Black & White Ogre Country Front CoverMalcolm Lindley from ADC Publications Ltd sends along news about one of their publications ‘Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien’ Edited by Angela Gardner, Illustrated by Jef Murray.

We have recently published the first of two books dealing with the world of Hilary Tolkien, brother to JRR (Ronald) Tolkien who created the world of Middle-earth, Hobbits and The Lord of the Rings. These brothers lost their father at very young age, and later, their mother as teenagers and naturally came to rely on each other a great deal.

The characters and places that formed Ronalds Middle-earth are well documented but less information is known about one of the most important people in his life his brother, Hilary, with whom he shared adventures and thoughts. Growing up in the countryside around Sarehole, Birmingham was a time of carefree childhood. They created stories together and separately, based on the adventures they had, and they wrote them down.

In a box in an attic there was a notebook in which the memories of the child who was Hilary has been found, and ADC have been fortunate to be allowed to have it illustrated and published. Black & White Ogre Country tells of the Black Ogre who stole their shoes when they paddled to get water flowers; The Black Witch who turned boys and girls to stone, and the dear White Witch who ran a delightful sweet shop and undid the Black Witches spells. The book takes the brothers childhood memories of steam trains, conkers, and long gone windmills and follows Hilary during one of the most turbulent periods of English history. These are indeed the Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien!

Black & White Ogre Country is an essential addition to your Tolkien titles, as it adds so much to the formulation of what became Middle-earth. It is also, in itself, a delightful gift book its stories a wonder to children and adults alike, with excellent colourful illustrations by Jef Murray.

The front and back cover pictures are attached, along with a Review from The Daily Mail. The book is in Hardback and retails at 9.99 plus postage. ( 2.50 UK; 3.50 Europe; 5 USA & Rest of World)

To order:
-email with delivery address requesting Pay Pal invoice: ; -call +44 (0)1608 812867 with full card details, including card holders address for delivery & CSN number; -Send a British Pounds cheque payable to ADC Publications Ltd to address below

A second book is due to be published in April 2010 -a biography of Hilary Tolkien. It will contain recently discovered letters to and from members of the Tolkien and Suffield families, photographs recording almost a century of family history and artwork by Hilary Tolkien and other members of the family. The Black & White Ogre book is simply the first offering of this larger project.

ADC Publications Ltd
Unit 8 Wychwood Court
Cotswold Business Village
GL56 0JQ

Also available:
The Art of Ruth Lacon: Illustrations Inspired by the works of JRR Tolkien.
The Hidden Door: Songs in the Key of Enchantment by Ted Nasmith (Music CD)

Watch out for our Tolkien-inspired Art Exhibitions held at The Redesdale Hall, Moreton-in-Marsh see our website for reports and reviews at: