Illustrations From The Silmarillion By Aaron Diaz

The Silmarillion succeeded in simultaneously being the back story every Tolkien/Lord of the Rings fan had been waiting for and too much for many of them to handle, but whether you made it through the book or not chances are you’re familiar with scenes from the book which have been brought to life by various artists over the years.

Illustrators such as Ian Miller and Ted Nasmith have tried their hand at stylistic adaptations, and now the artist behind the Dresden Codak series Aaron Diaz has rendered scenes from the Silmarillion in his signature style.

Diaz's interpretations have a playful, animated energy about them, and each race is captured in their own distinct style. Now all we need is for Aaron to create character designs for an animated version of the Silmarillion directed by Ralph Bakshi and my geek dreams will come true!

Via Nerd Approved

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I've read the Silmarillon two or three times, and every time the appendix of names had to be perma-bookmarked. Beren and Lúthien make the book worth the sloggy bits.
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The magic in the Silmarillon is that it's not a clean cut story but what looks like tids and bits from ancient times, a mix of lore and oral tradition.
Hard to read indeed but after you enjoy even more reading the Hobbit and LoR ;)
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The Silmarillion was such a hard book to read - much, much denser than the LOTR trilogy. I couldn't finish it - but Aaron Diaz's artwork make me want to revisit the book. Bravo!
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