Lord of the Rings by Cor Blok

Cor Blok painted a series of images illustrating LOTR from 1958-1961. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, his simple style conveys a wealth of narrative and emotional information. Few know that Tolkien did not want LOTR illustrated but he admired Blok’s work and purchased two paintings.

new year, knights, and fortune’s fools

“You and the land are one… drink from the chalice and you will be reborn and the land with you.”   “Ready my knights for battle. They will ride with their king once more. I have lived through others for far too long. Lancelot carried my honor, and Guenevere, my guilt. Mordred bore my sins….

iblis

india ink & pencil

hela

norse goddess of the dead