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Official Tolkien Calendar 2011: The Lord of the Rings [Calendar]

Cor Blok
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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8 July 2010 Calendar

The official Tolkien calendar, this year containing 13 paintings inspired by ‘The Lord of the Rings’, and featuring many previously unseen works of art.

The Official Tolkien Calendar has become an established publishing event, eagerly looked forward to by Tolkien fans the world over; there is much demand for the annual calendar, with Tolkien calendars from the past 30 years becoming collectors’ items. This year’s continues in that tradition and is the perfect Christmas gift for lovers of fine fantasy art.

The Tolkien Calendar 2011 features 13 paintings by the Dutch artist, Cor Blok. Cor Blok is the only artist ever to have met JRR Tolkien, and the only artist Tolkien admired enough to purchase some of his work. The paintings are inspired by Tolkien’s classic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings and were completed during the early 1960s when the young artist was attempting to create a Bayeux tapestry approach to illustrating this monumental book. Many of this paintings included here have never been seen before.

This delightful collection of scenes takes the reader on a unique journey through the beauty and drama of Middle-earth. It represents a truly charming addition to the series of official calendars by a gifted artist, and promises to be a memorable calendar for fans.

Product details

  • Calendar: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007351135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007351138
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 0.4 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘How, given little over half a century of work, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?’
The Guardian

‘Demanding to be compared with English mythologies… at times rises to the greatness of true myth’
Financial Times

‘A creation of singular beauty… magnificent in its best moments’
Washington Post

‘A grim, tragic, brooding and beautiful book, shot through with heroism and hope… its power is almost that of mysticism’
Toronto Globe & Mail

About the Author

Cor Blok was born in The Hague in 1934, and attended the Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating in 1956, he worked at the Gemeentemuseum until 1965, where, among other roles, he compiled a catalogue of the museum’s large collection of works by Piet Mondrian. During this time he also painted about 140 pictures inspired by The Lord of the Rings, a selection of which was exhibited at The Hague. When a sample of his paintings was sent to JRR Tolkien this led to a correspondence and eventual meeting with the author, who bought two paintings and was presented with a third. Cor Blok lives in Amsterdam, where is currently at work on a graphic novel.

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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The past of Middle Earth 6 Sep 2008
Out of all the esteemed artists who have created images of J.R.R. Tolkien's work, Ted Nasmith is probably in the top five somewhere.

Heck, he'd probably be higher on the list if it weren't for John Howe and Alan Lee, because his paintings of Middle Earth are lushly detailed, and rich with light and colour. And the "Tolkien Calendar 2009" has some of his lovelier pictures that were created for the illustrated "Silmarillion," full of ice and fire, light and shadow, and loads of orcs, Elves and ancient humans.

The cover obviously is a gorgeous picture of the Elves' white ships from Valinor, sailing into the bay of a white-and-gold city against a mountain. I don't know if that's supposed to be Valinor or not, but the whites and golds against the stone and grass is truly striking.

And inside, there are some far less pretty pictures -- though they're no less striking. We have a sky filled with smoke and flames as those same Valinor ships are burned, a winding phalanx marching across a snow-covered plain, a misty purplish forest where orcs are ambushed by an army of Men, and a woman weeping by a hillside covered in skulls, skeletons, half-rotted corpses, and rusted swords, shields and helmets. Lots of vultures and crows as well.

But it's not all doom'n'gloom in these pictures -- one picture shows a haunting forest with a shining river, while another has a river rushing out of three cavelike gates under a mountain. And there's a brief glimpse of the legendary Elf Luthien -- though you can't see much of her because she's wearing a big cloak -- riding a gigantic dog underneath a pale sun.

And the last three are the prettiest -- one has three figures congregating at a frozen waterfall, surrounded by the ruins of a burned forest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien Calendar 2 Jan 2014
Format:Calendar|Verified Purchase
I have been an Tolkien Calendar lover for years, I gave my copy of this calendar to a friend who really fell in love with some of the illustrations, I was really pleased to find I could buy a replacement.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unsure - but it's still tolkien 11 July 2010
I have noticed that Amazon are crossing reviews on the calendars again - please don't hold that against me if this appears where it shouldn't.

