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4.0 out of 5 stars Howe's excellent, the rest are good, 24 Nov 2004
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good format and nice pictures by various artists., 6 Feb 2002
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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
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Mr. Graham J. H. Wilson (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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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
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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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