“Among those of his servants that have names the greatest was that spirit whom the Eldar called Sauron, or Gorthaur the Cruel. In his beginning he was of the Maiar of Aule, and he remained mighty in the lore of that people. In all the deeds of Melkor the Morgoth upon Arda, in his vast works and in the deceits of his cunning, Sauron had a part, and was only less evil than his master in that for long he served another and not himself. But in after years he rose like a shadow of Morgoth and a ghost of his malice, and walked behind him on the same ruinous path down into the Void.” - The Silmarillion
Paintings by John Howe
"Not far from the mouth of the Forest River was the strange town he heard the elves speak of in the king’s cellars. It was not built on the shore, though there were a few huts and buildings there, but right out on the surface of the lake, protected from the swirl of the entering river by a promontory of rock which formed a calm bay. A great bridge made of wood ran out to where on huge piles made of forest trees was built a busy wooden town, not a town of elves but of Men, who still dared to dwell here under the shadow of the distant dragon-mountain." - The Hobbit - A warm welcome - JRR Tolkien
Top illustration by Alan Lee
Caudimordax and Egidio by Alan Lee.
Sketch of Moria Architecture by Alan Lee
"Full on the town he fell. His last throes splintered it to sparks and gledes. The lake roared in. A vast steam leaped up, white in the sudden dark under the moon. There was a hiss, a gushing whirl, and then silence. And that was the end of Smaug and Esgaroth,…" The Hobbit - Fire and Water - JRR Tolkien
"Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” - Neil Gaiman
llustrations by Alan Lee
Illustrations by John Howe for The Lord of the Rings
Schweizer Premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug featuring John Howe, Aidan Turner, Sylvester McCoy and Dean O’Gorman.