John Howe's Concept Art

When it comes to shaping the Tolkien world, there's really no one that can quite do it like concept artist, John Howe.

Can you name what scenes these images are depicting?

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Artist Sneak Peek: Duma

Sneak peak at our latest artist submission from the very talented Portugese artist, Duma

This beautifully illustrated piece, appropriately titled "The Lady Who Gave Her Life to a King", depicts none other than the noble Arwen, who through her love and sacrifice, gave Aragorn the strength and motivation he needed to rise as King of Gondor.

Arwen fans, this is definitely a must have! Make sure to keep your eye out for it on opening night! Or sign up for our online preview and be the first to snatch it before its available to the public.  


New illustrations of The Hobbit

Newly released on Sept 12 from Harper Collins UK, a special edition of The Hobbit reillustrated by artist Jemima Catlin.  

Jemima, a recent 26 yr old graduate from Arts University at Bournemouth, was chosen for the job after Christoper Tolkien saw the work she completed for a school project.  For the project, Jemima had illustrated another Tolkien short story called Roverandom.  

This version of The Hobbit is the first ever, specially designed for children. 

Here are a few images from the book

You can find more images of Jemima's illustrations here. 

To read more about the artist and the new edition, click here. 


New Artist Submission: Daniel Best

Check out our latest fan submission from Hobbit enthusiast Daniel Best!  Looks like Bilbo is using Sting to fight off those vines near his Hobbit hole!

Weeds can be so pesky!


13 Random Tolkien Facts

Some interesting facts about the extraordinary life of J.R.R Tolkien and how it may have played a role in his literary works. (Courtesy of Yahoo Movies)

1. Tolkien was born in South Africa and spent the first three years of his life there before moving to the West Midlands with his mother after the death of his father. 

2. While growing up in Africa, Tolkien apparently had a scary encounter with a very large hairy spider, which is rumoured to have been the inspiration for Shelob, the gigantic spider in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. However Tolkien admitted he had no first-hand recollection of the incident. 

3. Tolkien was left orphaned at the age of 12 when his mother died from diabetes and he was put in the care of a Catholic priest. 

4. He fell in love with his wife Edith Bratt when he was 16 and she 19, but he was forbidden by his guardian from contacting her until he was 21. He stuck to the rule and managed to woo her back all those years later. 

5. ‘The Hobbit’ was born when Tolkien was marking exam papers in the school holidays; a task he described as ‘boring’. One student had left a page in the paper completely blank so Tolkien scribbled on it ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit,’ for reasons he couldn’t explain. He later went on to finish the story and the book was published in 1937. 

6. The popularity of smoking in Middle-earth was based on his own love of his pipe. His smoking was so tied to his writing that he admitted he couldn’t write without it. 

7. Tolkien achieved a first-class honours degree in English from Oxford. 

8. Twenty seven copies of the book were supposedly used to create the first ‘Lord of the Rings’ screenplay. Copies were highlighted, annotated and pages pulled out which is why so many were needed. 

9. Actor Christopher Lee, who played Saruman in the films, was the only person in the cast to have actually met Tolkien in person. 

10. Although named John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, he was known as Ronald to his family and early friends. The name Reuel has been passed down through the Tolkien family from his father to his own children and grandchildren. 

11. Tolkien had a love of languages mastering Latin, Greek, Gothic, Welsh and Finnish. As a boy he used to make up languages just for fun. He explained that his work was ‘fundamentally linguistic in inspiration’. The stories were created to provide a world for the languages. He admitted he would have preferred to write in Elvish – the language of elves. 

12. Fans used to call Tolkien’s home at all hours of the day and night to demand answers to questions such as did Balrogs have wings? This prompted him to change address and go ex-directory. Incidentally, although Tolkien didn’t clarify in his books if they did indeed have wings, they appear as large winged-monsters in Peter Jackson’s film adaptations. 

13. Tolkien and his wife Edith died two years apart in 1971 and 1973 respectively and are buried in a single grave near Oxford. The names 'Luthien' and 'Beren' that appear on their headstone are characters from 'The Silmarillion'. 


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