Cor Blok has never been one favourite Tolkien illustrators, I much prefer the more traditional work of Ted Nasmith, Alan Lee and John Howe. When I saw the Tolkien calendar was available for preorder I did what I always do and preordered it - without knowing who the artist was.

I have always seen Cor Bloks work as ... shall we say abstract, and maybe a little child like in form when compared to the other artists. There are times, since I received this, when I have looked at the pictures in this calendar and been thankful for the quoted passage from Tolkien's work beneath, because without that quote from Lord of the Rings I would not have known what some of those images represented.

The calendar is in the usual format of picture at the top and squared calendar spaces at the bottom, including "special dates" and holidays.

I am sure that this calendar will grow on me over time, but at the moment I am in two minds as to whether or not I like it. It is, however, well made and of the usual high quality.

From a selfish point of view I hope they return to the usual artists, or maybe take a mixture of established and new artists for next years calendar.

*** UPDATE ***

Sadly, for me at least, the 2012 calendar will also be all Cor Blok's art work again - Tolkien Calendar 2012.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A shadow of a former self 12 Aug 1999
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While this Tolkien Calendar is of high quality, it suffers from some design flaws enjoyed of Tolkien calendars of years past. The prints are too small and while a small inset at the bottom of each page is nice (especially since it often dipicts a different snapshot of the smae scene, enhancing the scene summary), it does not compare to the spiral bound calendars of the past with the large oversized drawings. The drawings suffer in quality, partly due to their size, partly due to their lack of creativity for the most part. But it is still a Tolkien calendar and should be enjoyed by most.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Official Tolkien Calendar 2011 2 Sep 2010
I have purchased a Tolkien calendar every year since they began and enjoyed every one, with Ted Naismith a firm favourite with the whole family. However, when I first saw the cover of the 2011 version alarm bells were ringing. I wish I had listened to them. To quote my 12 year old son, "Dad, I can do better than that". I'd like to warn anybody used to the high artistic standards of previous Tolkien calendars not to buy this one, as you will be hugely disappointed. I should have googled Cor Blok before buying, then I'd have known that his style is more suited to doing a Noggin the Nog calendar, or Ivor the Engine. This calendar is virtually sacrilegious to it's predecessors. My disappointment is bad enough now but I will be reminded of it throughout 2011, every time I look at whatever calendar we end up buying as a replacement for Tolkien - I have already passed on this one to somebody at work I don't like. Please, if whoever decides on the artists for Tolkien's calendars is reading this review, go on bended knee to Mr Naismith or Mr Lee and beg them to do the 2012 one. If it ain't broke, don't fix it !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars TOLKIEN MUST
Published 16 months ago by gollumanelf63
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job
I bought this calendar for a friend who, like me, is well into JRR. We both loved it. What mre can I say?
Published 21 months ago by Brian Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien Calendar 2012
Excellent as per usual. Always a hit with my daughter. Drawings are always enjoyable to look at. As good as previous years
Published 22 months ago by Petula Cotterell
1.0 out of 5 stars Unmitigated Disaster.
I have to agree with the other one star reviews, this artist as well as being untalented does not seem to appreciate Tolkiens works in the same way I do. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by J Tindle
3.0 out of 5 stars Blok meh
Well Cor Blok had a definite idea back when he created all this material based on The Lord of the Rings. For a sixth form art project, I'd be halfway impressed. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by Neville Percy
5.0 out of 5 stars Marmite..
Cor Blok's like Marmite.
I for one am so glad we're having yet another calendar of his. Extraordinarily intelligent paintings, which will keep you looking for hours, days and... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by Marie B
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh no, not again!
I am so disappointed that HarperCollins has published back-to-back Cor Blok illustrated calendars. I know he was Tolkien's favourite artist, but art is a matter of personal taste. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by Ishtar of Babylon
1.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien 2012 calendar - yuk!
One star is way too generous. A dreadful repeat of last year's mistake. Tolkien may have liked Cor Blok, but why anyone else would is a mystery. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2011 by maltking
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be no stars
Well I thought the 2011 calendar was pants and I didn't buy it. Guess what - I won't be buying this one either. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars USA Calendar Version
Just opened this calendar and it seems to be a USA version. Gives USA notable dates, but does not show UK Bank Holidays, and when the clocks change are not the UK dates.
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by Annie
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