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Full colour poster by John Howe to promote the 50th anniversary of The Hobbit. 425 x 520mm (c. 16 x 21 inches).


A very good example indeed, a couple of central creases, light stain to the back of the poster, not affecting the image.


This illustration, “Smaug Destroys Laketown” was drawn by John Howe in 1986, for inclusion in the 1988 Tolkien Calendar. It was chosen as the cover image for that calendar and also used in this promotional poster for The Hobbit’s 50th anniversary.


Of the illustration, Howe has written “I remember spending ages trying to get Smaug the way I wanted him, and nothing seemed to work. Finally, I put that little kink in his tail that broke the smooth line of it, and the whole thing fell into place.”

Smaug Destroys Laketown (50th Anniversary Poster)

SKU: 188
  • Author

    John Howe; J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Publisher

    London: Unwin Hyman

  • Date


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