The Tolkien Years of the Brothers Hildebrandt

Greg Hildebrandt, Jr.
Dynamite Entertainment

Pub Date                Oct 16 2012

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  • ISBN9781606903490
  • Price29.99
  • CurrencyUSD
  • EditionPaperback


The million-selling Lord of the Rings calendars created during the ’70s by renowned fantasy artists Greg and Tim Hildebrandt are now considered artistic masterpieces. The Tolkien Years of the Brothers Hildebrandt collects all that fantastic art, while telling the untold story behind the creation of those cherished illustrations.

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the work of two renowned fantasy artists, written through the eyes of their closest family member, Greg Hildebrandt, Jr., The Tolkien Years of the Brothers Hildebrandt provides Tolkien-lovers with a fantastic  treasury of Lord of the Rings art. This updated and expanded edition includes all-new pages with commentary and exclusive material.Includes 8 new pages of never previously printed material EXCLUSIVELY for this edition!

My Review:

This is a beautiful look into the minds of two of the best illustrators the world has ever seen.  Showing how these iconic pictures were made up in minute detail is incredible to read and see.  I loved flicking through the pages of this, seeing the little sketches to the end result.  You can see that some of these drawings have never been seen before, as there is the representation of sticky tape to hold some of the pictures together.  Wonderful stuff.

Being able to draw Tolkien calendars would be the dream of any illustrator but the Brothers Hildebrandt and their series of calendars set the style and feel for most Tolkien imagery.  There is even a decent amount of images in this book that you will see in the film trilogy.

If you are an illustrator or a Tolkien fan, then this book is an essential.  Seeing the hand drawings to final product makes this book entirely worth it.

My Rating:

5 hobbits out of 5