The million-selling Lord of the Rings Calendars created during the 1970s by renowned fantasy artists Greg and Tim Hildebrandt are now considered artistic masterpieces. Greg and Tim HildebrandtThe Tolkien Years tells the untold story behind the creation of these cherished illustrations, written by an author with real first-hand knowledge of the creative genius behind these paintings.
Written by Gregory Hildebrandt, Jr., Greg Hildebrandt's son, this fascinating book tells the story through the eyes of young Gregory of how at ages 5, 6, and 7 he posed for the various "little people" characters known as the Hobbits. Gregory reminisces about his key role in the development of these calendar paintings, and the unique creative ingenuity of his father and uncle.
The Tolkien Years provides Tolkien-lovers with a fantastic treasury of Lord of the Rings art. Not only are all the paintings from the best-selling 1976, 1977, and 1978 calendars included, but this reference also features the original sketches for the paintings; photographs and sketches of the costumes worn by the inhabitants of Middle Earth; and an incredible pull-out poster of a never-before-published painting specially created for this book.