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Horus Engels

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Richard "Horus" Engels (1914- ? deceased) was a German painter, sculptor and illustrator. Richard Engels was born in London, Great Britain, as son of an American father and a German mother. In his youth Richard Engels lived in Berlin and studied in Paris. During World War II he has been captured by the Russian Army, afterwards he moved to Wolfsburg, where he met his later wife, with her he has two children, a son and a daughter. His pictures are full of details and very colourful, like his ten pictures about the tales by the Brothers Grimm. His studio was in the castle Neuhaus near Wolfsburg. Richard Engels was a member of the Subud-organization. In artistic circles he was known as "Horus". In 1946 Richard Engels contacted J.R.R. Tolkien for a German edition of The Hobbit and sent him two illustrations (The trolls and Gollum), which Tolkien found "too Disnified". In 1957 the German publishing company Paulus-Verlag published the first German translation of The Hobbit made by Walter Scherf as Kleiner Hobbit und der große Zauberer in which Engels' illustrations were printed.


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