Slovak illustrator Peter Klúcik was commissioned to illustrate a new version of J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit in 1988. For the project he created 40 illustrations that were rich in detail and quite different from previous works for Tolkien books. Unfortunately, the publishing house commissioning the illustrations lost the right to publish the book. A second publisher approached him, but only for the book’s cover. Then a third publishing house bought the artwork, but also failed to secure rights to the book. So for the last three decades, Klúcik’s wonderful Sendakesque illustrations have been orphaned.