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Offer of the month.

July 11th, 2012

Offer of the month!!!!!!! Summer In The Shire. I am often asked whether I have any original art works for sale at lower prices, the simple answer is normally no; as all my work pretty much sells. Please see:- fo... 

Festival In The Shire

May 8th, 2012

Festival In The Shire have been kind enough to endorse my latest artwork which is a great honor as they promote some of my favorite Tolkien artists. See the link below via Facebook. 

Tom Bombadil: Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo! Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal the willow! Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo! 

Hello all, If I could kindly you ask you to take the time to visit the following link it would be very much appreciated. It details Laura's (from a customers perspective) experiences of ordering some of my artwork in print format through Fineart A... 

Concerning Hobbits

April 24th, 2012

“As for the Hobbits of the Shire, with whom these tales are concerned, in the days of their peace and prosperity they were a merry folk. They dressed in bright colours, being notably fond of yellow and green; but they seldom wore shoes, since their f... 

Black Riders Tolkien

April 11th, 2012

End of day sketch. The Nazgul (Black Riders) wore their rings so long that their physical forms faded entirely, invisible to mortal eyes. Their black robes gave them visible form. 

Tom Bombadil

April 6th, 2012

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March 24th, 2012

End of day sketch/doodle. Sam in Orc armour trudges towards Mount doom. 

The Shire (Haymaking the last harvest). The Lord Of The Rings Tolkien Inspired Art. The painting shows a time when all seems well in the shire, Merry and Pippin can be seen in the foreground sharing beer and smoking Old Tobby, smoke rings and chat... 


March 21st, 2012

End of day sketch/doodle. The Witch-king draws his Morgul-blade while in the background two Ringwraiths move towards Weathertop.  

End of day sketch/doodle. 

The Eye of Sauron

March 16th, 2012

Throughout The Lord of the Rings, "the Eye" (the Red Eye, the Evil Eye, the Lidless Eye, the Great Eye) is the image most often associated with Sauron. Sauron's Orcs bore the symbol of the Eye on their helmets and shields, and referred to him as the ... 

The Shire Haymaking. The Lord Of The Rings Tolkien Inspired Art.The Shire with Merry and Pippin. The painting shows a time when all seems well in the shire, Merry and Pippin can be seen in the foreground sharing beer and smoking Old Tobby, smoke rin... 


February 24th, 2012

Mordor or Morhdorh (the Black Land or Land of Shadow) was the dwelling place of Sauron. 

A Hobbits Tale. The Red Book

February 21st, 2012

A Hobbits Tale (The Red Book) Oil on canvas Bilbo travels to Rivendell to continue work on the red book (tucked under his arm); his two Dwarven companions (Dwarves of the Iron Hills) bid him farewell refusing to go further into Elven territory. Ga... 

Early Influences

February 16th, 2012

The Trolls J.R.R. Tolkien. One of the things that led me to start painting Tolkien inspired work, was Tolkiens very own naive sketches. Growing up I always read fairy tales, fantasy, mythical works and unlike most books Tolkiens illustrations alway... 

Bag End

February 15th, 2012

Hobbiton Bag End the home of Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy is a village along The Water a short walk to the west of Bywater. A large hill (The Hill) lay to the north, and under its southern slopes Bilbo's father Bungo buil... 

Hobbit farmer in the snow attends his flock; although we don't associate the shire with snow; Tolkien describes how White Wolves terrorize the Shire during an exceptionally cold winter. 

Farmer Maggot with Grip the dog.

February 13th, 2012

Lived on a farm called Bamfurlong in the Marish region of the Eastfarthing of the Shire. 


February 12th, 2012

Hobbits:- fattish in the stomach, shortish in the leg. A round, jovial face; ears only slightly pointed and 'elvish'; hair short and curling (brown). The feet from the ankles down, covered with brown hairy fur. Clothing: green velvet breeches; red or... 


February 11th, 2012

Other names:- The Grey, The White, Olórin, Mithrandir, Incánus, Tharkûn, The White Rider, Gandalf Greyhame, Stormcrow, Wand-elf, Láthspell. 

