leaf I scrawled: ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.’ I did not and do not know why. I did nothing about it for a long time, and for some years I got no further than the production of Thror’s map. But it became The Hobbit in the early 1930s..
-J.R.R. Tolkien in a letter to W.H. Auden, 1955.
let’s remember what started all the names, the places, the mountains and rivers, the poems, the movie trilogies, all the fanfictions, drawings, and paintings.. a sentence. written casually on a blank paper. I’m so glad he wrote the thing ~
Here is a little progress on Finarfin and Fingolfin, because it’s Ben a crap day and I needed to show off the only thing working in my life right now, this drawing… I loved picking up the smudging technique with a Q-tip, which I haven’t done in years, and it really turns out great I hope! ☺️🌟
The runes that form the border of Tolkien’s original artwork for the dust jacket of The Hobbit simply say “The Hobbit or There and Back Again, being the record of a year’s journey made by Bilbo Baggins; compiled from his memoirs by J.R.R.
Tolkien and published by George Allen & Unwin…”