Tolkein's Art for Lord of The Rings

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  1. aini

    aini Elenya

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    To mark the 50th Anniversary of the publishing of Lord of The Rings, the Royal Mail (UK) issued a new set of 10 1st class stamps on 26 Feb 2004 (bear with me ...) featuring some of JRR Tolkien's original artwork for the book.

    I've posted pictures of the stamp cards in the Gallery. I know most of you will have seen at leaast some of the pictures before but the art itself is very beautiful.

    http://gallery.fantasyvault.net/showphoto.php?photo=769&password=&sort=1&cat=500&page=1

    The order of the pictures is:
    - Fangorn Forest
    - Minas Tirith
    - Barad-Dur
    - The Doors of Durin
    - Orthanc
    - The Hall at Bag End
    - Rivendell
    - Dust-jacket for the Fellowship of the Ring
    - The Forest of Lothlorien in Spring
    - Map of Lord of the Rings (Christopher Tolkein)

    My personal favourite is Rivendell - I love the use of colour to give the place an other-worldly feel.

    So .. I hope you like the pictures!

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  2. LadyoftheGoldenWood

    LadyoftheGoldenWood Well-Known Member

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    Well thay are nice I like Lothlorien. Did you say that J.R.R.T. did them, or did someone else do them.
     
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    Tamzen New Member

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    Those are all Tolkien's own art.
     
  4. aini

    aini Elenya

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    They're all Tolkein's own work from the 1st edition of the books (I think) - apart from the Maps of Middle Earth one (which had gone awol from the gallery the other day) which is credited to Christopher Tolkein.

    Glad you like the pics - some of them are a bit unusual in style and it's nice to see what Tolkein thought his own world should look like. And it's good to see how in relation to eg. Rivendell, Bag End and Minas Tirith the representations in the films have reflected that original thought.

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  5. LadyoftheGoldenWood

    LadyoftheGoldenWood Well-Known Member

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    well my brother looked at them with me but he doss not think Tolkein did them do you think you can find thomthing to back it up.

    I did not get to see the map done by Christopher Tolkein it would not lode.
     
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    Check out http://fan.theonering.net/middleearthtours/tolkien.html

    This has a lot of his artworks. They have been used in calenders and book covers for decades.
     
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    Durthang Demon of Might

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    Personally I found the Orthanc one most interesting given the interpretation that the films have used - nice photos by the way.
     
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    The descriptions from the book of Barad-dur, and Bag End, don't seem to match at all, Barad-dur was made of stone, not bricks, Bag end would have had Hobbit sized ceilings not man high. Most of the others look good, but not how I pictured them...I agree more with the movies interpretation of the places, accept for lothlorien hated that in the movie, but these just don't seem to motivate the same awe-inspiring feeling as they do in the book, if JRRT did in fact draw these, I am dissapointed...
     
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    Tamzen : love that site!

    EBM : sorry you're so disappointed ... but I saw, I liked, I posted!

    And short of actually going down to the Bodelian Library at Oxford Uni where the originals of these things are kept under lock and key I'm not sure how else you're going to be convinced that these are the real thing - check out the site that Tamzen's suggested above - it's pretty awesome!

    As to the truth of the pictures in relation to the books ...

    well we can really only speculate (and feel free to disagree wildly, by the way!)

    this is just a single interpretation of what Tolkein thought Middle Earth and its buildings could have looked like. One picture - and it's often v difficult to put down on paper exactly what's in your head at that time. It's fantasy, and with the best traditions of that genre everything is open to a multitude of interpretations, even by the same person.

    I think it's nice to see one of these interpretations by the man himself - but when people read the books for themselves you're always going to get your own impressions of how things would look. And I think that's what fantasy writers always hope to achieve - to draw the reader so far into their own world so as to engage their minds to the point where the reader's own imagination is allowed to work, to create for themselves.

    ... to be honest, it's probably not how I picture ME to look either.

    Plus re: hobbit ceilings - no-one's going to get it completely right all the time!

    well that's my opinion*

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    I agree alot!!! It is fantasy and thats the Beauty of it, looking different in everone's mind!
     
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    Agreement - smiley me! :)

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    Tamzen love the pic thay are kool