J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published nearly 75 years ago. It might not be a long time if you’re an Elf, but for humans, it’s significant. HarperCollins is releasing a special book, The Art of The Hobbit, to mark the occasion. While they were preparing materials for inclusion, they found 110 drawings in Tolkien’s papers—around two dozen of which had never been published. Yeah, that’s as big as it sounds. More of these drawings are available after the break for the internet to drool over. I’ll be over here in my puddle (of drool).
Additional illustrations are available via The Guardian.