Since my new Tolkien's Middle-earth community has officially been launched, I thought I'd celebrate by creating this list of artwork inspired by Tolkien's stories. The artists vary both in style and in aesthetic, but all of them are passionate about Tolkien's work and this is evident in their art. I hope you enjoy...
Alan Lee has proven himself to be the premier artist when it comes to Tolkien-inspired art. Whether creating images that reflect both his and Tolkien's love of nature or whether evoking the chaos of battle or the horrors of evil, Lee manages to create some of the most visually stunning and memorable depictions of Middle-earth.
Ted Nasmith is one of the most respected and most underrated artists of Tolkien-inspired artwork. His use of bright, vibrant colors and his realistic images of nature intermingling with the inhabitants of Middle-earth are wonderfully serene.
John Howe has been creating paintings of medieval knights and dragons for quite a while now, but his most iconic works are those which were inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Combining dynamic scenes of action with intense colors and a unique flair for the dramatic, Howe has produced paintings of Middle-earth that have the visceral intensity of a movie scene.
Roger Garland is another amazing artist whose works have not received the recognition that they deserve. Garland's vision of Middle-earth is both realistic and highly stylized. His images incorporate a love for nature with a knowledge of Tolkien's writing, and he imbues it all with a sense of wonder.
Michael Hague is best known as an illustrator of children's books and while he has produced a great deal of high quality artwork, my favorite images he's done are those created for an illustrated edition of The Hobbit. Hague's pictures have a tenderness about them that reminds us of youthful innocence and curiosity, but he also understands the importance of appealing to adult Tolkien fans.