Over the last several months I have received many e-mails asking about posters depicting Tolkien’s Middle Earth. I was unaware of any posters other than the ones that are now under the Christmas gifts section.
About a month ago while delving into Amazon’s inventory I came across an item called The Silmarillion Poster Collection. You had to special order it and Amazon said it would take 4 – 6 weeks for it to arrive. I decided to purchase it and take my chances. The worse thing that could happen was I would be out $30 and stuck with some crappy pictures. The one encouraging factor was that Ted Nasmith was the artist, it couldn’t be that bad.
I knew within a week when the set would be arriving so each day I would rush home from work and check the mail. Nothing. I eventually gave up hope after week 4, but finally they arrived. The package was larger than I expected. I eagerly opened it up and was greeted with a beautiful portfolio saying that the collection contained 6 posters by Ted Nasmith.
I carefully opened the portfolio and looked at what had been included. There is a description of The Silmarillion, a small Tolkien biography and a small Ted Nasmith biography. But that wasn’t what caught my attention. Peaking out from behind the slip cover was the top picture, one of my favorites, The Ships of the Faithful. I have not yet seen a bad picture of this scene. The last is another great Nasmith work, Maglor Casts a Silmaril into the Sea. Each poster is large enough to frame and they all came on heavy card stock.
There are several things I do not like about the poster collection, but they are only minor gripes. I wanted to see a couple more pictures. My favorites by Nasmith were not included, The Eagles of Manwe and Earendil the Mariner. The other only minor complaint is that it did take the 6 weeks to arrive. When I opened up the collection; I found it had come from England. Those were the only two minor complains I had with this collection.
For those of you who wanted some fine Tolkien art to adorn your walls this is the place to start. I will be framing these and putting them on my walls.