How an artist helped put Middle Earth on the big screen

How an artist helped create The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films

One of John's most iconic paintings of a Ring Wraith returning to Sauron's tower

In 1976, John Howe first found out he could get paid for his Lord of the Rings illustrations. In his teens at the time, he'd picked up a JRR Tolkien's LotR calendar illustrated by The Brothers Hildebrandt. Like the Hobbits in Tolkien's epic stories, he was about to embark on a great journey.

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