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Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle-earth [Paperback]

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22 Sep 1994
Middle-earth, the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien in "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion", has been an inspiration for generations of artists. This book includes paintings by artists from all over the world, both famous and unknown, including Alan Lee, John Howe, Ted Nasmith, Inger Edelfeldt, Michael Hague and Roger Garland. Each of the pictures is accompanied by a page of text from the relevant passage in Tolkien's fiction.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (22 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261103075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261103078
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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Middle-earth, the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien in his timeless classics 'The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Silmarillion, 'has been an inspiration for generations of artists. This beautiful volume of artwork celebrates the legacy of his imagination. 'Tolkien's World' includes paintings by artists from all over the world. From the powerful depictions of the darker side of Middle-earth by John Howe, to the evocative landscapes by Alan Lee; from Michael Hague's delightful paintings in 'The Hobbit' to the strange and compelling vision of Roger Garland; from the engaging simplicity of Inger Edelfeldt's work to the intricacy and dramatic realism of Ted Nasmith – Tolkien's World spans the whole of Middle-earth. Each painting is accompanied by a page of text drawn from the book that inspired it, describing the scene the artist has chosen to illustrate. Also included is a short essay by each of the artists about Tolkien's influence upon them.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Howe's excellent, the rest are good 24 Nov 2004
Format:Hardcover
There are 60 illustrations, excellent paintings, with the accompanying text that inspired it. The colours are very well down, and each painting is brilliantly done in terms of publication. There are nine artists represented. These are:
Inger Edelfeldt: 7 paintings
Tony Galuidi: 2 paintings
Roger Garland: 10 paintings
Robert Goldsmith: 2 paintings
Michael Hague: 7 paintings
John Howe:10 paintings
Alan Lee: 10 paintings
Ted Nasmith: 10 paintings
Carol Emery Phenix: 2 paintings
My personal favorite is John Howe. He brings out a lot of dark imagery. I don't know why, but Hague's stuff just does not appeal to me. I have seen him do Lewis's Pilgrim's Regress, and some other stuff, and I just don't like his style (also saw his illustrations for WIZARD OF OZ). His are of THE HOBBIT. Galuidi has almost a computer generated quality, and his work is especially intriguing, although there are only 2 of his paintings in this collection. Lee is good. All in all, this is a fair book, collecting the paintings of artisits brining about their own vision of Tolkien's classic saga. Over all, a four star book (bumped up one star because of Howe's supreme quality).
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Format:Paperback
I like the format of this book as well as the artwork. It has approx. 60 paintings by various artists, some of which are more well known then others. I don't think you can beat John Howe, who has a number of paintings included. However you may have seen most of his pictures elsewhere. The other lesser known paintings are more interesting as I had not seen them before. Some of the art is more stylised, such as Roger Garland and Inger Edelfeldt, which may or may not appeal to your taste. But there are no awful paintings, and on the whole a nice collection of Middle Earth pictures. The format of the book is great, with the pictures ordered in sequence following the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings stories, with various others at the end. Each painting is accompanied by an extract from the book, which for me really added to the experience. And in a disjointed fashion you could follow through the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings stories in the pictures. For the price a nice book for anyone interested in Tolkien artwork.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, definately would recommend. 17 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Great book, some wonderful paintings that perfectly capture Tolkien's world. Alan Lee and John Howe are particularly good. However, I would say there are a few that were not quite to my taste-either a bit graphic-novelish or surrealist. Despite this, definately worth buying for any Tolkien enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Item as described 29 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The version i requested was not new so for the minor imperfections in it I can not really complain, wonderful book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Howe's excellent, the rest are good 17 May 2000
By Mike London - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There are 60 illustrations, excellent paintings, with the accompanying text that inspired it. The colours are very well down, and each painting is brilliantly done in terms of publication. There are nine artists represented. These are:
Inger Edelfeldt: 7 paintings
Tony Galuidi: 2 paintings
Roger Garland: 10 paintings
Robert Goldsmith: 2 paintings
Michael Hague: 7 paintings
John Howe:10 paintings
Alan Lee: 10 paintings
Ted Nasmith: 10 paintings
Caro Emery Phenix: 2 paintings
My personal favorite is John Howe. He brings out a lot of dark imagery. I don't know why, but Hague's stuff just does not appeal to me. I have seen him do Lewis's Pilgrim's Regress, and some other stuff, and I just don't like his style (also saw his illustrations for WIZARD OF OX). His are of THE HOBBIT. Galuidi has almost a computer generated quality, and his work is especially intriguing, although there are only 2 of his paintings in this collection. Lee is good. All in all, this is a fair book, collecting the paintings of artisits brining about their own vision of Tolkien's classic saga. Over all, a four star book (bumped up one star because of Howe's supreme quality).
