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Tolkien Calendar 2010 Calendar – Wall Calendar, August 18, 2009


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Product Details

  • Calendar: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Wal edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061782734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061782732
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 11.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specializing in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.

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As usual, the pictures are wonderfully beautiful.
Carol Reed
Out of all the esteemed artists who have created images of J.R.R. Tolkien's work, Ted Nasmith is probably in the top five somewhere.
E. A Solinas
I especially like the cover depiction of Rivendell and the center fold out picture of The Pillars of the Kings.
John D. Cofield

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2009
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The 2010 Tolkien Calendar by Ted Nasmith depicts scenes from the Third Age of Middle earth. The artwork is colorful and very beautiful, a nice change from the magnificent but somewhat somber calendars of the last two years. Nasmith excells in depicting mountains and cloudscapes, and he is at his peak here. I especially like the cover depiction of Rivendell and the center fold out picture of The Pillars of the Kings. Nasmith's depictions of homelier landscapes is also admirable. I enjoyed January's Green Hill Morning and February's Last Sight of Hobbiton for their visions of the Shire. Just as lovely is September's Frodo and Haldir in Lothlorien, with a wide landscape of golden mallorns stretching for miles.

Several of the paintings in this calendar are repeats from previous years, but they are still very beautiful and well worth seeing again. I will enjoy using this calendar, as will all lovers of Middle earth.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2009
Out of all the esteemed artists who have created images of J.R.R. Tolkien's work, Ted Nasmith is probably in the top five somewhere.

Heck, he'd probably be higher on the list if it weren't for John Howe and Alan Lee, because his paintings of Middle Earth are lushly detailed, and rich with light and colour. And the "Tolkien Calendar 2010" focuses on the events at the end of the Third Age (aka, "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit"), filling these pictures with clouds and mountains, light and shadow, armies and hobbits.

It begins with a beautiful, light-filled picture of the hobbits setting out across the Shire's rolling green hills, and proceeds through a series of striking, haunting outdoors images -- the hobbits and Aragorn wandering across the countryside by night; a pair of wizards walking past a vast grey mountain range; Boromir's boat falling over a white waterfall, with his friends watching from the middle of the wide river; and Haldir showing Frodo the autumnal splendor of Lothlorien.

And while the landscapes of Middl-Earth dominate, Nasmith tries out some action scenes here and there -- the eagles carrying Bilbo and his dwarf buddies over the Misty Mountains, and even the Riders of Rohan following Gandalf into battle. But there are darker sides to Nasmith's art too. There's Frodo and Sam in the rocky, desolate Mordor (complete with volcanic clouds and lightning); Merry and Pippin heading into Fangorn, with lots of twisting knobby trees and dark blue light.

But Nasmith is at his best in the picture of the Argonath -- the vast white pillars rise on either side of a fast-moving river, even as soft sunlight shines through the clouds and lights up the water.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia O. Ferreira on December 5, 2009
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This calendar is beautiful. Ted Nasmith really captures Middke-earth and its characters. Each month a beautiful drawing, my favorite is december, a drawing all in tones of blue and some white for the moon and its reflection, a real genious conception.

There is a poster in the middle of the Argonath, with an important detail: Isildur and Anarion are both carrying axes, as Tolkien described in the book (The two towers), and not swords, as Peter Jackson worngly portrayed in the movie.

A must-have.
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Every illustration in this calendar is beautiful. With scenes that range from familiar scenes such as Imladris (Rivendell), to character illustrations, there is plenty of variety. Also featured is a foldout poster of the Argonath, illustrated in a way that it faithful to Tolkien's original description. Each illustration is accompanied by a relevant descriptive passage from the writing that inspired it. Nasmith's attention to detail makes every element of this drawings enjoyable to look at, from star~filled skies to leaf~covered trees. If you enjoy the works of either Tolkien, Nasmith, or both, this calendar will not disappoint.
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By N. Simon on January 9, 2010
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I have been buying Ted Naismith's Tolkien calendars for the last six or seven years. I usually cut out and save the illustrations after the year is over, as the artwork is fantastic. This particular year has pictures of various landscapes taken from multiple Tolkien works (mostly LOTR, but also The Hobbit, Unfinished Tales), including a two-page spread of the Pillars of the Kings (from The Fellowship of the Ring). If you are a big fan of Middle Earth, I'd strongly encourage the purchase of this calendar to be able to appreciate the beauty of the Middle Earth landscape artwork. Plus, it looks great on the wall...
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I buy the Tolkien calender every year... but I often wait far too long, and this year it seemed to sell out everywhere, forcing me to pay a premium (at least MSRP) for it. Annoying to say the least. But it's almost always well worth having. I do wish this year's had a little more life to it. Landscapes are great, but I'm playing LotRO... I feel I get a first hand view of so many places now ;), I'd like to see some more artistic flexing of the material.
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