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Starting a couple of months ago, Steven Umbrello began work on an immense project. What you see before you, in the pictures on this page, is an illuminated manuscript of the first part of Professor Tolkien’s The Lay of the Children of Hurin from The Lays of Beleriand.
Having been in love with the tales of Middle-earth since he was a child, as well as being a collector of books, Steven was determined to complete this work. Over the past couple of months, he has been toiling away: writing by hand, illustrating, painting, binding – all while keeping readers of his blog The Leather Library updated on his progress.
What has resulted from his efforts is an incredible achievement. Steven is quick to point out that this is the first time he’s done something artistic of this nature, but you’d be hard pressed to believe him. Needless to say, his work here impressed us mightily – and it’s a testament to his passion and dedication. (more…)
Posted in Books, Christopher Tolkien, Creations, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Miscellaneous, Other Tolkien books, Tolkien
As we told you a while back, our friends from Weta Workshop have another amazing book detailing The Hobbit Trilogy up for pre-order. Now, we get to see what the cover of the book will look like, which is a great shot of Smaug and Bilbo having their conversation inside Erebor. This book will go behind the scenes to show us the work that went into briging to life the best dragon fans have ever seen on the big screen Smaug the Terrible. Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon is packed with exclusive images and amazing insights by the talented artists at Weta Digital. You can pre-order Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon right now from Weta’s website for $19.99 with it shipping in April of this year.
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop
At the start of December and all through the month, we teamed up with HarperCollins for a contest to win five copies of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art & Design signed by Evangeline Lilly. All the entries have now been counted and we’re ready to announce the lucky winners that will be getting one of these wonderful books shipped to their homes. The winners are: Mervi M. of Finland, Nathan K. of London, Marissa O. of Tom Rivers, NJ, Rob D. of Panama City, FL, Abbott A. of Norfolk, VA. Congratulations to all of the winners and we hope you enjoy your really cool prize! We also want to thanks our friends at HarperCollins Publishers for teaming up with us.
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Evangeline Lilly, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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Posted in Books, Books Publications, Daniel Falconer, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Production, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, Warner Bros., WETA Digital, WETA Workshop
on April 1 (no, not an April fools joke), the new book Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon comes from the same wonderful team behind the three The Hobbit: Chronicles books. This release will be 96 pages, exploring the creation of the title character of the second Hobbit film from concept art to digital realization. Final cover art is not yet available, but you can order the book on Weta’s website as well as Amazon.com and other online book stores. (more…)
Thanks to all who entered our competition to win the complete set of new Hobbit publications from Harper Collins. We had thousands of entries – but alas, only four people could win, picked at random from all the correct answers. Congratulations to Karen in America, Asimakis in Greece, Liudmila in Russia and Teresa in America!
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Contests, Events, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop
We have a pretty fantastic contest lined up for you the fans starting today! We’re pleased to announce that thanks to our friends at HarperCollins Publishers we will be giving away not one but FIVE copies of the amazing art book by Weta Workshop for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This amazing art book is filled to the brim with great images of what it took to bring this movie to life. The cherry on top of the goodness that will be inside for the five lucky fans though is that Evangeline Lilly aka Tauriel has graciously signed these five copies. So not only do you get a great art book but you get one of the fine actors who worked on these movies signature. This contest will run from today through midnight PST on New Year’s Eve. Please when you fill out this form you must include your name, address, email address, and a phone number.
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Collectibles, Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop
To the Death – Eowyn and Nazgul
Rare and Unique Items from Greg and Tim Hildebrandt Available Now!
Back in the 1970′s Greg and Tim Hildebrandt created 3 Tolkien themed calendars for Ballantine Books, beginning around the time of the 25th anniversary of the publishing of ‘The Lord of the Rings’. During this resurgence of popularity for Tolkien’s collective works, those calendars provided an entire generation’s vision of Middle-earth and all the characters within. Since the release of those calendars, very few alternative versions of those images have been available outside of the calendars and a few art books. Greg and Tim were always very particular about the quality of how their art was showcased. That is all changing, much of this work is now being released in multiple formats that meet with Greg’s exacting standards. (more…)
Posted in Artwork, Books, Books Publications, Calendar, Calendars, Calendars, Characters, Collectibles, Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Books, Miscellaneous, Other Merchandise, Posters Prints, Return of the King, Shop, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien
In expanding on Professor Tolkien’s text in his film adaptation, director Peter Jackson allows us to follow Gandalf the Grey into areas that remain secret to us within the text of The Hobbit. As we look forward seeing these events unfold before our eyes next month, this essay by Tedoras examines Gandalf’s journey into the dark fortress of Dol Guldur, what he found there, and the impact that this event had on the fate of Middle-earth. (more…)
Posted in Books, Characters, Christopher Tolkien, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Other Tolkien books, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Tolkien, Warner Bros.
