Category Archive: J. R. R. Tolkien

This section contains the largest collection of images: examples of my work from the 1970’s to the present inspired chiefly by J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, but also The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

Battle of the Black Gate

Created for The Lord of the Rings Online, Update 20: Battle of the Black Gate by Standing Stone Games. Media: Goauche on illustration board.

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The Arkenstone (Hobbit Card Game)

Artwork for The Hobbit Card Game; Sophisticated Games, Cambridge UK 2012. All works gouache on board, 3 ¾” x 5 ¾” “That stone of all the treasure I name unto myself, and I will be avenged on anyone who finds it and withholds it.“― Thorin[1] “The Arkenstone was discovered by Thráin I soon after the establishment of the dwarf-kingdom …

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Dáin Ironfoot

Artwork for The Hobbit Card Game; Sophisticated Games, Cambridge UK 2012. All works gouache on board, 3 ¾” x 5 ¾” “Dáin II or Dáin Ironfoot (Third Age 2767 – 3019, aged 252 years) was the Lord of the Iron Hills and King under the Mountain. In his life, he fought in the Battle of Azanulbizar, the Battle of Five Armies and the Battle of Dale. He was renowned as a …

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Orcrist, The Goblin Cleaver

Artwork for The Hobbit Card Game; Sophisticated Games, Cambridge UK 2012. All works gouache on board, 3 ¾” x 5 ¾” Made in Gondolin for the “Goblin Wars” according to master Elrond.  Whatever the history, a usably fine blade no doubt. “Exactly what happened to Orcrist at Thorin’s funeral isn’t completely clear. The Hobbit tells us that the sword …

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When the Thrush Knocks

Artwork for The Hobbit Card Game; Sophisticated Games, Cambridge UK 2012. All works gouache on board, 3 ¾” x 5 ¾” “Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin’s Day will shine upon the key-hole.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit “Thrushes are large speckled brown birds with a …

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Lúthien

Media: Gouache on illustration board Dimensions: 32½ cm × 51 cm Limited edition prints are available First appeared in the 1990 Tolkien Calendar, published by HarperCollins. (It was the painting for March.)

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The Oathtaking of Cirion and Eor

Media: Gouache on illustration board (This is a scene from Tolkien’sUnfinished Tales.) First appeared in the 1990 Tolkien Calendar, published by HarperCollins. (It was the painting for September.)

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Smith and the Queen of Faery

“Then he knelt, and she stooped and laid her hand on his head, and a great stillness came upon him; and he seemed to be both in the World and in Faery, and also outside them and surveying them, so that he was at once in bereavement, and in ownership, and in peace.”  — Smith of Wootton Major A …

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Orthanc in the Second Age

Media: Gouache on illustration board Dimensions: 7½ in × 6 ½ in First appeared as part of theMiddle-earth Collectible Card Game, published by Iron Crown Enterprises in the mid-1990s.

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Tuor Reaches the Hidden City of Gondolin

Media: Gouache on illustration board First appeared in the 1996 Tolkien Calendar, published by HarperCollins. (It was the painting for June.)

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