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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)


Fredeghar Wayfarer
Lorien


Jul 12 2013, 10:45pm

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Very beautiful work. If not for the fact that it's written in English rather than Sindarin or Quenya, one could almost imagine it being an ancient illuminated manuscript of the First Age.


Eruwestial37
Rohan

Jul 13 2013, 12:43am

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If he collaborated with this artist, we could have a truly memorable collectible! I don't read Sindar or Quenya, but I'd sure love to learn it reading this. This is gorgeous. If only...


Faenoriel
Tol Eressea


Jul 13 2013, 2:03pm

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That is obscenely beautiful. Full praise for Mr. Harff for his skill, dedication and passion.

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Lothwen
Rivendell


Jul 13 2013, 3:27pm

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This. is. stunning. We wantsss it...

'There lie the woods of Lothlorien!' said Legolas. 'That is the fairest of all the dwellings of my people. There are no trees like the trees of that land. For in the autumn their leaves fall not, but turn to gold.'


IdrilofGondolin
Rohan

Jul 13 2013, 4:17pm

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Read the accompanying article. Seems like the artist is getting no love from the Tolkien Estate. Seriously? What's that about? They should jump on this and have it published so we can all own one.


Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 13 2013, 6:33pm

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Brushing tears. We wants one. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Jul 14 2013, 3:45am

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for Tolkien's work to be honoured this way. Stunning!


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Arandir
Gondor


Jul 14 2013, 7:08pm

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This would be so well greeted in my Tolkien collection Smile

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