These are official mugs with permission of The Tolkien Estate. They are made of high quality bone china. Beware of cheap ceramic counterfeits. The first bone china mug features the watercolour design for The Hobbit dust jacket, by JRR Tolkien. Tolkien's publisher, George Allen & Unwin, so admired the black and white illustrations and maps that he had drawn for The Hobbit that they prevailed on him to design the dust jacket as well.His editor was delighted with the results,'we think your drawing is admirable. Nobody but the creator of the Hobbit could have produced something so suitable'. The jacket was designed to wrap around the book with the Lonely Mountain appearing on the spine, the dragon flying across the night sky on the back cover and the eagles soaring in daylight on the front cover. There is a strong symmetry in the layout of forest and mountains on the front and back.
The second bone china mug features the richly coloured watercolour illustration'Conversation with Smaug', painted by JRR Tolkien for The Hobbit. It shows the dragon, Smaug, lying on his bed of treasure eyeing the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who is wisely wearing his ring of invisibility. The Arkenstone, the most precious jewel of the Dwarves, gleams at the top of the mound.The third bone china mug features the watercolour illustration'Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves' by JRR Tolkien. This was Tolkien's favourite watercolour illustration for The Hobbit. It is beautifully composed with the sinuous river running out from under the dark trees into the pale sunlight beyond the forest's margins. The view is framed by the heavy trees above and the enormous roots below.
Exclusive design made in the UK with kind permission of The Tolkien Estate. This item is in the category "Home & Garden\Kitchen, Dining & Bar\Dinnerware & Serveware\Mugs". The seller is "deep6h" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.