The Journal of Mythic Arts

I love stumbling on things that seem like they were tailor made for my particular interests. Things like this: The Journal of Mythic Arts.

It’s not publishing new content anymore but the material they have will stay there so people like me can read through it at their leisure. And there are some very interesting articles on the site.

There’s a nonfiction section, that has articles like “Baba Yaga in Film” and “A Rune with a View“.

There’s a poetry section, that has poems from Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman.

There’s an art and mixed media section (oh joy!), with articles such as “On Pre-Raphaelites, Then and Now” and “From Fairy Tales to Fantasia: The Art of Kay Nielsen” (all with lots of lovely examples).

And perhaps most dangerously of all there are several reading lists provided, one for mythic fiction and one for fairy tale fiction. Each article also has a further reading list at the end (like I don’t have enough to read already!).

I see many happy days ahead, poring over the articles on this website.

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Russian Medievalist Tolkien

Another art post! I love finding stuff like this. One of the Russian versions of Lord of the Rings was illustrated by Sergey Yuhimov (or Sergei Iukhimov). Looking more like something I studied in my Art History classes in college, I would love to see an English version with these illustrations.

Gandalf arriving at Hobbiton

Gandalf arriving at Hobbiton

Bilbo and Frodo's Birthday- A Long Expected Party

Bilbo and Frodo’s Birthday- A Long Expected Party

Frodo and Sam meeting the Elves on their way to Rivendell

Frodo and Sam meeting the Elves on their way to Rivendell

Frodo rescuing his friends in the barrow

Frodo rescuing his friends in the barrow

Sam and Frodo meeting Aragorn at the Prancing Pony

Sam and Frodo meeting Aragorn at the Prancing Pony

The Council of Elrond (I think?)

The Council of Elrond (I think?)

The Bridge of Khazad-dum

The Bridge of Khazad-dum

Caras Galadhon, home to  Celeborn and Galadriel

Caras Galadhon, home to Celeborn and Galadriel

The Argonath

The Argonath

The death of Boromir

The death of Boromir

Frodo, Sam and Gollum in the Dead Marshes

Frodo, Sam and Gollum in the Dead Marshes

Gandalf and the healing of Theoden (Eowyn in the back!)

Gandalf and the healing of Theoden (Eowyn in the back!)

Merry and Pippin at Treebeard's House

Merry and Pippin at Treebeard’s House

Frodo, Sam and Gollum in Ithilien

Frodo, Sam and Gollum in Ithilien

The Ents destroy Isengard

The Ents destroy Isengard

The Siege of Gondor and Grond

The Siege of Gondor and Grond

"I am no man!"

“I am no man!”

Frodo and Sam enter Mordor

Frodo and Sam enter Mordor

The Healing Houses of Gondor

The Healing Houses of Gondor

 

"Here, at the end of all things..." *sniff*

“Here, at the end of all things…”
*sniff*

The crowning of Aragorn

The crowning of Aragorn

Oh man. There are so many more pictures I would have liked to add. Be sure to visit this blog, this article, and this page (in Russian, but all you really need to do is look at the pictures right?) for even more of Yuhimov’s Lord of the Rings illustrations.

The Beauty of the Illustrated Word

It’s no secret that I love beautiful art and, especially, beautiful book illustrations. I’m a fan of Susan Cooper on Facebook (the author of the fantastic The Dark is Rising sequence) and she occasionally posts information about new editions of the books. A few months ago, new editions from the Folio Society caught my eye. Once I went to the website to explore their other offerings I was quickly sucked into the beauty of their editions.

In their own words, The Folio Society believes that “great books should be outstanding not only in literary content but also in their physical form: this has been the philosophy of The Folio Society since it was founded in 1947 by Charles Ede, with a dream of publishing beautiful books that would be affordable to everyone.” At $40 plus for most of the books, these editions are, unfortunately, out of my purchasing range. I encourage you to visit the website and drool over the books though. And if you’re in a generous mood, let me know! I will send my wishlist to you immediately.

Some highlights from the books (click on the picture for more info on the book and more pictures):

HisDarkMaterials

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman;
Illustrations by Peter Bailey

HitchhikersGuide

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams;
Illustrations by Jonathan Burton

ArabianNights

The Arabian Nights;
Illustrations by Edward J. Detmold

BackNorthWind

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald;
Illustrations by Maria L. Kirk

NarniaBynes

From The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis;
Illustrations by Pauline Baynes

DarkisRising

From The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper;
Illustrations by Laura Carlin

Pinocchio

Pinocchio translated by Mary Alice Murray;
Illustrations by Grahame Baker-Smith

OliveFairyBook

From The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang;
Illustrations by Kate Baylay

MerlinOnceFutureKing

The Once and Future King by T. H. White;
Illustrations by John Lawrence

PerraultsFairyBook

From Perrault’s Fairy Tales;
Illustrations by Edmund Dulac

LOTREowynills

From The Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien;
Illustrations by Ingahild Grathmer

HobbitSmaug

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien;
Illustrations by Eric Fraser

Yikes. Maybe I went overboard a little bit. But so many beautiful illustrations! Oh and in light of that last one have y’all seen the new Hobbit trailer yet?

Dali in Wonderland

Wow, guys. Wow.

Salvador Dali’s a bit of a favorite of mine. All surrealists are, actually. There is something about the strangeness and the dream-like quality of surrealism that has always appealed to me and that somehow seems to go hand in hand with so much of fairy tales and fantasy. My jaw dropped when I ran across this:

DowntheRabbitHole

That is called “Down the Rabbit Hole” and was made by Dali for an illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Advice From A Caterpillar

Advice From A Caterpillar

Published in 1969 for a publisher’s book of the month, this is one powerful combination.

Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party

I would love to get my hands on a copy! Unfortunately, it’s pretty rare and the few available copies are well out of my price range.

The Queen's Croquet Ground

The Queen’s Croquet Ground

To see more of this collaboration, check out the original article. They have the entire collection of illustrations there so it’s worth visiting!

Stained Glass

Stained glass has a very beautiful history. Originally used in churches to help the illiterate masses understand what their priests were telling them in Latin, churches continue to have the best examples of what can be done in the medium (my church has some gorgeous stained glass windows which I am as proud of as if I had made them myself). The rise of the Art Deco movement pushed stained glass into the mainstream and there are some beautiful old homes in my city that have fine examples of stained glass from that time period. I love to look at stained glass, whether it is just pieces of colored glass in a window or an actual picture.

So imagine my delight in discovering a series of artwork by Jian Guo that depicts scenes from The Lord of the Rings as stained glass windows. Like the original article says, I’m not entirely sure these could be made into real windows, but they are still absolutely lovely.

Birthday Party of Baggins

Rest in Gildor’s Forest

 

Be sure to visit the artist’s website to see more scenes, including Moria and Lothlorien.

Looking at these illustrations also made me think of the opening to the best Disney movie ever. I refer, of course, to Beauty and the Beast.

Eyvind Earle

I had never heard of Eyvind Earle until a few days ago when I saw this blog post by eMORFES (and you should be following that blog if you aren’t already; they find the most beautiful and interesting art I’ve ever seen).

Earle was a prolific artist and lived from 1916 to 2000. He illustrated books, designed magazine covers and worked in animation, both on his own and with Disney (including Sleeping Beauty). He had a fascinating life and you can read about it on his official website here.

Autumn Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Forest

Gothic Figures In Blue

Gothic Forest

Medieval Promenade

Blue Garden

Seven White Horses

Bonsai

San Luis Obispo

Three Noble Horses

Beautiful, aren’t they? See lots more of his oil paintings, sketches, and sculptures on his official website.