Conker Imp

February 10th, 2012

Imp surveys his forest domain as the sun sets in the woods. Conker husk headdress, hands on hips, chestnut coloured skin. 


February 9th, 2012

Within this mountainous region, Sauron's main fortress Barad-dûr formed its tower, at the foothills of Ered Lithui. To southwest of Barad-dûr lay the arid plateau of Gorgoroth, forming the region's keep, and Mount Doom its forge. End of day sketch. 

Joe Gilronan E-Mail I am very proud to say that I was interviewed by Middle-Earth Network concerning my Tolkien inspired artwork. Visit the following link for full details:- 

Merry and Pippin

February 2nd, 2012

Merry and Pippin (my cats) Yes even the cats have had the Tolkien treatment. 

I am very proud to say that I was just interviewed by Middle-Earth Network concerning my Tolkien (The Lord of The Rings) inspired artwork with a radio interview to follow. I thought that it may be of interest. Visit the following link for full de... 

With a little imagination my home town could easily be turned into Minas Tirith the white city. 

The Anduin flowed parallel to the Misty Mountains in a broad vale which formed the western part of Rhovanion, lying between the mountains and Mirkwood. 

Gollum's riddles in the dark taken from J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit Alive without breath, As cold as death; Never thirsty, ever drinking, All in mail never clinking. Answer:- Fish. End of day sketch/doodle using up left over materials. 

Concerning Hobbits

January 27th, 2012

The Shire is described as a small but beautiful and fruitful land, beloved by its inhabitants. The Hobbits had an extensive agricultural system in the Shire but were not industrialised. The landscape included small pockets of forest (again similar to... 

The Journey

January 26th, 2012

Gandalf spent the years between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings travelling Middle-earth in search of information on Sauron's resurgence and Bilbo's mysterious ring. The Journey Gandalf departs Rivendell(oil on canvas by me) 

Black Rider

January 25th, 2012

Those who used the Nine Rings became mighty in their day, kings, sorcerers, and warriors of old. They obtained glory and great wealth, yet it turned to their undoing. They had, as it seemed, unending life, yet life became unendurable to them. They co... 


January 24th, 2012

The art of Tolkien/The Lord of the RingsPromote Your Page Too 


January 23rd, 2012

The rock and pool, is nice and cool, so juicy sweet. Our only wish, to catch a fish, so juicy sweet.  

Orc of the red eye

January 22nd, 2012

Made from the earth According to the oldest "theory" proposed by J.R.R. Tolkien (from The Book of Lost Tales, circa 1917 — the first tale of Middle-earth to be written in full), Orcs were made of stone and slime through the sorcery of Morgoth:- "bre... 

Hunters Moon Aragorn Strider

January 21st, 2012

"Lonely men are we, Rangers of the wild, hunters – but hunters ever of the servants of the Enemy; for they are found in many places, not in Mordor only. Strider/Aragorn. 

The Dark Tower

January 20th, 2012

Barad-dûr was built by Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor, with the power of the One Ring, during the Second Age. The building took six hundred years to complete; it was the greatest fortress ever built since the Fall of Angband, and much of Sauron's pe... 

Facebook Tolkien posts

January 19th, 2012

The art of Tolkien/The Lord of the RingsPromote Your Page Too 

Tolkien quotes Ent song

January 17th, 2012

'When Spring unfolds the beechen leaf, and sap is in the bough; When light is on the wild-wood stream, and wind is on the brow; When stride is long, and breath is deep, and keen on the mountain-air, Come back to me! come... 

All That is Gold Does Not Glitter Alll that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the... 

favourite Tolkien quotes

January 14th, 2012

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them al... 

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Tolkien why?

January 12th, 2012

I am a full time proffesional artist who has been greatly influenced by the works of Tolkien. I received a Fine Arts Degree in painting from Liverpool University and hold a Higher National Diploma in design and ceramics from the University of Wales. ... 

The road to Rivendell

January 12th, 2012

The road to Rivendell. The Lord of the Rings/Tolkien inspired art. As the sun sets low over the the misty mountains the companions make camp. Frodo wounded, sits crouched by the fire, Merry, Pippin and Strider watch on with concern; while Sam busies...