Yeah it's pretty well written in my opinion. I don't how 'pure' or accurate it is, sounds like according to the page I linked that some people like it less than other books that attempt the same thing, but I think it's good. It goes into all kinds of stuff from Hobbit culture to plants.
Those illustrations are very beautiful. #5 Great Eagles seems to be from Tim Hildebrandt, but I am not sure about it.
thekeeper: The Tolkien Bestiary is one of those books I would love to have in my Tolkien collection. I saw it on Goodreads and it seemed very interesting and informative. I hope I can buy it later on, because I finally get some extra money since I am done with my driving lessons and everything which costed almost all my savings. Something to look forward to.
Post by andrewwerdna on Jun 24, 2017 16:26:55 GMT -5
Maybe I was a bit hasty to say he was the BEST, but he's certainly my favorite. Honestly I don't really like Alan Lee's work very much. I'm not familiar with those other two by name (after googling I recognize some images) but they seem pretty great.
The main thing I personally rather dislike in the works of the most well-known and universally recognized Tolkien-inspired artists (e.g. Nasmith, Lee, Howe) is - paradoxically - their too 'realistic' style and approach. I feel that such approach bereaves Tolkien world of the greater part of its deep fairy-tale mistery and dream-like quality.
For me, the best Tolkien artists try to catch and express this aerial imaginary quality of vast dreamy expanses and visionary landscapes (maybe with the tint of a kind of infantile view) by graphical means.
Off the fly I'd name Roger Garland and Hildebrandt brothers.
I have this book too and I love it. Primarily illustrated by Ian Miller. Most people know him from his work for Games Workshop but he also illustrated Tolkien.
It's a bit hard to find higher-resolution images unfortunately but I strongly recommend picking up the Tolkien Bestiary if you ever get the opportunity. And I would also second many of the other recommendations itt, particularly Nasmith, Howe, Hildebrandt and Lee.
Really kool textual descriptions and histories of things in that book. I got it when I was maybe 8 or 9 years old and thought it was so fascinating. I think I may still have it somewhere. Surprisingly deep book, even goes into some plants.
crystallogic13: nahadoth , or anyone that knows, are the "monthly" Dungeon Synth releases you do on Facebook reposted anywhere else ? (reddit, could be here, anywhere?) .. (have missed a "window" of DS releases 15-20/3 and want to catch up-bandcamp stops about a month:(
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