A short list of Tolkien inspired/related books, which I recommend in my Tolkien art lectures. Not all of these are directly related to The Lord of the Rings, but feature artists closely associated with the work.

For example, Alan Lee, who is widely regarded as among the greatest of all Tolkien illustrators, has very few works in print. So, I’ve included some of his other books which I hope you will enjoy.

I’ve been asked to repeat this lecture at future appearances, so I will let you know when and where.


J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator
by Christina Scull, Wayne G. Hammond
J.R.R. Tolkien
Mariner Books; 1st Houghton Mifflin

Tolkien’s World : Paintings of Middle-Earth by J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien (Author)
Inger Edelfeldt, Tony Galuidi, Roger Garland, Robert Goldsmith, Michael Hague, Alan Lee, John Howe, Ted Nasmith, Carol Emery Phenix
MJF Books

Realms of Tolkien – Images of Middle-Earth
HarperCollins Publishers

Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, the Tolkien Years


John Howe Fantasy Art Workshop

The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Art of The Lord of the Rings
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Myth and Magic: The Art of John Howe
HarperCollins UK

The Mabinogion
Lady Charlotte Guest
Illustrated by Allan Lee
Harper Collins

Brian Froud and Alan Lee
Harry N. Abrams

Alan Lee, David Day

Recommended websites of noted Tolkien illustrators. Not all are official websites. Kay Nielsen was not a Tolkien illustrator, but his work was a great influence on J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. The art there is in the public domain.

There are, of course, many other artists who have illustrated The Lord of the Rings who I have not listed here. This list covers those artists mentioned in my lecture.

Also, a number of Tolkien artist websites, including those of Darrell Sweet and Rowena Morrill, don’t feature many (if any) Tolkien works, so referring you to them would be beside the point. There are some unofficial sites out there which have their paintings, but I will only link directly to artist websites for the purposes of this discussion.

I’m an admirer of both artists, and Sweet in particular was a huge influence on me. As a kid, I loved his work on the adaptation of Howard Pyle’s King Arthur for Reader’s Digest. Absolutely charming!

There has not been a new collection of Tolkien art in some years. Long overdue, in my humble opinion. Of course, any collection would be contingent on the wishes of the Tolkien estate, and we have to respect that.

Gallery with over 70 drawings and paintings on permanent display by artist Roger Garland

Paintings and illustrations by Jeff Murray

Renowned Tolkien artist and scholar Ted Nasmith

http://www.peterpracownik.com Peter Pacownik artist for Tolkien related projects in Switzerland, as well as a Tolkien themed Tarot deck (link removed infected site.)

Michael Kaluta website featuring extensive galleries including Tolkien calendar art

Top ranked realist Donato Giancola. Extensive galleries

Kinuko Craft, Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Winner

Ian Miller. Featuring extensive galleries and store

The cover art of Pauline Baynes

Renowned Tolkien artist and conceptual illustrator John Howe. Extensive galleries and blog

10 Time Hugo Award winning illustrator Michael Whelan

Gallery of the art of Kay Nielsen

Illustrator Michael Hague

Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, two of the most popular Tolkien illustrators

Colleen Doran. Licensing and merchandising artist. Cartoonist.

I’m totally plugging me.

My “Hobbit Feet” signed by Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Billy Boyd. Kinda neat.