Tolkien Book Art

In the nineties I read The Lord of the Rings and thoroughly enjoyed it, along with The Hobbit and (eeeh a bit less) The Silmarillion. This was of course before the movie adaptation, nonetheless there was a thriving community around art based on the works of Tolkien, all the way back to the sixties. Enthusiastic about this discovery, I set out to collect images that resembled the places and characters as I had imagined them while reading. Sometimes the art simply convinced me I should revise my imagination. My search lasted until - and partly just beyond - the release of The Fellowship of the Ring feature film. I was very happy with the movies, and still I liked the idea that I shouldn't have to forget how I had pictured that world when I first read the books, even after Elijah and pals had conquered our minds. This is that old collection.
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The Door of the Dead, by Anke-Katrin Eiszmann. I thought this was a good representation of both Gimli and Legolas, much as I pictured them.

The Door of the Dead, by Anke-Katrin Eiszmann. I thought this was a good representation of both Gimli and Legolas, much as I pictured them.

The Houses of Healing, by Hope Hoover. Both Faramir and Eowyn are similar to how I imagined them.

The Houses of Healing, by Hope Hoover. Both Faramir and Eowyn are similar to how I imagined them.

Fifth Day After Weathertop, Ted Nasmith. Close to how I pictured Aragon.

We approach the events at The Prancing Pony close to the published version, including the fact that Trotter is now definitely a man, whose true name is later given as Aragorn. But there are still some differences. Barliman relates the … Continue reading →

Glorfindel and the Hobbits, by Hope Hoover. This is how I imagined Glorfindel.

Glorfindel and the Hobbits, by Hope Hoover. This is how I imagined Glorfindel.

Denethor Grieves for his Son, by Anke-Katrin Eiszmann. This is a good representation of how Denethor, on the right, looked in my mind.

Denethor Grieves for his Son, by Anke-Katrin Eiszmann. This is a good representation of how Denethor, on the right, looked in my mind.

Faramir, by Hope Hoover. This is close to how I imagined him.

Faramir, by Hope Hoover. This is close to how I imagined him.

In the Houses of Healing by Anke-Katrin Eiszmann. This is similar to how I pictured Faramir.

In the Houses of Healing by Anke-Katrin Eiszmann. This is similar to how I pictured Faramir.

Pippin and Faramir by Anke-Katrin Eiszmann. Faramir is close to how I imagined him.

Pippin and Faramir by Anke-Katrin Eiszmann. Faramir is close to how I imagined him.

Eowyn, by Michael Kaluta. Similar to how I imagined her.

Eowyn Before the Doors of Meduseld, Michael William Kaluta

Halbarad, artist unknown. Similar to how I imagined him.

Similar to how I imagined him.

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