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The Middle Earth Illustrators J.R.R. Tolkien Loved—and the Ones He Abhorred - Lauren Davis - "Tolkien had a very clear sense of how Middle Earth should and should not look, and while he had doubts about his own abilities as an illustrator, he also had very strong opinions about other artists who tried to draw his world and his characters. Here are some of the illustrators whose works found favor with Tolkien—and a few who attracted his artistic ire."

The Middle Earth Illustrators J.R.R. Tolkien Loved—and the Ones He Abhorred - Lauren Davis - "Tolkien had a very clear sense of how Middle Earth should and should not look, and while he had doubts about his own abilities as an illustrator, he also had very strong opinions about other artists who tried to draw his world and his characters. Here are some of the illustrators whose works found favor with Tolkien—and a few who attracted his artistic ire."

Maurice Sendak's "The Hobbit," in pen and ink, 1967 (Credit: Maurice Sendak/Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University)

Maurice Sendak's "The Hobbit," in pen and ink, 1967 (Credit: Maurice Sendak/Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University)

The gravestone of J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife Edith, in Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford, UK. The names engraved under their own were chosen by John based on characters from his Middle-earth legendarium. Luthien was the most beautiful of the children of Iluvatar and forsook her immortality for her love of the mortal warrior Beren.  John and Edith Tolkien were married for over 50 years.

The gravestone of J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife Edith, in Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford, UK. The names engraved under their own were chosen by John based on characters from his Middle-earth legendarium. Luthien was the most beautiful of the children of Iluvatar and forsook her immortality for her love of the mortal warrior Beren. John and Edith Tolkien were married for over 50 years.

Lord of the Rings...Aragorn and Arwen. Best ever. I love them. One of my favorite couples. Just perfect.

Galadriel and Celeborn.                evankart:  And there was great love between them.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

Galadriel and Celeborn. evankart: And there was great love between them.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Story of Kullervo Will Be Published In October -  The author’s estate will be releasing The Story of Kullervo in October, one of his earliest prose works that would eventually lead him to Middle Earth. Here's what the story is about: Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries 3 times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the....

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Story of Kullervo Will Be Published In October - The author’s estate will be releasing The Story of Kullervo in October, one of his earliest prose works that would eventually lead him to Middle Earth. Here's what the story is about: Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries 3 times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the....

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