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  • How to Support Tolkien Library - Advertise at the Tolkien Library Website
    a year This number rises every year We average over 71 800 requests a month and still growing We have a lot of original content We have reviews of every important new Tolkien title We promise to maintain the integrity of the advertising and TolkienLibrary com was founded as a family website and it will stay that way What can we do for you Text link on homepage contextual links sidewide links banner ads Target ads for specific areas of TolkienLibrary com Collecting Books Shop etc We are quite open to working with small business and advertising needs No ad campaign is too small TolkienLibrary com is open to discussing personalized needs and can work out a customized advertising package with you in mind Pricing Text links on homepage are priced 100 Euro for three monhts Text links on subpages can be contextual and are selling at 75 Euro for 3 months Shorter or longer periods side wide links and anything you desire is possible just contact us for prices Banners are priced 35 Euro per months for standard ad banners on secondary pages Banners are priced 100 Euro per month for standard ad banners on the homepage standard ad

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  • Tolkien Calendar 2011 will feature art by Cor Blok
    Rings and will feature many previously unseen works of art by the Dutch artist Cor Blok Cor Blok now a retired Dutch professor in history of art made more than 100 illustrations for The Lord of the Rings as a graduation project at his art college This was in 1960 and 1961 so now over 50 years ago His idea was a sort of Bayeux tapestry including artificial aging Painted on two pieces of rice paper which were stuck together while wet His work is well known in The Netherlands and Belgium because three of his paintings were on the first Dutch paperback edition of the Dutch translation of The Lord of the Rings and were on the covers from 1965 up to 1979 see the Dutch Tolkien Biography Cor Blok was invited to visit J R R Tolkien and Tolkien was so impressed by his work that he bought 2 of paintings and got a third one for free Later Tolkien s daughter Priscilla bought two as well Cor Blok is the only artist still alive to have met J R R Tolkien and the only artist Tolkien admired enough to purchase some of his work Interview with Cor Blok I m extremely happy to publish the following interview with the artist Cor Blok where we talk about the art he created 50 years ago and we learn some more about this very talented and interesting person All the paintings that will be shown in the Tolkien calendar 2011 are inspired by Tolkien s classic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings and were all completed during the early 1960s when the young artist was attempting to create a Bayeux tapestry approach to illustrating this monumental book He will not be creating any new Lord of the Rings inspired art

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  • Tolkien Calendar 2012 will feature art by Cor Blok
    his work Since the publication of the 2011 Cor Blok received a lot of attention and gained a lot of fans The paintings are inspired by Tolkien s classic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings and were completed during the early 1960s when the young artist was attempting to create a Bayeux tapestry approach to illustrating this monumental book Most of the paintings included have never been seen before This delightful collection of scenes takes the reader on a unique journey through the beauty and drama of Middle earth It represents a truly charming addition to the series of official calendars by a gifted artist and promises to be a memorable calendar for fans This news will come as another shock for many Tolkien fans since some really could not really appreciate Cor Blok s art Others will be very delighted to hear that soon they will have access to even more of his art One must say it has been a long time ago that so many talked and even discussed about the Tolkien Calendar Much like The Lord of the Rings the art by Cor Blok is either liked immediatly or dismissed For sure the Publishers took a great risk to stop the fine series of accepted and well known Tolkien art and dared to show the other end of illustrating Middle earth For sure a lot of doors have opened now and I m happy for all artists to see these calendars Next to that it is perfect timing of course it is exactly 50 years ago since Cor Blok made his 140 art pieces to accompany The Lord of the Rings I have been so lucky to look at most of these works and I can already say the selection for the 2012 calendar is great

