Tolkien Society publications

I’m honoured to have my illustrations featured in and on the most recent publications from the Tolkien Society:
Inside, and on the back cover of, ‘Mallorn’; and the cover of ‘Amon Hen’.

If you’re a Tolkien fan, consider joining too!  :)
https://www.tolkiensociety.org/

Illustrations by Soni Alcorn-Hender featured in the Tolkien Society publications

Gandalf & Frodo

‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.
‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’

From The Fellowship of the Ring (chapter ‘Shadow of the Past’) by JRR Tolkien.

The famous words of comfort and wisdom spoken by Gandalf to Frodo (book version).
Pencil and acrylics on painted paper, 21×30 cms. Gandalf and Frodo, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Gandalf and Frodo, work in progress, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Gandalf and Frodo, work in progress

Treebeard

A tree-herder, or ‘Ent’ inspired by the Big Belly oak of Savernake Forest in Wiltshire, and the excellent walking (and talking) trees from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
Mixed media on A4 200gsm paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, or 8.3 x 11.7 inches.

Prints and shiny things available here.

Treebeard, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Treebeard and Ent sketches, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Treebeard and Ent sketches,

Bag End sketch giveaway!

If you’d like to win this sketch of Bag End check out my Facebook post to see how! :)

Bag End sketch by Soni Alcorn-Hender

And a hasty animation of its work in progress.

Bag End work in progress animation

Radagast the Brown

I did this as an indulgence just because I think Sylvester McCoy has a glorious face, and I loved the idea of framing Radagast with lovely living things.
This is the movie version of Radagast-ish, but without the bird poo etc. because he’s better than that.
Pencils and acrylics on paper, 20x30cms.

Radagast the Brown, Soni Alcorn-Hender

And here’s how he was done. :)

Fëanor and Curufin

Father and son (one of them) with the border design I made especially for Elf portraits
(you can see it being made here.)

Fëanor, with border, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Fëanor whose name meant ‘spirit of fire’.

Curufin son of Fëanor, with border, Soni Alcorn-Hender
“Curufin the crafty … who was of perilous mood.”

Both from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.

Thingol the Elf King

Thingol upon his throne, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Thingol, King of the Grey Elves, from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.

“In Beleriand, King Thingol upon his throne was as the lords of the Maiar whose power is at rest,
whose joy is as an air that they breathe in all their days,
whose thought flows in a tide untroubled from the heights to the deeps.”

Thingol throned in his grand and secret underground kingdom The pillars were said to be sculpted like great beech trees, with golden lamps hung from all their branches.
In the frame, either side of him are symbols based on those for Melian (his wife) and Luthien (his daughter), and above him his doom: the ‘Nauglamir’ necklace with a Silmaril in the middle.

He can also ornament your own underground lair, with pretty printed things from my RedBubble shop here.

Thingol (work in progress) by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Thingol (work in progress)

Thingol (detail) by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Thingol (detail)

 

Eöl the Dark Elf

Eöl the Dark Elf, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Eöl the Dark Elf from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.:

“But Eöl, though stooped by his smithwork, was no Dwarf, but a tall Elf of a high kin of the Teleri, noble though grim of face; and his eyes could see deep into shadows and dark places.”

If you’d like a print of his glowering suspicion, you can find them in all sizes and finishes here.

This glowering gentleman was painted in a different way (for me): sketched entirely in paint, no line drawing at all until the end for details.
An interesting exercise, though riddled with mistakes and horror and doom. :)

Eöl the Dark Elf (detail), by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Eöl (detail)

Curufin

Curufin son of Fëanor coloured sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

20×30 cms, pencils and acrylics.

“Curufin the crafty … who was of perilous mood.”

From JRR Tolkien’s ‎Silmarillion

Sketch of ‪Curufin‬, favourite son of ‎Fëanor‬ (who made the Silmarils and started lots of trouble), and father of Celebrimbor (who made the Elven rings and ended in lots of trouble).
Called ‘the Crafty’ – possibly because he was good with his hands, possibly because he was a devious git.
Also tried to shoot Luthien, twice.
Fëanor had many gifts, apparently parenting wasn’t one of them.

And the un-coloured sketch:

Curufin son of Fëanor sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender