Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures To Accompany The Lord Of The Rings by Cor BlokTolkien Tapestry: Pictures To Accompany The Lord Of The Rings by Cor Blok

Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures To Accompany The Lord Of The Rings

byCor Blok

Hardcover | October 24, 2011

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Fifty years ago, shortly after The Lord of the Rings was first published, Cor Blok read the trilogy and was completely captivated by its invention and epic storytelling. The breadth of imagination and powerful imagery inspired the young Dutch artist, and this spark of enthusiasm, coupled with his desire to create art that resembled a historical artefact in its own right, led to the creation of more than 100 paintings.Following an exhibition at the Hague in 1961, JRR Tolkien's publisher, Rayner Unwin, sent him five pictures. Tolkien was so taken with them that he met and corresponded with the artist and even bought some paintings for himself.The series bears comparison with the Bayeux Tapestry, in which each tells an epic and complex story in deceptively simple style, but beneath this simplicity lies a compelling and powerful language of form that becomes more effective as the sequence of paintings unfolds.The full-colour paintings in this new book are presented in story order so that the reader can enjoy them as the artist intended. They are accompanied by extracts from The Lord of the Rings and the artist also provides an extensive introduction illuminating the creation of the series and notes to accompany some of the major compositions. Many of the paintings appear for the very first time.Readers will find Cor Blok's work refreshing, provocative, charming and wholly memorable - the bold and expressive style that he created stands as a unique achievement in the history of fantasy illustration. Rarely has an artist captured the essence of a writer's work in such singular fashion; the author found much to admire in Cor Blok's work, and what higher accolade is there?

Title:Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures To Accompany The Lord Of The RingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 10.13 × 8 × 0.77 inPublished:October 24, 2011Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0007437986

ISBN - 13:9780007437986

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally Worth the Wait Looking at the paintings they seem simple...but much like the introduction explains...(like the 7th century tapestries) the simplicity in them drives you to read the book in detail and interpret in your own way. Too many fantasy artists over do it...while Blok takes his own style in a unique direction. Also most of these were never seen the 120 odd paintings are a collectors item in themselves. JRR even had two of these in his obviously they resonated with the text quite well. The only complaint I had was with waiting two weeks for it to arrive from a web order to the store. But well worth the wait. A good companion book for anyone reading LOTR.
Date published: 2012-08-27