Thranduil in Winter

“But there was in Thranduil’s heart a still deeper shadow. He had seen the horror of Mordor and could not forget it. If ever he looked south its memory dimmed the light of the Sun.”
JRR Tolkien, Unfinished Tales

The Elvenking in Winter (book version)
Acrylics, pure silver leaf, and 22k gold leaf on paper; 21×29 cms.
Prints etc. available here.

Thranduil in Winter, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Work in progress:

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The Lonely Mountain

The Lonely Mountain, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Lonely Mountain

“And then Bilbo saw a sight…”

The Lonely Mountain, from the book ‘The Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien.
This is the second in a series of landscapes inspired by both Britain and Middle-earth – this one based on Buachaille Etive Mòr in the Highlands of Scotland.

Acrylics, pencil, pastel, gouache, tea, dragon scales, and the indignation of surly Dwarves; then a smidge of digital editing including the frame.
A3 / 12×17 inches
Prints available here.

Work in progress and details:

The Old Forest

The Old Forest, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Old Forest

” ‘They do not like all that about ending and failing,’ said Merry. ‘I should not sing any more at present. Wait till we get to the edge, and then we’ll turn and give them a rousing chorus!’ ”
—The Old Forest, Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.

 – I just learned that this will be the cover of the Tolkien Society’s annual publication: the ‘Mallorn’! :)

The first in a series of landscapes inspired by both Britain and Middle-earth – this one based on the forest of Padley Gorge in Derbyshire. Though I think the trees there are less likely to eat you.

Acrylics, pencil, pastel, gouache, tea, cat hair, and the withered deathless malicious and malignant soul of a really evil tree – on paper (also made from trees, maybe evil), and then some digital colouring and fannying about.
A3 / 12×17 inches
Prints available here.

Work in progress and details:

 

The Black Rider

‘…You won’t go far. They will come on you in the wild, in some dark place where there is no help. Do you wish them to find you? They are terrible!’ “

(Aragorn to the Hobbits at Bree) Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien.

Black Rider, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Work in progress, showing also the five early draughts I did for this painting. They’re numbered so I could hold a vote to ask followers on Facebook which sketch they wanted to see made into a painting, and #2 won.

This finished painting will (omg eventually) be part of a big art giveaway contest on Facebook, please keep an eye on my page for details.

Rohan sketch

A test drawing for a #Rohan painting idea to get a feel for the landscape. I wanted to do a golden landscape under a cold, blue sky, (got the idea from living in Scotland) because even the grassiest places aren’t green all the time – however, my go-to Tolkien expert siad Rohan must be green; so this is as far as this version will ever get. I still like it though. :)

Rohan landscape sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Rohan landscape sketch

Fëanor, spirit of Fire

Fëanor with Silmarils, sword, and blacksmith hammer, illustration by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Brought to life with a little animated light and the influences of creation and destruction.

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, inspired by the 'Big Belly' oak of Savernake forest, painting by Soni Alcorn-Hender
Treebeard
Treebeard and Ent sketches, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Treebeard and Ent sketches,

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.