John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specializing in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.
The 2003 Tolkien wall calendar will feature all new art by Ted Nasmith, one of a very few artists approved by the Tolkien Estate to work in the world of Middle Earth.
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- 13.00(w) x 13.00(h) x 0.16(d)
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This calendar, though darkly beautiful and atmsopheric, is not, as described in the publisher's note, the artwork of Tolkien himself, but that of Ted Nasmith, illustrator of the 1998 edition of The Silmarillion; and is exclusively dedicated to Part II of the Lord of the Rings epic, The Two Towers. Each month's painting is accompanied by a paragraph from the book which describes the scene, and an inset of an additional rendering, which sometimes seems to capture an additional moment in the same event. The images are at the same time fantastic and real; and true to Tolkien's telling (much as the film, while not all the same in interpretation). Be warned: some are rather nightmarish -not for the bedroom of the squeemish! (Shelob the giant spider appears in large, horrifying detail.) Excellent artwork for this year's theatrical release and very collectible; but not for those who expected Tolkien's own work or want to look at something "pretty" on the wall every day of each month.