312 of 312 (approximate) pages completed (100% done)

Bilbo Baggins' personal journal and chronicle of the history of Middle Earth is officially known as The Red Book of Westmarch. Bound in red leather, this book is the original source of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

I am in the process of recreating this prop from scratch, from the embossed leather cover to the hand-written pages. The cover design of this replica is based on the prop seen in the films, with a silver foiled star, Bilbo's monogram and a decorative embossed elvish border.

The contents will include an entirely re-worked version of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, condensed to fit into one book, written in the first persons of Bilbo, Frodo and Sam; and written in a special handwriting which simulates the invented script of Tolkien.


Each section will have its own unique handwriting, storytelling and drawing style. To the right is one of Frodo's pages, more elegant than Bilbo's hand, detailed with pencil sketches, while Bilbo's sections are entirely finished in pen-and-ink.

You can read updates, news and discussions about this project at the Lord of the Rings Guide:

Also, be sure to take a look at this Cafe Press shop dedicated to the Red Book Project:

Click on the following links to see various pages in the Red Book:

"How Can I Begin..."
The One Ring
Gollum's Riddles
Beorn's Hall
Bag End
A Nazgul Rider
Procession of the High Elves
Tom Bombadil's Cabin
Anduril & the Weapons of the Fellowship
Anduril (printed in brown ink and aged)
Durin's Door
The Balrog of Moria
Gollum at the Forbidden Pool
Gimli's Poem
"To The Sea"
Finwe's Family Tree
The Heritage of Aragorn