Smaug by Donato GiancolaOur 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.

Smaug, The HobbitGet 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.]