Fridays at the Mathom-House: Joona Kujanen

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 

A little late, but always better than never, it's Friday (almost) at the Mathom-House. Luckily, Blogger let's me set the date and time automatically, so I can cheat and still make this a Friday post.

This week we're be featuring the artwork of Joona Kujanen, better known as  Tulikoura, who maintains a great gallery of his work at The artist has a great sub-gallery dedicated to some fantastic LOTR and Hobbit images.

Just like the artist we featured last week, Tulikoura's work caught my eye for its use of traditional mediums instead of the ever-more-common digital stuff we're seeing all over online. Some of of these images look like the lithographic prints you'd find in an old Dicken's novel or something . . . really good stuff. So, get ready to enjoy a whole lot of good art right after the break:

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

The Dragon is Coming

Beorn finds Thorin

Misty Mountains Reached

Upper Armories of the Deep

They have Taken the Bridge

Last Moments

In the Chamber of Mazarbul

Battle of Fornost

Battle for Moria

War of the Dwarves and Orcs

Battle of Nanduhirion


  1. I love this artist's work. It really shows the saga of the dwarves in the most realistically gritty way.

    1. Agreed. There's some great stories about the dwarves in the Silmarillion and the Appendices of LOTR, but not many people have read them . . . let alone created art about them. A pity, really.

  2. I think the use of space in Kujanen's illustrations here is very interesting. Not only does it make the figures seem remote (and therefore a bit more romantic), but also from the artist's perspective, there's a lot of detail in a lot of the space. It draws the eye along, and makes the figures almost secondary, suggesting the stone and sky are far more eternal than the tragic battles occurring...

    OK, I've gone a little overly poetic, but still... :)

    1. Agreed (about the pictures, I mean . . . you can wax poetical if you want). There is something very classical about this artist that I quite like.