Roverandom: Chapter 1

In addition to the chapter headings from the previous post, I also created six interior illustrations for J.R.R. Tolkien's book Roverandom. Below is the first illustration, created for the first chapter of Tolkien's charming story. It begins when the young and overeager Rover angers a wizard who turns him into a little toy and dumps him in a toy box. [caption id="attachment_766" align="alignnone" width="630"]A Toy "He found he was in the dark, lying against a lot of hard things; and there he lay, in a stuffy box by the feel of it, very uncomfortably for a long while. He tried to bite the other things in the box with him, stupid little toy animals, really only made of wood or lead, not enchanted real dogs like Rover. But it was no good; he could neither bark or bite."[/caption] If you know the story, you will recognize many characters and objects hidden in this illustration. The yellow ball, the wizard, the boat, sheep, rabbit, elephant, bird, deer, dog and whale all make some appearance in the story. Continue the story with chapters 2 & 3 and chapter 4!


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