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
Seven days done and now it's time for a batch of amazing Tolkien art. Yes, good reader, it's that time again: Fridays at the Mathom-house. This week we'll be showcasing the art of Anke Eissmann, who's website has an awesome section dedicated to her Tolkien art. Anke's art caught my eye because of her use of traditional mediums like watercolor and pen-and-ink, instead of the digital art you see everywhere nowadays. In fact, her watercolor paintings remind a lot of Tolkien's own watercolors. So, limber up your scroller-finger and sit back to enjoy some great Hobbit art:
This rendition of Thorin is one of my favorites . . . it really captures the secretive nature of the dwarf.
The rest of these images come from the Lord of the Rings . . . but these watercolors are so good I couldn't resist putting them in. Notice all the little details in the painting of Gandalf below . . . the White Tree of Gondor and the Star of Feanor (at least, I think that's what it is). Like I mentioned above, these watercolors are really reminiscent of Tolkien's own paintings . . . and also of Alan Lee's work, but at the same time the subject matter is fresh enough that they don't seem derivative.
Gandalf in the archives of Minas Tirith
Escaping from the Black Riders