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Myth and Magic Hardcover – 2 Aug 2004


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; New Ed edition (2 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007112335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007112333
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,449,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the first time ever, a portfolio of illustrated work from the award-winning artist, John Howe, which reveals the breathtaking vision of one of the foremost fantasy artists in the world.

Myth and Magic is arranged into six sections, which looks at the books by J R R Tolkien that have inspired John – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth – and is complemented by a fascinating tour through the paintings that he has produced for some of the finest fantasy authors working today.

From the beloved painting of Smaug which decorates The Hobbit, his numerous and bestselling calendar illustrations, the world famous “Gandalf” picture, which is synonymous with the HarperCollins one-volume edition of The Lord of the Rings, this large-format hardback will delight fans of Tolkien, and anyone who has been captured by the imagination of the artist who so brilliantly brings to life the literary vision of J R R Tolkien.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

John Howe was born in 1957 in Vancouver, Canada. He moved to France in 1976 and gained a Diploma in Illustration at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg in 1981. He has illustrated many French children’s books, but is best known for his Tolkien calendars, book jackets, maps and posters, and he is currently working as a production designer on New Line Cinema’s forthcoming Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
John Howe is one of the most revered and popular artists working in the fantasy genre; best known for his now classic illustrations realising Tolkien`s world of middle-earth, this often tends to eclipse his illustration work for many other fantasy authors as well as board and computer games.

This excellent volume presents a fairly comprehensive overview of the artist's output featuring over 250 examples of his work - including rarely seen early projects - up to the date of publication (2001).
The book is in full-colour throughout; the illustrations are of a suitably high standard, imaginatively laid-out and accompanied by informative texts. There is a foreword by Peter Jackson and an appreciative afterward by another great fantasy illustrator, Alan Lee. Obviously, the book was released to coincide with Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy as both Howe and Lee worked on the concept design.
My one gripe is the absence of any technical information on the work - no sizes are given, no medium stated - although most of Howe's work tends to be executed in watercolour, so it isn't a huge oversight.

A very nice book to have; inspiring if you are artistically-inclined, a nice diversion if you just admire fine fantasy illustration.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By omer.rauf@ic.ac.uk on 19 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I enjoy painting and drawing, and this includes working on fantasy art. I am always interested in trying new things. This book gave me various ideas on what I could explore. It is very nicely set out and the quality of the pictures is really eye catching.
The thing I enjoyed most was the section on the art of Middle Earth. Some of the best examples of this genre of artwork is included in the Lord of the Rings selection. It was great to see the famous and terrifying scene of Gandalf facing the Balrog.
Of course no fantasy art book would be complete without dragons and this does not disappoint. All types of goodies can be found in this gem. The only sticking point is the size of the book. It should have been longer!!
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By Seawitch on 26 Feb. 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A great book. Made a wonderful gift which was much appreciated.
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By GARY SHEEHAN on 6 Mar. 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Up to expectations
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