Each Wednesday I will be posting different pieces of photography, art, and various forms of fan fiction that all relate to authentic Tolkien work. This will be a conglomeration of work that is separate from the contemporary films and specifically focuses on appreciating the artistry of others who have taken the time to contribute or appreciate Tolkien’s works.
This picture, from Tolkien Art found on facebook is a beautiful representation of Sam and Frodo’s quest throughout Mordor. Each detail of this painting depicts an accurate presentation of Tolkien’s writings, from the color contrasts of Mount Doom to the Eye of Sauron, to Sam standing up and Frodo sitting on a rock. While Mordor may seem to others as a complete barren wasteland, this painting has some green pastures in the middle of the land of Mordor, suggesting that it may be more of a hospitable place than normally thought. I would like like to think that this quote applies well
“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” – The Return of the King, VI, 2
This next picture is an awesome representation of Balin’s relationship with Bilbo from The Hobbit. I found this from TurnerMohan on DeviantArt, who has a ton of other amazing LotR and Hobbit related pictures that you should check out (http://turnermohan.deviantart.com/). I enjoy this piece so much because now that the Hobbit films have come out all we are seeing are pictures of Fili and Kili, when in truth the subtle relationship between Balin and Bilbo was a great friendship that lasted several years. “But the ravens are different. There used to be great friendship between them and the people of Thror, and they often brought us secret news, and were rewarded with such bright things as they coveted to hide in their dwellings.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
The next piece I’d like to show is from facebook again, this time from Matthew Ryan Historical Illustrator and his painting “Orthanc-Might of the White Hand” which is one of my favorite depictions of Saruman’s betrayal. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTolkienSociety.EducationalCharity/permalink/10152124883966068/) The use of yellow lightning is very striking to me and I really enjoy the unique contrast of the crebain crows lining up against the sky over the mountains. This is a great piece of art, and you should check out more of his work.
All of these photographs are amazing representations of Tolkien related art. I look forward to finding even more each week!