Mr. Bliss by J.R.R. Tolkien

Mr. Bliss by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Mr. Bliss is an illustrated children's story by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published posthumously in 1982. The story tells of Mr. J. Bliss's purchase of a car, and the misadventure that follows his poor driving: he encounters several neighbours, three bears, an angry shop-owner, and his own pet the "Girabbit".

The story was likely written down in the early 1930s, is fully illustrated by Tolkien, with his own calligraphic handwriting integral to the design; it was first submitted for publication in 1936 but the cost of reproducing the artwork made it prohibitively expensive. Tolkien endeavoured to redraw it, but never got around to it; it was finally published in 1982, and in 2007 it was rescanned and republished to a higher quality.

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