Tolkien art meets with the very latest technology! Spiderwebart and Greg Hildebrandt have been in touch to let us know that the painting ‘The Ring of Galadriel’ (1975) is for sale now, as an NFT. (Purchase would also include the original acrylic paint on board.) This is a rare chance to own a unique and famed piece of Middle-earth art, which also inspired George Lucas. Here’s an official statement about the painting:
The Ring of Galadriel was originally created in 1975 by master fantasy painters Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. First appearing in Ballantine Books’ 1976 Tolkien Calendar as the month of May, the design of this painting was based on classic imagery. The Brothers Hildebrandt derived inspiration from great works such as The Madonna, Botticelli’s Angels, along with Maxfield Parrish’s lighting and statuesque figure style. Researching medieval attire, they chose to use long draped sleeves to add a graceful majesty to our heroine. There is also a nod to the great English Academy artists in the rendering of her hair. Galadriel has an attitude of beauty, power, and strength as she is the Elf Queen who possesses one of the greatest powers in Middle Earth. The purchase of this NFT also entitles the buyer to the original acrylic paint on board 36×36 inches, framed, signed
The Tolkien art of the Brothers Hildebrandt helped establish the genre of fantasy art and made their names world-renowned. After responding to an open call for artists, Tim and Greg Hildebrandt were chosen to create 43 paintings for Ballantine Books’ J.R.R Tolkien calendars over a period of three years in the late ’70s.
During this same time, a young filmmaker by the name of George Lucas was in need of a striking movie poster to help sell his latest film. He had taken notice of the first two Lord of the Rings calendars and sought the brothers out to create a painting that would help sell it. The brothers created what became one of the most recognizable movie posters in cinematic history for the film Star Wars.
Over the years both Greg and Tim have created several iconic pieces for books and movies including work for companies like Marvel, Lucasarts, and Universal. Now an octogenarian, Greg Hildebrandt still sits at his table each day, busy as ever.
If you’re going to be at Comic-Con this year we have a couple of items you will want to add to your shopping list of exclusives. Our Comic-Con exclusive T-Shirt follows the War Effort we started last year with the our Tauriel poster.
The cast list for the next Star Wars film has been announced, and it has been revealed that our very own Andy Serkis has landed a role in the film. He joins what looks to be an all around excellent cast (several of the names on the list have yours truly very excited).
Who he is playing has yet to be revealed (as well as whether he’ll be playing a live action role or delivering a motion capture performance).
In the age old battle of which ‘trilogy’ is better, we all know the correct answer is The Lord of the Rings. Of course, there is no comparison. Lucas destroyed his original invention with poorly executed re-editing, bad cg and….sorry, started getting off track there. (*cough* Let’s look at the Academy Award wins too folks…) But Anyway…. Ringer Elf Wannabee has posted a link to a video at Parallel Universe that attempts to solve the situation, once and for all, in a battle to the death. I won’t spoil it for you, but the video sucks. 😛 [View Video] [Discuss in our Forum] And if were not already aware, we have a whole forum devoted to these types of ‘battles.’ It’s called ‘The Arena‘ and is just waiting for you to chime in.
Akron Symphony Opens Pops Season With Music of Vampires, Wizards, and Jedi Knights, October 25. Concert to include music from Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and more. Akron—The Akron Symphony begins its 2009-2010 Pops season with the music of Vampires, Wizards, and Jedi Knights on Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 PM at the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall. Conducted by Akron Symphony Associate Conductor Christopher James Lees, Film Music Fantasies will present selections from the musical scores of such blockbuster film franchises as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings, Superman, Spider-man, The Wizard of Oz—and the latest sensation Twilight. Continue reading “Akron Symphony Does LOTR Music”