The Mathom-house it was called; for anything that Hobbits had no immediate use for, but were unwilling to throw away, they called a ‘mathom’.
–The Fellowship of the Ring; Prologue
After too long a break, it's Mathom-time again! Friday is here, freedom is near . . . and I've stumbled upon what might just be my favorite Tolkien artist of all time. Here for your enjoyment is the fantastic work of Justin Gerard. He maintains several great websites, all of which can be found through the previous link; but, his blog is a particular treat, since the artist goes into detail explaining the process behind his artwork. Enjoy:
And there is something decidedly silly about the villains Justin draws, from the droopy-lipped trolls, to the ragged wargs and the spear-nosed goblins, yet they still have an air of menace and evil about them, which is exactly how Tolkien depicts them in the book.
In short, looking at Justin's artwork does two things: first, it really makes me wish I'd spent more time drawing as a kid; second, it takes me back to that lazy summer when I was eight and my friend had let me borrow a copy of The Hobbit and I would hide in my room (I was supposed to be doing chores) and read for hours.
This is good stuff.
A Map of the Mountain
Bilbo and the Trolls
The Great Goblin
Riddles in the Dark
The Battle of Five Armies
Now, these last three aren't from The Hobbit, technically, but they were so good I couldn't resist including them:
The Blood of Numenor
Shade of Dunharrow