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Tolkien Calendar 2013: The Hobbit Calendar – Wall Calendar, September 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Calendar: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Wal edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062208012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062208019
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,025 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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Great fantasy art.
Evelyn Bridges Eidson
A great addition to my Tolkien calendar collection, with some new illustrations that have not been seen before.
N. Milton Cavender
The paintings are vivid, detailed, and highly appealing.
John D. Cofield

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2012
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The official Tolkien calendar for 2013 is a pleasant change from the 2011 and 2012 calendars, which featured more abstract and in many ways rudimentary illustrations by Cor Blok. The 2013 edition focusses on The Hobbit and contains art from two of the best known Tolkien illustrators, John Howe and Alan Lee. The paintings are vivid, detailed, and highly appealing.

Howe and Lee each contributed six illustrations for this calendar, with additional sketches and pencil drawings being used as backgrounds for the monthly grids and for the large centerfold. The artists' work is complementary although their styles are different. Howe prefers brighter colors than Lee, while Lee favors paler shades and larger landscapes, but I find both equally appealing. I especially appreciated the illustrations which were clearly inspired by some of Tolkien's own art, such as March's view of the interior of Bag End and September's Eagle's Eyrie, both by Howe. I also enjoyed January (Howe) and February (Lee)'s selections, both of which feature the front door of Bag End and allow a wider view of the Shire. By the way, if you are familiar with The Lord of the Rings movies some of the paintings may seem familiar, which is not surprising since both Lee and Howe were involved in creating the films.

I will enjoy using this calendar in 2013, and I hope that future Tolkien calendars will continue to use artists whose works so beautifully depict the lands of Middle-earth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 25, 2012
Tolkien art calenders for the past few years have been pretty dismal -- instead of using either mainstays (Alan Lee and John Howe) or new artists (check deviantart), they kept using the work of Cor Blok. Ugh.

So it's kind of a relief that they've finally gone back to better art in "Tolkien Calender 2013: The Hobbit," which is apparently to whet the appetites of Tolkien fans who are anticipating the new Peter Jackson movie. It's equal parts John Howe and Alan Lee, each of whom produced six pictures based on scenes in "The Hobbit."

First we have Howe, whose pictures include the Great Goblin,Gandalf looking out over Mirkwood with Gwaihir and Bilbo, Smaug attacking Laketown (spoiler!), the dwarves partying in Bilbo's home, the foyer of Bag End, Bilbo hiding from Smaug, and Gandalf approaching Bilbo's gate.

John Howe is one of my favorite Tolkien artists -- not just because he's a legend, but because he's able to capture light so effectively. We have the sullen red glow of Smaug's inner flames reflected on gold, the brilliance of dawn over Mirkwood, and the warm sunlight that fills the Shire.

Alan Lee's contributions include the dwarves stopping off at the Green Dragon, falling in a heap at Bilbo's feet, and climbing trees to escape the goblins; there is also the famous "riddles in the dark" scene, Bilbo hanging around outside Bag End, crossing the bridge into Rivendell, and a glimpse of the great kingdom under the Lonely Mountain.

I'm not quite as fond of Lee as I am of Howe, mainly because color tends to be very washed out in his art, with lots of greys and browns. But the designs in his art is pretty lovely, especially the arching bridge into Lothlorien -- and the beautiful illumination in the "King Under The Mountain" painting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Pitsch on April 2, 2013
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I loved the scenes, from the peaceful, pastoral Shire landscapes to the action shots of orcs and Smaug. My only reservation was that I recognized some of the pictures from earlier calendars. Nice stuff, but I would have liked to have all new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Moran on January 23, 2013
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There was more older art than I expected and or it all looked like pieces I've seen over and over. All pretty much good however. I prefer full page images as well. There's really nothing more to add that hasn't been said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Ramirez on December 11, 2012
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Finally, after two years in the wilderness, a Tolkien calendar that is fun to hang on the wall. One or two of the Cor Block illustrations were interesting, but for the most part the last two calendars were failures. This one, featuring two favorite artists, makes up for it all.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2012
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I was very excited about this year's calendar, because I am not a big Cor Blok fan, and the past two years of his work were, to be charitable, one year too many.

Sadly, my excitement for this year was quickly quashed because, other than a couple of new sketches in this 2013 edition, all of these images have been published before in previous Tolkien calendars. If you collect these calendars at all, you'll recognize that fact immediately. Just because it's packaged differently doesn't mean it's fooling anyone.

Why keep going back to Howe and Lee? Enough, already. I don't even like Lee's illustrations. They are wan and passionless.

Can we have Ted Nasmith's work again, please? It's been years since he's had a shot at the calendar. His depictions of Middle-earth landscapes and architecture are just astonishing. I'd take his work over Howe's, or especially Lee's, any day of the week.

Or how about thinking outside the box and going with other Tolkien illustrators (yes, they do exist) like Jenny Dolfen, Matthew Stewart, and Anke-Katrin Eissmann, for example? Or, to honor the history of the calendar, why not Greg Hildebrandt, hired to do all-new images (sadly, his brother Tim is deceased), and not using his paintings that have been previously published?

The annual Tolkien Calendar is beginning to resemble Hollywood: Remake after remake after remake. Stop recycling the same old stuff! Some new art and artists, please and thank you.

And please don't insist on three consecutive years of all illustrations from the "The Hobbit," while we're at it, simply because the movies are coming out. Include "The Lord of the Rings" images, and some from "The Silmarillion," too.

It would be nice to once again look forward to the Tolkien Calendar each year with anticipation, and not dread or indifference.

Get cracking!
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