Category: Lord of the Rings

Illustrator of Tolkien Books Dies at 90

Barbara Remington, the illustrator for J.R.R. Tolkien`s beloved fantasy novels has passed away at the age of 90. She designed the covers for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” in 1965. Remington died on January the 23rd in Susquehanna, Pa from breast cancer. This information was given from her friend John Bromberg.

An interesting fact about Remington is that when she designed the covers she had not read the books at the time. Remington confirmed that she designed the covers even though she did not know what Tolkien`s books were about.

The covers Remington illustrated were for the paperback editions published by Ballantine Books. You can see some of Barbara Remingtons marvelous illustrations down below.

 

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Other works by Barbara Remington include illustrations for children’s books and a cookbook by Susan Wyler called “Cooking From a Country Farmhouse.”

 

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Iconic Places in Literature You Can Visit

Ever wanted to visit places you’ve literally only read about? Well you are in luck my friend. This is a list of iconic literary places you can actually visit.

 

Tom Riddle’s Grave

We first learn about Tom Riddle’s grave stone in the fifth book in the series, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Image via Off Exploring

The grave is in an actual cemetery in Greyfriars Kirk, Scotland. Obviously the cemetery exactly like it is in the book but JK was rumored to have walked the cemetery and got inspiration for other character names. Many Harry Potter come to the cemetery and Riddle’s grave is the most popular to visit.

 

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The Kingdom of Arendelle

Arendelle is the fiction kingdom in Frozen and Frozen 2. The architecture and landscape was modeled after a real village in Hallstatt, Austria. It’s a small community of only a little more than 700 hundred people but the town is lively with up to 10,000 tourists a day.  The artists also got Arendelle’s name from an actual  city in Norway named Arendal.

Image via Earth Trekkers 

 

Image via Visit Norway

 

 

Bath

Jane Austen had written her most famous novel after her time in Bath, England. And the city inspired two of her books directly. Bath is famous for its ancient roman built baths that were mentioned by Austen. Tourism is large in Bath, thanks to The Jane Austen Centre, an exhibition that tells stories of her time there.

 

Image via The Crazy Tourist

 

Image via Visit Bath

 

Hobbiton

The Lord of the Rings has too many cool places we wish we could actually visit but thank goodness we can go here! The Hobbiton set was built in Matamata, New Zealand and 98′ Peter Jackson’s team came across Alexander Farm when they were location scouting. After nine months of building 39 nine hobbit holes were ready. Guided tours of Hobbiton started in 2002 and fans still can visit the hobbit homes.

 

Image via Hobbitontours

 

 

Green Gables

The Anne of Green Gables book series was inspired by real land and farm house that you can visit. Green Gables in a 19th century farm in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is an national historic site for its importance to literature and is on the most visited sites in the country. The author LL Montgomery visited the farm when she was young and got romantic inspiration form the house and surrounding areas for places i her books like The Haunted Woods, Lovers’ Lane and Balsam Hollow.

 

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Christopher Tolkien dead at 95

Christopher Tolkien, son of JRR Tolkien has died aged 95, the Tolkien Society reports. In a recent statement on twitter, they had this to say: “Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95. The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family.”

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Christopher continued the legacy of his father, author of Lord of the Ringsafter his death in 1973, and was an author of his own work. Having grown up listening to his father’s stories, fantasy was deeply ingrained in his life from an early age. He was the first scholar of Middle Earth, even making a map of the fantasy space – which you can see firsthand in the British Library. He dedicated much of his life to editing and publishing his father’s writing.

Christopher was critical of the film adaption Lord of the Rings in an interview with Le Monde in France, stating that his father’s work had been gutted in order to market an action movie to young people. Tolkien initially sold the rights to his work for £100,000 – an amount that seems small in consideration of the legacy of the series today.

 

 

Many fans of Lord of the Rings have reached out on Twitter to express their sadness at this loss.

Christopher will be remembered fondly for ensuring that his father’s legacy lived on after his death and expanding on a world so cherished by fantasy lovers all over the world.


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Ranking LotR Covers From Best to Worst

You have the hottest takes on the Hobbit covers, and now you have them for the Lord of the Rings as well!

Chinese – Fake! :'(

Image via Good eReader

I usually only put ACTUAL covers, but this one snuck up on me. Maybe just because I wanted to believe. It’s simple, elegant, and look at the figures. I don’t care if it’s real, it’s pretty, and I need it. Literally just take my money. Too good to be true.

11/10

 

Pencil

Image via Reddit

There’s a lot to like here, and not just because I grew up with this edition of the hobbit. They’re pretty, the style is consistent, and you know I like a set that looks like a set. Still not perfect – the color leeches over time, which might be tonally consistent, but visually it’s weird.

9/10

 

Goth

Image via The Literary Omnivore

These are pretty good. Dark, simple, have elvish and gold. Weird, old school illustrations. I don’t know what the significance of the yellow, red, and blue is, but it’s not objectionable, and we get the ring motif. I like it, but it’s not blowing my mind.

8/10

 

Forest

Image via WorthPoint

These are pretty! I like the illustrations, I like the subtle colors, I like that the set looks consistent, but the illustrations should be different! Like, the same style, but different illustrations. I want unity, but I don’t want it to be boring.

7/10

 

Monotone

Image via Tolkien Collector’s Guide

I like the colors, I like the art, I like that it’s retro. That said, it doesn’t have  a lot of character. It’s bland. You have a stupid maybe eagle, it’s all pretty general, and it looks like it was made by an algorithm. Ultimately? Meh.

6/10

 

Simple

Image via Adazing

I like the bright colors, I like the really metal illustration of the horse and the wraiths, but the first one with Gandalf is so bright, there’s just tonal dissonance. The middle one is perfect, because it’s vivid and menacing, but the others feel lopsided.

5/10

 

Ink?

Image via Open Culture

This is a mess. I like the first one so much – it’s simple, it’s thematic. We’ve got elvish, fire, rings. The second one is ugly and I don’t know why you’d do that. That green is bad, idk if that’s supposed to be an eagle, and don’t get me started on the third one. Pass.

4/10

 

Elfish

Image via Adazing

We’ve got the tricolor look again, but all the pretty art is covered up. I’m pretty sure the tree on the third book is just taken from a hobbit cover. I’m not even that into the movie font. The scale doesn’t play with the eagle. Disappointing.

3/10

 

Nightmare

Image via Adazing

I have every question. The eagles look like crows. The last one seems to be an army of snakes. The first is just a tree? All that purple doesn’t make any sense. It’s all so dark it looks like none of it is. No tone at all, just a heap of nonsense.

2/10

 

Realistic

     
Image via Nerdalicious 

God I hate what they used to do to fantasy books. I hate it. Gandalf looks like he’s offerning you drugs, the winged hat looks incredibly silly, and I’m horrified that’s an elf with a mullet. The purple’s too bright. An elf with a mullet! Ffs.

1/10

 

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