Myth and Magic: The Art of John Howe
Artists the world over have attempted to capture the essence of Tolkien’s Middle-earth: the passion and heroism of the characters, the heart-stopping drama of the action, the mythic grandeur of Middle-earth itself, but few have succeeded. Pre-eminent among those who have is John Howe. Now, for the first time ever, a portfolio of more than 250 of his paintings and sketches...more
And as I contributed text to this volume, in a sense I am cheating and giving myself a five star review. But anyone who reads only the text I wrote and does not linger far longer on John Howe's art has missed the whole point of this book. Skip the part I ...more
This is an amazing book which I am glad has carried on the tradition that Paper Tiger started all those years ago. The book is generously illustrated with many of John Howe's works although they are predominantly based on the worlds and works of Tolkien many of which are now famously linked to his work have become in many cases (Gandalf) synonymously the de facto image everyone knows.
However to say that Mr Howe is a Tolkien i ...more
I heard of John Howe, as well as Alan Lee, thanks to The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. There is also a Myth & Magic poster collection too; which features I believe 8 poster-sized images from the book.
There is a vast array of varrying material included here. Tolkien, however, receives three se ...more
Fantastic artwork and descriptions by John Howe.
I wasn't aware of The History of Middle-earth series.
“ I love dragons for the incredible pictorial possibilities they offer. It's hard to imagine another family of mythical creatures so multifarious.” (p48)
“I've always loved Arthurian legend; no other myth cycle covers a millennium of history, from the Mabinogion to Mallory, from the Celtic precursor of Arthur to the ulti ...more
Without knowing the artist, my first exposure to John Howe was the 1991 J.R.R. Tolkien calendar, which I loved. At the time, as a 13/14 year old, I was valiantly trying (and failing) to read the Lord of the Rings and, in all honesty, I much preferred just looking at Howe's artwork than slogging through Tolkien's torturous prose.
Frustratingly, there isn't mu ...more
He is best known for his work based on J. R. R. Tolkien's worlds. Howe and Tolkien artist Alan Lee served as chief conceptual designers for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings ...more