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©2010 Jon Hodgson

Art for The One Ring rpg from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7.

"A company of heroes will often end up travelling across inhospitable or unfamiliar areas on their errands and quests."


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©2010 Jon Hodgson

Mirkwood for The One Ring rpg from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7.

"Trackless and unconquered by the light, the Heart of Mirkwood is the rotten core of the forest. Here the trees have huge, gnarled trunks, their twisted branches are heavy with strands upon strands of ivy and their roots are so tangled that in some places it is impossible to set foot upon the open ground."


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(C)2011 Jon Hodgson. Please do not reproduce without permission.

So this is a very exciting time for me. For the last 2 years or so I've been working on artwork for a new Lord of the Rings role playing game, to be published by Cubicle 7 in partnership with Sophisticated Games.

At last some previews of the artwork are being released, and so I can share this one, which went live on Friday: Dol Guldur, home of The Necromancer in Southern Mirkwood, later revealed as Sauron.

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You can learn more about the game here: [link]
Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their respective licensees.
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©2010 Jon Hodgson

Lake-town for The One Ring rpg from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7.

"Year 2480
Answering commands issued from their master in Dol Guldur, the Orcs begin to spread in the dark places beneath the Misty Mountains. From Mount Gundabad in the north to Moria in the south they secretly strengthen every stronghold, barring all the passes into the lands west of the mountains."


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©2010 Jon Hodgson

A typical Men of the Wilderland dwelling for The One Ring rpg from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7.

"Almost two thousand years ago, a shadow crept from the South and slowly drew all light from the heart of Greenwood the Great to its farthest eaves. People began calling the forest Mirkwood, and learnt
to fear its deepest recesses. In spite of the darkness, many lingered along the forestís borders, fearless sons of Men who defied the menace of the Necromancer in his dreaded abode. These Woodmen have fought the growing darkness for as long as their oldest tellers of tales can remember, and they will continue the fight now that the Shadow has deserted its lair."


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©2010 Jon Hodgson

Rivendell for The One Ring rpg from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7.

Probably one of the hardest images to create as a single image, as well as one of the first. In my mind there are many different views and features that make up Rivendell. It was extremely challenging to put one down as a definitive image. That would also fit the required image dimensions.

ďHidden somewhere ahead of us is the fair valley of Rivendell, where Elrond lives in the Last Homely House.Ē

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©2012 Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd

"By sunset, the company arrives in sight of an ancient belt of mighty oak trees; beyond it rises the high thorny hedge that surrounds Beornís Hall. A tall and wide wooden gate opens in the thorn-hedge to the north, beyond which a wide track leads south towards Beornís house and the surrounding outbuildings."

An illustration from Tales from Wilderland for The One Ring rpg.

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The One Ring, Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their respective licensees.
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This is a painting of Smaug from The Hobbit looking down on the city of Dale.

Edit: This piece was a runner up in the Hobbit Design Contest [link]

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©2010 Jon Hodgson

An elf settlement for The One Ring from Cubicle 7 and Sophisticated Games.

"Silvan Elves are not often seen outside of their woodland kingdom. In their attempt to preserve its beauty, they turned the forestís shadowy canopy and its green glades into a fortified sanctuary, where they struggle to hold the Shadow at bay."

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©2010 Jon Hodgson

Lake-town for The One Ring rpg from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7.

"Since the great days of old, when a powerful realm of Northmen stretched far from the Lonely Mountain, there has been a city upon the Long Lake. Grown out of a small community born along its western shore, the village of Esgaroth became a trading port when families of merchants decided to move there from Dale. They built warehouses, and great residences to live in and closely follow the coming and going of their goods. For many years thereafter the boats of the Lake-men were seen going up and down the river, their holds filled with gold and their decks crowded with warriors in armour,
ready to bring war to distant lands."


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