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:iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Finale - Tokien's Legacy

Welcome to issue #56, the final issue of my fantasy features!

These are now part of a collection in a group created specifically for this project.  If you like this feature, you can find more gorgeous artwork at the group, including some never featured in these articles before.

I hope you enjoy it, and please, show the featured artists some love and recognition through pageviews, :+fav:'s and :+devwatch:'s!  


This week's creature feature is one of the very foundations of fantasy - the world created  created by J.R.R. Tokien, author of The Lord of the Rings.

A bit about the man (with excerpts taken from wikipedia

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, better known as J.R.R. Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor at Oxford.  He was married to Edith Mary Bratt, with whom he had 4 children.  He was best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.  
He was at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis (author of the Chronicles of Narnia among many other things)—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings.  They often discussed each other's work, and C.S. Lewis on several occasions encouraged Tolkien to complete The Lord of the Rings when he became discouraged.

Tolkien served in both World Wars.  In the first, he was a signals officer, but was ill often. Those illnesses that kept him off the battlefield most likely saved his life, as many of his dearest school friends were killed in the war.  In the run-up to World War II, Tolkien was earmarked as a codebreaker.  He was asked whether he would be prepared to serve in the cryptographic department of the Foreign Office in the event of national emergency. He replied in the affirmative and took an instructional course at the London HQ of the Government Code and Cypher School. However, although he was "keen" to become a codebreaker, he was later informed that his services would not be required.  However, his linguistic skills did serve him well as he developed complex languages for the various peoples of his books.  

After his father's death, Tolkien's son Christopher published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion. These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about a fantasy world called Arda, and Middle-earth within it.  His particular vision of Elves and other mythical creatures from all over europe was rather different from most of their original forms, and changed the way they would be viewed in mainstream fantasy of the future.  And Hobbits, which were of course the focus of his most popular tales, were a creation of his all his own, and are actually copyrighted to his estate (which is why in other works they are usually referred to as "Halflings" or something similar).

While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre. This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the "father" of modern fantasy literature—or, more precisely, of high fantasy.  

His works brought new life to the magical world of fantasy and myth.

Here is a sample of some quotes from his works:

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

“Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.”

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

"Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.”

"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost"

Now, for the features!  

