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Tolkien Calendar 2010
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Why? Two simple words - Cor Blok. I do not understand his appeal. Lord of the Rings deserves majestic images, not childish, whimsical cartoons. Give us John Howe, Ted Nasmith, Donato Giancola, Alan Lee, Michael Whelan. I will NEVER buy a Tolkien calendar by Cor Blok. Look at the 2011 and 2012 Song of Ice and Fire calendars, or almost ANY Tolkien calendar from years past. Now THAT is art worthy of Tolkien's prose.
I am another person who has been buying or getting the Tolkien calendar every year since the early 70's when I first read LOTR. Some of the goofier calendars were not my favorites (I'm sorry, but I never much cared for the Brother's Hildebrandt - too much like a children's fairy tale illustration - but remember the ones with Tolkien's own art!? wow!) but I really, REALLY loved the 2010 calendar with Ted Nasmith's art and the wonderful captions from the books. I eagerly awaited the 2011 calendar. Until I saw it. UGH! Art is in the eye of the beholder, but to this eye, the very LAST images I want to look at for 30 days in a row come from Cor Blok. I find his images interesting from an academic view-point. But as art that I enjoy looking at... forget it. I find the images annoying to look at for any length of time. I can't believe the people who choose the images for the calendar really feel it's what the vast majority of people who read Tolkien want to look at all year long. Imagine all of the people who never read the books, and only saw the movies, but were taken in by the images they saw, and want a calendar reflective of the magic they saw on the screen. Does anybody seriously think these calendars will appeal to those people? After two years in a row, I'd imagine the response will be, "Forget it. I'll never buy a Tolkien calendar." And as the movie fades into their memories, they most likely will not ever be inclined to buy a Tolkien calendar. Even images from the movie would be better than this. I *might* buy such a calendar. I will never buy a calendar with annoying images like this.
Please bring back the artwork of the Brothers Hildebrandt.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting piece of art. I am glad to add it to the calendars I have collected these past 15 or so years.Published 17 months ago by Thingo Baggins.
Needed it to keep collection going, do not much care for the art work. Wish we could get the art they had on the calendars from the mid 70's again. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jones
My son has received a Tolkien Calendar for Christmas for about the last 35 years. He is a REAL Tolkien fan. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Fredericka I. Picucci
Scenes represent the artist's perspective to which viewers might have different reactions. Characters are sometimes not recognizable when one sees the depictions the first time. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Douglas Kline
I am amazed at the backlash against such an amazing artist. I would hope that Tolkien Fans would have more discerning taste than this. Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Chet Gresham
The artwork is simple and unique. While it is not the standard art that accompanies many lord of the rings depictions, it is simple and beautiful. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Christopher J. Anderson
Ew[...] Yuck. Not good. Sad. Bad choice. Barf. Two years in a row? One was bad enough. Need good illustration. Need it now. Get real. Get Ted for 2013.Published on February 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Horrid, absolutely horrid illustrations. This is the second year they have used this so called "artist" to do the illustrations. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Nippojin
Seriously, who was foolish enough to repeat this hideous artists' vision of Middle Earth? As a one shot deal in 2011 it was bad enough, but to repeat this travesty again is... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by William Webb