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 13 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Tolkien's World" is a very handsome book: large, hardcover, sleeve-cover, fine print and paper. It consists on a serie of paintings divided by books (The Hobbit, LOTR, Silmarillion, etc.) printed in the largest scale possible and with great definition. Beside the picture there is the passage of the book which inspired the painting. In the end there are one-page texts about or written by each of the artists, explaining their influences and relation with Tolkien works. My favorite artist is, without a doubt, Ted Nasmith, that draws very realistic pictures. Second place is John Howe, with his dark and intriguin style. All in all, a pretty nice book. I was very satisfied with it and it helped me to figure the places and events of LOTR. Be aware that there's a book that is kind of a sequel to this one: "Realms of Tolkien: Images of Middle-Earth", which I'm planning to get. It is written on its purchasing info that the author is Ted Nasmith, so is the cover authory. Lucky me.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A difference in interpretations 4 Feb 2001
By Kathleen M Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed this book greatly. However, some people may have been dissapointed in that the paintings may not have coincided with the world they pictured in their imagination. Tolkien's masterful use of the English language and powerful descriptions are done justice in many of these paintings. I find that anyone who has read Tolkien's works forms a very distinct picture in their mind. Even though I may not have visualized some of the scenes and landscapes as they have been portrayed, I found seeing other's interpretations to be an interesting experience. I personaly enjoyed the paintings by John Howe, Ted Nasmith, and Alan Lee.
26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment 28 May 2000
By Kathleen Bennallack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was excited when I ordered this book, but the first time I looked through it I was hugely disappointed. Only a few of the paintings in the book do any sort of justice to the imagery, whether implied or described, in Tolkien's books. Many of the paintings are by Michael Hague, and his style does not appeal to me at all. Roger Garland's paintings are elegant, tasteful, and mythical, especially the last one in the book, which I think is just perfect. I also like John Howe's paintings, as well as a couple by Alan Lee and Ted Nasmith. The rest (which comprise the majority) seem chunky, futuristic (certainly not the way I or anyone else I know of thinks of Tolkien's books) and boring. They do not capture the mystery, magic, tragedy, joy, sorrow, or beauty we are all acquainted with in Tolkien's works.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good gift for a Tolkien-lover. 6 July 2000
By Kikyo C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I received this book as a gift from my sister, and I think that the basic idea for the work is a very good one. However, I don't think that the book on its own merits is enough for anyone who is not a serious fan of Tolkien and most especially of Lord of the Rings. The pictures and descriptions are enjoyable to look over for those who have read the trilogy, but I am afraid that I had hoped for more. The stories that Tolkien wrote are breathtaking, and I had wanted to experience that same kind of emotion when looking upon the paintings. But despite the talent of the artists, I found most of the art to be rather repetitive and rather uninspiring, save maybe one or two. I don't think that they come close to doing justice to the sweeping landscapes and noble figures which Tolkien described in his work. However, I have no idea what kinds of art and artists exist from which to choose, or if there are any comparable books on this subject. I don't think this is the book for you if you are seeking paintings based on fantasy worlds - there are much better ones. But if you are looking for a book for someone who likes Tolkien, I think it's a nice companion to the trilogy and a good addition to any bookshelf of a Tolkien-lover.
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