Fantasy Art – Lord of the Rings

Gollum - The Hildebrandt BrothersPeter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies gave a huge push to the popularity of Fantasy Art. Tolkien’s trilogy in any of its incarnations contributed heavily to the Genre of Fantasy Art.

The modern version of Fantasy Art comes from comics and in literature. Fantasy literature comes from authors such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. Tolkien had written his book “The Hobbit” around 1930 and in the subsequent years he wrote the trilogy. This culminated in the 60’s when his work in its entirety was widely read. The artists that did the early book covers became the forerunners of what is known as Fantasy Art. Contrary to what they may say, you can tell a book by its cover, at least if it is a Fantasy novel.

The art that was generated by the Peter Jackson film trilogy took fantasy art to a whole different level. The sets and art direction for the films was unprecedented in its beauty and impact on audiences. It is very difficult to find specific information about the artists that contributed to the film’s production and much of the info available simply references Peter Jackson. It probably took teams of artists to develop the art that made the look of the Trilogy films.

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