Cor at Return of the Ring in August this year
I mentioned in my blog about The Return of the Ring Event at Loughborough this year that the highlight for me was finally meeting Cor Blok and his wife. I've loved Cor Blok's Tolkien illustrations ever since I first came across them on the internet some years ago. For me, their minimalist style captured the emotional heart of the characters who journey through The Lord of the Rings. I was mesmerised by how much the artist could convey with simple shapes and the barest of details. To my frustration, there seemed to be very few of them - the covers of the first Dutch paperback editions from 1965, a Mumak here and a Witch King there. Since then more and more of them have become known through the efforts of Pieter Collier of the Tolkien Library. The results of all his hard work and research has brought us a book - A Tolkien Tapestry, two Tolkien calendars featuring Cor's illustrations, and now the opportunity to buy some beautifully produced ands signed limited edition art prints. I ordered mine - the wonderful Ents Marching on Isengard - at Loughborough and it arrived last week beautifully wrapped. Pieter has even taken care to reproduce the entire illustration so Cor's original captioning and notes can be seen under the mount. As I've coveted this painting for quite a while (the Holly Ent has red spiky arms and spiky feet!) I can't wait to get it framed and up on my wall. For Blok fans everywhere this is a little bit of bliss.
If you are new to his Tolkien work, you can discover more in this Interview Peter did with Cor Blok in 2010.
You can by Cor Blok prints at the Tolkien Library for €100 (£80) plus p&p. And, if you are feeling flush, you can also buy an original!
Photo © Sue Wookey
Artwork © Cor Blok with thanks to the Tolkien Library