Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Queen of Denmark and the Hobbit

I'm reading: The Queen of Denmark and the HobbitTweet this!

Queen Margerthe II of Denmark illustrates and paints under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer, and her woodcut style art was used to illustrate some editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
I think they are excellent depictions that inspire the imagination instead of replacing it.
And they place the story in a realm of myth and Dark Age lost history that makes it seem even more alive. They were used in the 1977 and 2007 editions, and I'm looking for a copy.
Pretty cool. America's leader might read Conan comics, but Denmark's illustrated Tolkien. They have out-nerded us! We must not have a nerd gap!! Thanks to my pal Sonny for educating me on this and finding these illos.

1 comment:

  1. OMG! You misspelled the name of 'my' queen. Her name is Margrethe :-)

    That aside - her drawings are quite beautiful. She also do paintings and decorations for churches. She even has a small part in a new fairytale-movie dressed as an old beggar. That gives her some street-cred here, and helps to keep the royal family 'accessible'.

    If you like, I could look in a couple of local secondhand bookstores for a copy of LOTR for you?

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