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Weep at the beauty of Tolkien's 'Silmarillion' Illuminated

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Jul 12 2013, 3:49pm

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[caption id="attachment_75525" align="alignright" width="300"] The Illuminated Silmarillion[/caption]How beautiful can a J.R.R. Tolkien book be? There are some fantastic illustrated versions of "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings," and "The Silmarillion," and each is beautiful and can be an impressive part of any library. There have been some deluxe versions of LOTR printed over the years which are expensive and impressive. But Benjamin Harff has done something on a whole new level. Following the tradition of ancient forms of book making, often by monks or priests working before the printing press, Harff has used the old style to make a simply amazing version of Tolkien's "The Silmarillion."

He produced the book as part of his schooling and says, "...but the main problem was my strict limitation in time and money. Looking back I cannot understand how it worked! For my exam it would have been enough to do calligraphy for only one or two chapters. But I didnīt want to have a book with maybe twenty printed and 380 empty pages! That would not have been worthy for a Tolkien-work and I had better done a short story or so. But I thought: "This is your exam and maybe the last time that you can do what you want as an illustrator!" So I did it, and couldnīt have done it with that fire, wouldnīt it have been a Tolkien-work. And although this was extremely hard, the fire did not cease."

The Tolkien Library has an interview with excellent images. You can read the whole story right here.

(This post was edited by entmaiden on Jul 14 2013, 2:24pm)

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Weep at the beauty of Tolkien's 'Silmarillion' Illuminated News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Jul 12 2013, 3:49pm
    That is awesome! Fredeghar Wayfarer Send a private message to Fredeghar Wayfarer Jul 12 2013, 10:45pm
        So, What is David Salo doing? Eruwestial37 Send a private message to Eruwestial37 Jul 13 2013, 12:43am
    Weeping? It can't really be that beautiful let lo-...... okay, weeping now. Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel Jul 13 2013, 2:03pm
    Wow, just wow Lothwen Send a private message to Lothwen Jul 13 2013, 3:27pm
    Where Can I buy One? IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Jul 13 2013, 4:17pm
    Brushing tears. We wants one. // Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jul 13 2013, 6:33pm
    How appropriate grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jul 14 2013, 3:45am
    Simply beautiful! Arandir Send a private message to Arandir Jul 14 2013, 7:08pm


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