The One Ring by Jeff-Destroy Frodo by Kinko-White Bag End by Wictorian-Art
Lord of the Rings ABCs
A is for brave Aragorn whom Arwen did admire
B is for the Balrog and dear Bilbo of the Shire
C is for the courage of the heroes in the story
D for the Dead Marshes, which the hobbitses found gory
E is for Lord Elrond and the Elvish clan he leads
F is for young Frodo and his mighty, noble deeds
G is for ol' Gandalf, little Gimili and (yuck!) Gollum
H is for Helms Deep and the battle at the bottom
I is for Isildur, too bad he kept the ring
J is jubilation at the return of the King
K is for dark Khazad-dum, where orcish evil lies
L is for *sigh* Legolas, what dreamy, crystal eyes
M is for Meriadoc, known as Merry by his friends
N is for the Nazgul, nasty creatures to the end
O is for Osgiliath, the mighty, broken city
P for Peregrin (Pippin) Took's insatiable curiosity
Q is for the quiet way of life back at Bag End
R for peaceful Rivendell and the Rohhirim that Rohan sends
S is for good Samwise, and Shelob whom he slew
        (not to mention Saruma
:thumb25349044: BM: The Valar by Lelia The Hobbit, Thorin and Company by Art-Calavera :thumb124113855: The Two Trees of Valinor by elegaer
Gollum by maenzchen :thumb286847347: True Company by The-Wizard-of-Art :thumb343199567: :thumb268918609: :thumb354424762:
Meriadoc the Magnificent by sandelwood :thumb345452790: Liv Tyler as Arwen custom doll by noeling Middle Earth by Glacierman54
:thumb272123308: :thumb24736958: Witch-King of Angmar by Fugaz-Star Bag End - Shadow of the Past by DonatoArts :thumb310070581: Bill by LaPantera
:thumb349449138: Nazgul in the Bruinen by Gellihana-art Wormwater and Fire... by greensap :thumb169657231: Into the Mirkwood by thalion-art nazgul by dodostad
Sauron The Deceiver by DanikYaroslavTomyn Smaug Attacks Laketown by TobyCarr Moria Gate by ilxwing Glorfindel-vs-the-Balrog by HectorBetancur Lotro: Lothlorien by trueping :thumb342769815:
Galadriel and Celebrian by ebe-kastein :thumb104996943: Celebrian and Her Sons - LotR by OlgaUlanova Farewell to the Fellowship by annoulaki Lord of the Rings - Elrond by Cookai Hobbits 02 by mucun
Royal Duty by wendelin The Road goes ever on and on by Santtisaur :thumb348854419: Theoden by wendelin LOTR: Sam and Bill by foxysquid Return of the King (coloured) by haleyhss
Orcs by Gellihana-art Far over the Misty Mountains by agnidevi Eowyn vs The Nazgul by CarmenSinek Rivendell by Iribel :thumb332443080: night of planning an Adventure by breath-art
:thumb331534270: Cake: The Eye of Sauron by simonsaz3 Elanor by Liliane :thumb99838881: ~Gandalf~ by AdorindiL Anime Hobbits by kheelan
Saruman as Sharkey by Leone-art Samwise vs. Shelob by aljanny :thumb349880738: stream in Rivendell by ilxwing Elrond diorama 1 by ravenoo Gamgee Family by Boudicca-Keltoi
Aragorn Dreams by ponchki Faramir by Pajaga Saruman of many colours by TolmanCotton 'Gollum' by mellisea :thumb375143828: Elven Weapons - Silmarillion by Atohas
Set of Lord of the Rings Nesting Dolls by bachel60 :thumb143515798: OOAK [Aragorn] Repaint Portrait Doll by naraedoll Dwalin by DomEddi Legolas by Dario1crisafulli :thumb329659325:
Eowyn and the nazgul 2 by moonxels Birth of the Mormegil by HorheSoloma :thumb384801491: Frodo Baggins by momofukuu Elfstone by The-Wizard-of-Art
Thorin Oakenshield - Painting by DennyKotian Legolas Greenleaf by TabiiToast :thumb88344293: The lord of the rings Gandald by Barkingmadd Strider by Detkef LOZ LOTR 8 Bit Shirt by Enlightenup23
EOWYN vs THE WITCH KING by nachomolina :thumb174644481: :thumb51643647: Map of Middle Earth by MCnVegas 'Gimli Son Of Gloin' by korstemplar Sam and Frodo by pizdUrRart
The Passing of Thorin Oakenshield by AbePapakhian Orthank by gabiserg2000 Elrond (Rivendell) by SmeaGolllum Moria by goldenrod1034 Merry, Pippin, and Boromir by haleyhss THE LORD OF THE RINGS by S-von-P
Bard of Esgaroth by jefchangcomix Fool of a Took by sorgie Grima by trzecipromien :thumb357960161: Legolas LOTR pencil by push-pulse Legolas portrait by JankaLateckova
Smaug by Allagar :thumb369669739: Sauron redesign by WhiteLeyth Luthien is running away from Doriath by Esmira Gandalf and the Balrog by gonzalokenny Commission - Glorfindel by LiigaKlavina
Sauron: War of the Last Alliance by MattDeMino Feanor with silmaril by steamey Bombadil by BrothersHildebrandt LOTRO: Gollum's Cave by Gorrem Lady of Light by JankaLateckova :thumb378205190:
:thumb167806586: Edge of Mordor by surfdabbler :thumb177293331: :thumb145772117: Arwen by velocitti Saruman The White - Figures of Middle Earth by MattDeMino
Gimli by mistermoster :thumb80432964: Return Of The King poster by sklaera :thumb17608984: Halls of Thranduil . by megatruh :thumb253980475:
LOTR Masterpieces II_1 by DennisBudd Photorealistic Arwen (Liv Tyler) LOTR by push-pulse He came alone, and in bear's shape... by Sceith-A Drachenfest 2012 by Thoro Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold by Justinoaksford Origami Nazgul by Lexar-
twins of star by JaneDoemmmmm :thumb193707816: Going to Isengard by 1oshuart Legolas vs Wargs by akreon :thumb345297608: have returned by icy-maiden
Why do we love LOTR?
Why Do We Love the Lord of the Rings?
Have you ever been rambling on about Frodo and Sam's amazing friendship, or Gandalf's awesome sword-fighting moves, or Aragorn's strong need of shampoo to a non-LOTR friend or relative and suddenly been asked 'For crying out LOUD! What is so great about that story anyway???' and you stop. And think about it. And a rush of words and reasons come flooding into your head all at once and you can't make head or tail out of any, so you end up saying something dumb like, 'I dunno' when really you do know, but it's a feeling you just can't explain. Maybe even a stirring of your heart, that makes you long for the goodness and purity of Middle Earth, the honour and justice, the mercy and truth, the self-sacrifice and faith, perserverance in the midst of tragedy, and, perhaps most of all, good fighting against evil, and winning.
As C.S.Lewis once said; ' If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation i
hobbit or there and back again by Andrei-Pervukhin


"The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone.
Let others follow, if they can!
Let them a journey new begin.
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Thank you so much for viewing, and I hope you never loose that sense of wonder and imagination that keeps our fantasies and myths alive!


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Western Dragons:
Water Nymphs:
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:bulletred: This is an archive group for those artists featured in "Realms of Fantasy and Myth". :bulletred:

Many of them were originally news articles, but since the dissolving of that section of dA, I decided to create this group instead.

Sadly, this group is now inactive, as I am no longer able to maintain it. The artwork will remain here on display, however, and I hope you will take the time to browse through and admire them!

Enjoy, and never lose site of your imagination!


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swmmp Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016
Could you please add me as a member of this group?
devitant Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015   Digital Artist
Your group is amazing. :)

Maybe you are interesseted in my kraken?
Suzuki-Hime Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well thanks for featuring my Mandrake picture~
ladyarah Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to do it ^_^
Arcsh Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for featuring my artwork, i really appreciate it
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