'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball


Tolkien Paintings

All paintings below are available as a limited edition giclee print using lightfast inks on heavyweight archival 100% cotton Hahnemuhler fine-art paper. Each print is signed by the artist. They can be ordered by emailing me at suewookey.artist@gmail.com.

All paintings are the copyright of Sue Wookey/Galley Hill Art and can only be used by permission.

Gandalf the White illustrates a passage in The Two Towers which comes after Gandalf returns to Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli in Fangorn. Gandalf has been talking about the Ents and Legolas asks what they will do:
'I do not think they know themselves. I wonder.' He fell silent, his head bowed in thought. The others looked at him. A gleam of sun through fleeting clouds fell on his hands, which lay now upturned on his lap: they seemed to be filled with light as a cup is with water. At last he looked up and gazed straight at the sun.'

Goldberry, the River Woman's Daughter when first seen by Tom Bombadil in the Withywindle. Taken from 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil'.

Tom Looks Through the Ring. Tom Bombadil can hold the One Ring, with no effect on him at all. This is the moment when the Hobbit's are startled to see his bright blue eye looking at them through the centre of the Ring itself.

Telperions' Children is inspired by the story of Telperion, one of the Two Trees of Valinor, and of the many white trees that followed it through the long history of Middle-earth to the White Tree of Gondor.

Fimbrethil. This is my depiction of Treebeard's missing Ent Wife,tending her garden just as he describes her - bent over, with hair parched to the colour of corn and cheeks like red apples. The quotation at the bottom of the painting reads:
When honey spills, and apple swells, though wind be in the west,
I'll linger here beneath the Sun because my land is best!

Gollum. This painting shows Gollum reflected in the Ring as he reaches to touch it and the Ring reflected back in Gollum's eyes. The Eye of Sauron watches, concealed within the Ring's circle.

Old Man Willow singing to the Hobbits about 'water and sleep'. I have given my Old Man Willow a 'face' made from the natural broken branches and cracks you find in very old trees. If you look carefully, most old trees have their own faces somewhere!

Treebeard is one of Tolkien's most loved characters, an Ent or 'tree shepherd' encountered by Merry and Pippin in Fangorn Forest. I've chosen to paint the moment he spots the two Hobbits on the knoll and overhears their conversation. The quotation at the bottom of the painting reads:

'Almost felt like you liked the forest! That's good! That's uncommonly kind of you!'

All paintings © Sue Wookey