Pauline Baynes before 1974


Pauline Baynes (1922 - 2008) was an artist and a great friend of both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia) who drew for some of their publications.

She was Tolkien's chosen illustrator for Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Smith of Wootton Major, Tree and Leaf, and the poem Bilbo's Last Song (as a poster in 1974, and as a book in 1990) which was published after Tolkien's death. She also painted the covers for the British 1973 one-volume and 1981 three-volume paperback editions of The Lord of the Rings, and produced illustrated versions of the maps from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Baynes' art became greatly appreciated by Tolkien scholar John Garth (author of Tolkien and the Great War) in the 1970's.[1]


  1. "John Garth on Pauline Baynes" at the JJ Books website

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