This was the second of the two cards I produced for Fantasy Flight Games Lord of the Rings living card games. It depicts a dry river bed in the heart of Mirkwood forest, a location more prominent in the Hobbit than the Lord of Rings. It’s part of the encounter set titled ‘Return to Mirkwood’ if there are any LOTR card gamers interested.
It’s quite something being able to illustrate scenes from Middle-Earth. I would happily paint from Tolkiens stories all day if I could! I have always loved the way Tolkien described the scenery of Middle-Earth It has become very vivid in my minds eye, which makes it quite easy to depict from my point of view.
Click on the card to see the actual artwork at a slight better viewing size.
Quite recently I was very lucky to get the opportunity to paint a few cards for the Fantasy Flight Games’s The Lord of the Rings; the card game. As I’ve always had an interest in the books of J. R. R. Tolkien I was more than happy to do so!
Since this card ‘The Highlands’ is in publication I’ve added a smaller copy of the original image to my gallery, which you can view right here on my blog.
The scene depicts a daunting view of the Emyn Muil and is appropriately part of the encounter set – The hills of Emyn Muil (available from Fantasy Flight Games).
The lord of the rings is a special trilogy for me, I first read it when I was around elven/twelve years old. Unfortunately I am not a fan of the Peter Jackson films but that does not diminish my love of the works of other artists who have interprited Tolkien themselves.