Illuminating the light of the Two Trees
Written by an Oxford don, scribed by a German monk?
The good people at Tor.com have pointed to an interview conducted in 2009 with German artist Benjamin Harff by the Tolkien Library. Harff, as his graduation piece from the Academy of Arts and Design in Hennef, illustrated J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion with calligraphy and images in the manner of a medieval illuminated manuscript.
Sample pages from the illuminated Silmarillion
Harff spent about a year in preparing sketches, researching and creating the proper calligraphic style, and seeking help from a professional bookbinder to put it between goat-leather covers.
Only a single copy exists, as Mr. Harff had limited funds as an art student. Future Tolkien projects will rely on him receiving commissions or a publishing contract. We can but hope!
Lanthir Lamath, the “Waterfall of Echoing Voices”, by Benjamin Harff