Reviews | Written by Ed Fortune 04/11/2020



Though many of us consider the year of 2020 to have gone on for way too long, it is finally coming to an end. Not only does that mean that Christmas is coming, it also means that all the preparations for the New Year must begin. And of course that means buying a new calendar. If you’re a fantasy fan, a reliable source of gorgeous art is the Tolkien Calendar, which never fails to feature stunning art.

2020 also saw the 40th anniversary of Unfinished Tales, the Middle Earth book published year’s after JRR Tolkien’s death that compiles fragments of Tolkien’s lore into a series of short stories. So the Tolkien Calendar 2021 celebrates this anniversary with 12 stunning paintings inspired by the book.

The artists are the usual suspects; Ted Nasmith, John Howe, and Alan Lee, which means we have a mix of fantasy diorama and character art. When most of us think of Middle Earth we think of tall mountains and lush vistas, and this calendar does not disappoint. Each piece strikes the balance between both being visually interesting but also the sort of thing you can look at for a month or more.

Quotes from Tolkien’s work provide context for each image and each month presents yet another epic image. The calendar is well presented and robust. Even though some of the pictures depict some of the more obscure scenes from Tolkien’s writing, each and every picture is work of art.

The Tolkien Calendar is an annual necessity for some; for those of us who love fantasy and are looking forward to 2020 ending, this is a great choice of wall decoration.

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