Roverandom: Chapter 4

To conclude this small blog series (see previous chapters here and here and here) may I present my illustrations for Chapter 4 of J.R.R. Tolkien's Roverandom! In which Roverandom travels to the bottom of the sea to live with the mer-people. The only wizard who can restore him to his normal size lives with the mer-people, but he isn't particularly inclined to help Roverandom. [caption id="attachment_780" align="alignnone" width="630"]Customer Complaints "The Complaints had come in by post. [The mer-folk] liked complaining. They used of course to write letters to The Weekly Weed, The Mer-mail and Ocean Notions; but they had a PAM now and they wrote to him as well, and blamed him for everything. It was always worst (by several hundred envelopes) on Mondays; and this was a Monday."[/caption]  Roverandom finds ways to entertain himself while he waits (for a very long time) for the wizard to be in a more benevolent mood. But eventually he gets frustrated with the wizard and one day while the wizard is out in his shell carriage (pulled by sharks of course), Roverandom causes a bit of trouble which leads to some serious sea-serpent issues. [caption id="attachment_781" align="alignnone" width="630"]The Sea Serpent "The Sea-serpent gave a new and very unexpected turn! And the next thing the dogs knew was being whirled all over the place in water gone mad, bumping into giddy fishes and spinning sea-trees, scared out of the lives in a cloud of uprooted weeds, sand, shells, slugs, periwinkles, and oddments. And things got worse and worse, and the serpent kept on turning."[/caption]   I won't ruin the book by telling you how it ends, but I will show you a few pictures of how my finished book turned out. [caption id="attachment_784" align="alignnone" width="1000"]book exterior Hand-painted cover and illustrated cover jacket.[/caption] book interior 2 book interior 1 Ta-da!


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  • ruth

    Thank you Paula! I appreciate your kind words. Unfortunately I can’t publish it myself since the story is still under copywrite. Maybe someday it will be reprinted with my illustrations. I would certainly be honored and I am slowly taking steps to find out if that is possible. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Paula Khatri

    Hello Ruth,

    Your illustrations of this charming book are perfect. My children love this lesser-known Tolkien story, and I was pleasantly surprised to come across it on your site. As a teacher who collects children’s books, I would love to have it if you ever publish it for sale. Your beautiful artwork makes the story come to life.

    All the best,


  • Lauren Jones


    I am currently reading Roverandom and I’m falling in love with the book. As I’m reading it I kept thinking it would be great if there were pictures to go with it. Then I stumbled onto your site! Is this book, with illustrations for sale at all?? I am very interested.

    Kind regards,

    Lauren Jones

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