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  • Interview with Cor Blok about the Tolkien Calendar 2011
    it is from this style that the pictorial code used in my Tolkien illustrations derives Barbarusian art is also the source of the special technique used in the illustrations which involves a very thin brand of Japanese paper painted on both sides and applied to a background covered with gouache still slightly wet It was invented in order to make my frescos and miniatures look damaged by the passage of time The Barbarusian project started in 1953 I continued to work on it at least until 1957 58 the rumour that I presented it as a graduation project from the Academy in 1956 is absolutely unfounded It was exhibited at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague in 1960 for this occasion I made a few threedimensional objects to complete the otherwise twodimensional show which opened on the First of April TL Why did you choose to illustrate The Lord of the Rings while this style and technique could equally well be applied to the Edda or even the Bible for example CB I actually did a couple of Bible illustrations among them a picture of King Solomon s successor threatening his subjects by telling them that his little finger would be thicker than his father s loins visualized very literally But The Lord of the Rings happened to come to my notice I think in 1958 in the Dutch translation and though I was not immediately attracted I came to feel that the story would lend itself to being re told in pictures in the manner of my Barbarusian paintings when I started to read it seriously Eventually this proved true enough to keep me busy for three years During this time I read both the translation and the original The Edda since you mention it I read only much later I don t think it would have inspired me To tell the truth I found it rather boring and soon gave up Perhaps it makes one understand why the ancient Scandinavians and Germanic tribesmen produced so little of interest in the field of the visual arts TL Though it all happened fifty years ago can you recall what influences were particularly important in the case of these illustrations CB For one thing Barbarusia made me aware of the fact that a style is in fact a set of rules like those of a game which restricts your movements but challenges you to make the utmost of what is allowed and in the most ingenious manner possible Also that a style need not be something that grows naturally from an artist s personality or from a collective unconscious one can consciously adopt a set of rules to serve as a style even for specific occasions During my studies at the Academy I had become very much interested in a great variety of pictorial languages from the ancient Middle East to China pre Columbian America and all the so called primitive arts This provided one of the stimuli to create Barbarusian art Of particular interest to me were the ancient Mixtec and Aztec chronicles with their elaborate and visually fascinating symbolism Out of these experiences developed a lifelong preoccupation with visual images as a means of communication From 1963 until 1965 I worked as a staff member on the Educational Department of the Gemeentemuseum where I had a large share in the preparation of an exhibition called Taal en Teken in the spring of 1965 This led me into research on subjects like Chinese writing American Indian picture writing and the work of Otto Neurath on pictorial statistics which partly provided the material for my book Beeldspraak published in 1967 Although done a couple of years earlier the Tolkien pictures fit into this line of development More specific influences on the style of the paintings came from real i e non Barbarusian Medieval painting Persian and Indian miniatures and the work of Pieter Brueghel the Elder I have always admired the latter s way of circumscribing entire figures within a clear and simple closed outline The Bayeux Tapestry was also on my mind but as far as I can recall modern comic strips began to consciously interest me only when the Tolkien project was already well under way Interest in them was stimulated by Roy Lichtenstein s use of them in his paintings and by the appearance of comics like Barbarella and Asterix and reprints of the classic Krazy Kat TL I heard that Tolkien bought some of your paintings and that you visited him Can you recall particulars of this visit CB Nothing very exciting unknown young artist visits Famous Author that kind of thing though the Famous Author behaved amiably enough I had been introduced by his publisher Rayner Unwin to whom I had in turn been introduced by Mr Jacobi of Van Stockum s bookshop The Hague who was the first to exhibit the pictures I had brought a selection of my paintings as well as some examples of Barbarusian miniatures and we discussed these and the desirability or un desirability of illustrations to accompany a text Mine turned out not to be the first attempts at illustrating The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien declared himself not in favour of coupling pictures with his texts not even his own drawings a point of view which I thought and still think absolutely justified He did like my pictures however and even bought two of them afterwards to which I added one other as a present Recently though I read in Scull Hammond s Tolkien Companion and Guide that among the first five that were sent to him through the publisher there were four he thought attractive as pictures but bad as illustrations as he wrote to Rayner Unwin One could hardly hope he complained in this letter nowadays to come across a talented artist who could or would even try to depict the noble and the heroic I doubt whether many of my pictures would come up to this standard

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  • Interview with Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull about The Art of the Hobbit
    was in contact with Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull to ask their permission as well we found it a good time to add some extra questions mostly about their upcoming book The Art of the Hobbit I m glad to publish their answers here just in time before the publication of their new fantastic book The Art of The Hobbit DB Your next project titled The Art of The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien will feature many unpublished drawings made by J R R Tolkien to illustrate The Hobbit or produced by him for other purposes and reused to serve as inspiration for his illustrations Were these illustrations unavailable when you published J R R Tolkien Artist and Illustrator in 1995 or was there simply not enough space to publish all you would have liked to WH CS We were in fact limited in the number of pictures we could reproduce in Artist and Illustrator mdash to only about 200 mdash and only half of those could be in colour The other Hobbit illustrations were known to us at the time DB J R R Tolkien s illustrations for The Hobbit provide vivid images of Bilbo s journey To what extent do you think that Tolkien s practice as an illustrator and map drawer has influenced him in writing his novel WH CS Tolkien had mental pictures of his characters and scenery while he was writing as all writers do His skill at painting and drawing allowed him sometimes to put his visions into pictorial as well as verbal form and sometimes he used pictures mdash particularly maps mdash to help him work out points of story But he was primarily a writer rather than an artist Some of his Hobbit illustrations however influenced the writing of The Lord of the Rings as he had established certain features of Hobbiton and Rivendell for instance in pictures which were not described in the text of The Hobbit but which then entered into its sequel DB It seems J R R Tolkien drew much fewer pictures for The Lord of the Rings than for The Hobbit Was it due to the different character of the book or to the constraints in completing a work much more ambitious and elaborate than The Hobbit WH CS Tolkien wrote The Hobbit in the first instance for his children and himself and was free to include illustrations in its private manuscript When the work was wanted for publication it was meant from the start that the book should include maps but Tolkien was used to it having pictures and convinced Allen Unwin to add illustrations In fact it was not unusual for a book aimed at young readers to have pictures and the publisher probably realized that Tolkien s art added value The Lord of the Rings however was not for children and its text was so long and costly to print in three volumes that a full range of illustrations was out of the

