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Old 06-16-2006, 01:55 AM   #1
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Tolkien In Memoriam

Sadly, names long familiar to Tolkien fans pass on to the West. Last year, Karen Wynn Fonstad died; now I have just read that Tim Hildebrandt, artist and illustrator (often together with his brother Greg) passed away on June 11. My source for this information is the Tolkien Gateway; a memorial page can be found here.

Certainly not all of us (including myself) approve wholeheartedly with all of the Hildebrandt brothers' Tolkien images; however, they have been instrumental in visualizing persons, places and events of Middle-earth especially for calendars. For this we owe him our respect and honor his memory.

Thank you, Tim Hildebrandt!
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Old 06-16-2006, 02:44 AM   #2
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I am sorry to hear this. It is amazing how much alike the brothers looked. You can see this if you click on the memorial page.

The Hildebrandt's vision of Tolkien was not my own, but I can appreciate the passion that drove the brothers to create and their obvious concern for each other.
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Old 06-16-2006, 02:50 AM   #3
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It is amazing how much alike the brothers looked. You can see this if you click on the memorial page.
Yes, I was surprised to read that they were twins - identical, from the looks of their childhood pictures on that memorial page. That could account for their closeness and collaboration.
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:17 AM   #4
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That is sad. I've enjoyed their works when I discovered them a couple of years ago. I have the book Greg and Tim Hildebrandt: The Tolkien Years written by Greg's son Gregory Jr.

The book is a fun look into not only the brother's art and thought process but also a look into living as a child with them. I would not have minded being one of their children! Family and friends alike were part of the creative process and the partying afterwards!

My heartfelt condolences to them.
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I think the Hildebrandt brothers were some of the very first to help popularise Middle earth with their interpretations of Tolkien's world and characters--and they did so with integrity and dedication. I'm saddened to learn that Tim passed away, and particularly at such a relatively young age.

Like Child and Estelyn, my 'vision' of Middle earth was not like that of the brothers. Yet, yet . . . .

Once I saw the postcard of 'Gandalf' which Tolkien found on his Swiss mountain hiking vacation, I gained a better appreciation of how the Hildebrandt brothers saw in Middle earth.

Edit: Last year also saw the death of Tolkien's biographer, Humphrey Carpenter. The passing of the first generation of Tolkien fans?
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Last year also saw the death of Tolkien's biographer, Humphrey Carpenter. The passing of the first generation of Tolkien fans?
Really?! His book is what led me to the Hildebrandts.

My two favorites are Goldberry and The Unexpected Party. Both are very homey, welcoming places to be even if Bilbo is a bit overwhelmed. Ironically enough, I don't like Rivendell-the last homely house because that is so not elvish, Keebler elfish maybe.
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I remember when i was young and playing Magic: The Gathering that i first heard of the Hildebrant's as artists, i liked there drawings in the cards and loved it when i found out they also drew pictures out of Tolkiens works.
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