Let me tell you a little cautionary tale about how important careful reading skills are.
Awhile back, I came across this post about art from The Hobbit on the blog, Brain Pickings. The post featured artwork from different editions of The Hobbit from all over the world, like this illustration by Tove Jansson:
Gollum?! Is that YOU?!
It was pretty much the coolest thing I’d ever seen, so when I saw the book The Art of The Hobbit mentioned in the post, I immediately ordered one (in fact, I ordered two, for reasons I’ll get into later), thinking that that was where I could find all these fabulous illustrations.
As the post made perfectly clear to anyone who bothered to read all the words, the book I bought only had Tolkien’s Hobbit artwork in it–nothing at all from all the international versions.
Big sad face.
You see, my plan was to make the best gallery wall EVER for Milo and Gus’ room from all the illustrations. But it turns out if you want to do that you have to spend a fortune tracking down rare and out of print copies of a whole bunch of different translations of The Hobbit.
So my book(s) got here, and I flipped through them excitedly looking for all the cool international illustrations, and I found only Tolkien’s original illustrations instead. No offense to good old J.R.R., but I was a little disappointed. BUT! Tolkien’s illustrations are pretty charming in their own right, so I decided to buck up and make the coolest gallery wall I could afford instead of the coolest one of all time.
When we moved the bunk bed out of Milo and Gus’ room, it left behind a big blank wall that needed some filling. They both love The Hobbit, and lots of The Hobbit happens in a forest, so it seemed like a great match for their forest themed room.
So, as I mentioned, I bought two copies of this book. Cutting up the book felt kind of weird, and I went back and forth about it, but ultimately decided that since it was a book about art and we’d see the art on a daily basis with it hanging on the wall in a way we wouldn’t if it were hidden away in the book, I was okay with it. But to make myself feel EXTRA okay, I bought a second copy so we’d also have the book in it’s original, how it was intended, form. Best of both worlds! It’s a cool book, incidentally, aside from the artwork. It gives an exhaustive history of how Tolkien produced all the art for The Hobbit. You should buy two, too! If you’re into The Hobbit.
I didn’t want to spend much money on this, so I started with a stack of assorted wooden frames from the thrift store (I already had some, and I made another trip to round up a few more):
I’d had that framed print on the bottom (and another matching one) for awhile, waiting on the perfect spot. I kept the mats on those, but for most of them I used either brown cardstock or just white paper as “mats.”
I had Milo and Gus go through the book and pick out some favorites:
….and then we hung them up! And now the room is finished! Room reveal with sources and details and links to previous posts about the room should be coming next week (I already took the pictures before they had a chance to trash the room ;)).
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