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  • Tolkien Boxed Editions - Tolkien book sets in slipcases
    this book CLP0283 J R R Tolkien The Lord of the Rings in box with photograph by John Wyatt Released in 1979 by Uwnin Paperbacks 25 A nice set of Unwin paperbacks of The lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien in box with photo of Tolkien by John Wyatt Enquire about this book CLP0274 The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Four Paperback Book Boxset from 1991 50th anniversary set Black Slipcase with art by Michael Herring 25 Ballantine 50th anniversary edition set with art by Michael Herring Enquire about this book 001258 The Lord of the Rings 1992 US Three Volume Set with Publishers Slipcase Still in Shrinkwrap 400 00 The books feature Alan Lee s Illustrations that were commissioned to celebrate the Centenary of Tolkiens Birth Enquire about this book 001260 The Lord of the Rings UK Centenary Edition with Publishers Slipcase 150 00 These books feature some of the early drafts of the artwork by the author for the original dustjackets of the 1st Editions that were not used Enquire about this book CLP0295 The Lord of the Rings centenary edition released in 1992 by Houghton Mifflin 40 The 1992 slipcase with a nice Alan Lee drawing has a Tolkien Centenary Logo on it Tolkien the Centenary 1982 1992 Enquire about this book CLP0288 The Lord of the Rings black paperback set by HarperCollins 30 Copies of the 5th Impression onward were issued in this slipcase So the set is probably printed in 1999 Enquire about this book CLP0285 The Lord of the Rings 7 volume HarperCollins paperback set 75 The Lord of the Rings issued in 2000 after the hardback edition had gone out of print Not reprinted Enquire about this book CLP0070 The Lord of The Rings 2001 Film Edition by

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  • Collectable books about Tolkien for sale
    is stamped below the colophon Uncorrected proof copy followed by the title W H Auden Good and Evil in The Lord of the Rings Enquire about this book THOR013 AUDEN W H Good and evil in the Lord of the Rings Oxford 1993 16pp 45 00 The letter U also appears handwritten below this colophon Actual year of publication was 1992 Enquire about this book 001288 J R R Tolkien Artist Illustrator 85 00 With over 200 reproductions of Tolkien s art of which over half are published for the first time Enquire about this book 001225 The Art of the Hobbit J R R Tolkien by Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull 45 00 Full colour art book with over 100 Hobbit sketches drawings paintings and maps by J R R Tolkien to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit Enquire about this book CLP0275 The Complete Guide JRR Tolkien A Biography and The Complete Guide to Middle earth 1978 Unwin Paperbacks boxed set 55 This set includes J R R Tolkien a biography by Humphrey Carpenter and The Complete Guide to Middle earth by Robert Foster Enquire about this book CLP0276 J R R Tolkien The Man His Myth A Guide to Middle Earth Master of Middle Earth A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings A Biography 1978 Ballantine Books box set 4 volumes 30 A nice collection of books about J R R Tolkien and the perfect guide to the man J R R Tolkien his myths Enquire about this book 000577 The Complete Guide to Middle Earth by Robert Foster 1978 Hardback 50 00 It draws together in logical sequence facts and information about names languages places and events from Tolkien s books Enquire about this book CLP0187 Parma Eldalamberon 20 The

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  • Folio Society editions of all books by J.R.R. Tolkien
    slipcase Enquire about this book CLP0026 The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien 1st Folio Society Impressions 1976 Fine 50 A very nice first edition of the Folio Society The Hobbit The book is housed in the original publishers slipcase Enquire about this book 001171 The Hobbit or There and Back Again in Publishers Slipcase 150 00 The Hobbit Quarter Bound in Dark Maroon Leather and cloth this is the stated 1st printing of the 1st Folio Edition Enquire about this book CLP0027B The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien 3rd impression Folio Society from 1999 Near Fine 35 With black and white frontispiece and illustrations by Eric Fraser Enquire about this book 000672 The Lord of the Rings 1977 Folio Society 1st Printings 325 00 Features the light grey quarter leather binding with gilded labyrinth design by Jeff Clements Enquire about this book 001289 The Lord of the Rings Folio Society Boxed Set 1st Thus 250 00 The Lord of the Rings bound in full elephant hide featuring the Folio Society Rings design Enquire about this book 001264 The Lord of the Rings Folio Society Sealed in Publishers Slipcase 200 00 The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien high quality set by the Folio Society still sealed unread condition Enquire about this book 001107 The Silmarillion Folio Society 1st Impression with Publishers Slipcase 135 00 The Silmarillion published by The Folio Society London 1997 this copy is the 1st printing of 1997 Enquire about this book See the Original Cloth Bindings which have been sold The Tolkien Library Store always has a large amount of rare and collectible Tolkien books up for sale The books in the Tolkien Library Store always have a high collectible value and are of the finest on the market Tolkien books

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