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Tolkien Calendar 2014, The hobbit Calendar – September 17, 2013

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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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Product Details

  • Calendar: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Wal edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062287354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062287359
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2013
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The official Tolkien calendar for 2014 follows 2013 with illustrations taken from The Hobbit, but with a really magical difference. The illustrations for this calendar are all done by a new, young artist with a fresh vision of the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. Jemima Catlin, who has also provided the illustrations for a forthcoming new edition of The Hobbit, has hearkened back to The Hobbit's origins as a children's story. Her drawings remind me of the illustrations in the books I was most fond of in my childhood, most strongly E.H. Shepard's in The Wind in the Willows and Winnie the Pooh. There are also some echoes of Tolkien's own illustrations in some of Catlin's works here, and in this circumstance there can be no higher praise.

Each month in the calendar has a full color drawing with a smaller one in black and white on the margins of the grid, along with a quote from the corresponding chapter in The Hobbit. Some of the scenes have been depicted by other artists, but Catlin's interpretation always provides something new. January's view of The Hill of Hobbiton, which is clearly influenced by Tolkien's own drawing, includes a wistful Bilbo on his pony sadly looking back at his home as he begins his Unexpected Journey, while September's close up of Smaug's head as he lies on his treasure similarly evokes Tolkien's illustration, with a narrower focus that emphasizes the dragon's menace. October's death of Smaug in Laketown, August's Bilbo riding a barrel, and May's Bilbo awakening in the eagle's eyrie also owe a lot to Tolkien's own drawings. February's trolls and April's dwarves climbing trees to escape the wargs remind me of another childhood favorite, Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are!
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Jemima Catlin's art is a fresh and imaginative take on JRR Tolkien's classic story that will delight those who love the book. The images are in chronological order (there and back again). Uniquely to this calendar, the images fill the top fold of each month plus a third of the lower fold. This gives each month a centerfold feel. None of the months suffer from a misalignment that might have ruined this larger-than-usual presentation. The lower fold of the months also feature two small drawings to go with the main art plus a quote from the Hobbit text as well as the phases of the moon. I would have a hard time singling out any one image as my favorite but the trolls (February), Rivendell elves (March), and Smaug attacking Laketown (October) are very good.
The calendar opens with a short biography of Tolkien (which I would have liked to have been accompanied by a painting of the professor by Catlin) and closes with a full 2015 calendar with six more pen and ink drawings. This calendar is a must for all who cherish the works of Tolkien.
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I purchased this calendar for my mother whom is a big fan of LoTR. Jemima Catlin is a phenomenal artist and each month is just so visually appeasing. I also purchased my mom The Hobbit illustrated by Jemima Catlin. If you enjoy this calendar I definitely recommend buying this version of The Hobbit!
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We've been getting Tolkien calendars since the 70s and this art is a fantastic way to enjoy JRR's work every day. Since the movies came out the "real" calendars have been harder to find, so thank you Amazon! I love the movies but the illustrated calendars bring so much more depth to appreciating the stories. Recommended to any fan, whether or not they have read the books.
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I've bought nearly every Tolkien calendar in this series since the first one, in about 1974--the first two had the same illustrations, by Tolkien himself, with different colored borders. I got a little tired of the recent calendars by the Dutch artist who's been painting Tolkien since Tolkien was alive to appreciate and even acquire a couple of his paintings--but the art, while impressive and I can admire it and understand it (I think) isn't pleasant on my wall like this is. I think I actually like these pictures on my wall better than their recent appearance in the new illustrated Hobbit. But especially in the book, they'll never really replace Tolkien's own illustrations, however much I may like them as a new take on the story. And, in fact, I think I prefer some earlier takes, such as Michael Hague's in the mid-1980s or so. Or look around for some fan alternatives, from organizations like Beyond Bree, or fan artist Jef Murray.
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By K. G on January 9, 2014
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I really enjoy the artwork on this calendar and it makes me happy to see it hanging on my wall every day. The days of the month are a little bit small for writing in but it includes cute holidays like J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday. I love this calendar and will save it after 2014 is through because the art is so fun!
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The illustrations are pleasant enough on this calendar (and are very easy on the eyes after seeing those bizarre Cor Blok calendars) - Jemima Catlin's style is a mixture of old-school picture book illustrating (for children) and meandering nature scenes (with impressionist tendencies). The pictures are large and the margins below the fold include some fun sketches.

Problems?

#1: the number boxes are **very** small. If you're like me and still prefer to WRITE APPOINTMENTS DOWN on your calendar, it will be hard to do that on this one if you have more than one event in a day. Furthermore, the font size for the numbering isn't big enough to spot across the room. To keep my organizing habit happy, I bought a dollar store calendar (which is actually big enough to write in and read at a distance). This Tolkien calendar will, sadly, function more as a poster collection than an information source.

#2: every single image goes below the fold line. Yes, we get a few more inches of image due to this, but at a cost. I have had occasion to cannibalize calendars (frame particularly nice pictures for awhile and treat them like fine art prints), but it will be next to impossible to do that with this one. If you look closely at the perspectives/proportions/color schemes of these pictures, you will find that they don't totally look right without their bottom 6 inches or so.

So yes, the illustrations are decent, but the layout has deep flaws. Perhaps I'm just spoiled - my first Tolkien calendar was the 2005 one, which had a more conventional (and useful!) layout. I will still treasure this 2014 one, but only for decorative purposes.
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