Original Hildebrandt Tolkien Art Mr. Smeagirl sends along an original Hildebrandt painting up for auction on fineart.ha.com, the description: GREG HILDEBRANDT (American b. 1939) and TIM HILDEBRANDT (American 1939 – 2006). J .R. R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth, book cover, 1977. Acrylic on board (22.75 x 14.25 in.), Signed lower right. This illustration appeared on the cover of J .R. R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth by Daniel Grotta-Kurska, Warner Books, 1977. From an Important California Collection. Estimate: $5,000 – $7,500. More..