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Copyright Notices and Sources

On this page, you will find all relevant information pertaining to the copyrights held on the material of the website, as well as the source-works for the images used.

The originals of most of the artworks and photographs on this website are held by The Bodleian Library, Oxford. Those which are not include Untitled (Mr Bliss collides with Mr Day) (Marquette University Libraries); Letter to C A Furth, Allen & Unwin, 4 Feb 1938, Untitled (Doors of Durin) and the Tree of Amalion cover for Tree and Leaf 1964 (HarperCollinsPublishers); Sigurd – Hylestad church door (University of Oslo); Photograph of J R R Tolkien (Billett Potter); and photographs of files and the Map of Wilderland bearing the author’s annotations (private collections).


All of the images on this website are the copyright of The Tolkien Estate Limited or The Tolkien Trust, except in the cases of Photograph of J R R Tolkien (© Billett Potter); Photograph of Sigurd – Hylestad church door (© Werner Forman Archive); and photographs of files and the Map of Wilderland bearing the author’s annotations (© private collections).


Most of the images have been published in J R R Tolkien Artist & Illustrator by Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull (London, 1995) and in the following works:


The Hobbit (London, 1937)

The Father Christmas Letters (London, 1976 and later editions) (ed. Baillie Tolkien)

Drawings by Tolkien (Oxford, 1976) (catalogue of an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and at The National Book League, London, 1976/1977)

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter (London, 1977)

Pictures by J R R Tolkien (London, 1979) (ed. Christopher Tolkien)

The Letters of J R R Tolkien (London 1982)

Mr Bliss (London, 1982)

The Shaping of Middle-earth (London, 1986) and The Return of the Shadow (London, 1988), volumes 4 and 6 of The History of Middle-earth by Christopher Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien, Life and Legend (Oxford, 1992) (a publication accompanying an exhibition commemorating the centenary of the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1992)

Letters from Father Christmas (London, 1995) (ed. Baillie Tolkien)

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún (London, 2010) (ed. Christopher Tolkien) (cover illustration)

And the official Tolkien Calendars 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1979.


 All other images are published on this website for the first time.

You will find further information on the use of these images in our Terms and Conditions, and in the dedicated section of our FAQ.


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