Its always nice to hear from Weta Workshop, but its especially nice when they drop something beautiful in our mailbox. This time it is concept art work from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art & Design,” book. Written by Daniel Falconer, this is likely to be an amazing book. TORn got its first look at a similar book by Falconer for the previous movie and it turned out to be as stunning as we imagined it might be. Those who have had occasion to meet the author, who does extensive design work for Weta, know that he is gracious and smart and passionate about the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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While the masses in the U.S. are out shopping, you can order one of these now and during the pre-order phase, your book gets signed by the concept artists and comes with a “Dragon’s Gold” for Weta discounts and prizes. As you can see above, the image we received is of Lake-Town, from the desks of Alan Lee (who writes the book’s introduction) and John Howe. And please click for the larger version, it is definitely worth
They also included some previously released Elf concept art which you can see below. You can order the book RIGHT HERE. Expect this art to pop up in other places soon and more will be released as Weta and HarperCollins see fit, but for Hobbit fans, this may be among the very best of seasonal gifts.
Posted in Alan Lee, Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Howe, Merchandise, Ra Vincent, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, Weta Collectibles
As excitement for the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug builds, there are all kinds of goodies coming out to go along with the movie, including some fabulous movie tie in books, as well as some new editions of The Hobbit itself. Our good friends at Harper Collins, publishers for all things Tolkien in Europe, have given us some amazing sets of NINE (well, actually 12, as one is a box set of four!) books to give away to four lucky readers! The winners will receive:
The 2014 Hobbit Annual
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Storybook
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Ultimate Sticker Book
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Visual Companion
A box set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings paperback editions with movie tie in covers
Pocket Hobbit – a mini, hardback edition of the book!
A new paperback edition of The Hobbit with Desolation of Smaug movie tie in cover
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Art and Design from WETA
All of these books could be yours! And because we love our readers everywhere, this competition is open worldwide. All you have to do to win, wherever you are in the world, is answer one simple question and complete the form below. The competition runs until the opening of the movie, on December 13th; after which we’ll pick four winners at random, from all the correct entries.
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Contests, Events, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien
TORn’s good friend and artist extraordinaire Donato Giancola, who was part of TORn’s art show in Los Angeles last February, has recently completed a new masterpiece: a commissioned painting showing a scene from The Silmarillion, when Huor and his brother Hurin are rescued by eagles. The work is huge – roughly 9 foot by 6 foot! – and perfectly showcases Giancola’s skill in capturing landscape and living beings alike. (The image of Donato himself sitting in front of the painting gives you an idea of the scale of the piece!) The majestic scenery is breathtaking, with beautiful play of light and shadow over the mountains and the valley floor. The patches of glimmering snow on the peaks in the foreground of the picture are mirrored in the white towers of Gondolin,which gleam ‘like … spike[s] of pearl and silver’.
You can read about Giancola’s inspiration for his work – from artists in the Hudson River School of landscape painters, for example – at his website, here. You can also see more of his incredible Tolkien paintings in his book, Middle-earth: Visions of a Modern Myth. Tolkien isn’t the only writer who inspires Giancola; readers who are fans of George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire can look forward to a calendar in 2014, for which Giancola will create 12 new paintings inspired by that world.
Meanwhile, enjoy Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin.
Posted in Books, Events, Exhibits, Other Tolkien books, Shop, Silmarillion
Our good friends at Harper Collins - Tolkien publishers in the UK – are running a competition where they want to see YOUR version of Tolkien’s mighty dragon Smaug! They say:
‘Smaug is an incredible and mysterious character, his sleep and anger equally frightful. J.R.R. Tolkien described and illustrated the dragon with awe-inspiring words and artworks. Now it’s your turn to create your version of Smaug, as you imagined it when you first read J.R.R. Tolkien’s descriptions. Illustrators, designers, Hobbit fans of all ages – anyone can enter the competition and submit their Smaug’s artworks to win a fantastic grand prize!’
That prize is a copy of your own illustration, beautifully mounted on canvas! The winner will also get a collection of Harper Collins Hobbit books. Ten runners-up will win an exclusive, deluxe print of their artworks.
Get out those pens, pencils, inks, paint and whatever else takes your fancy, grab a copy of The Hobbit, reread Tolkien’s description of the fiery worm, and get illustrating! Full details of the contest, and where to submit your artwork, can be found here. The contest runs until December 13th, when (in many countries) we’ll finally be able to see Peter Jackson’s Smaug in all his glory on the big screen!
Harper Collins will be releasing various movie tie-in books for The Desolation of Smaug on November 7th. We’ll bring you details – and a chance to win copies! – nearer the time. Meanwhile you can find more information at Harper Collins’ website, here.
[Click here to enter the Smaug Artwork competition.]
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Contests, Events, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien