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'''John Howe''' ([[1957]]) is a renowned artist, and served as a designer for ''[[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]]''.  
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'''John Howe''' is a renowned artist. He has illustrated numerous [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] books and calendars. Together with [[Alan Lee]], Howe was a concept artist for both [[The Lord of the Rings (film series)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (film series)]] and [[The Hobbit (film series)|''The Hobbit'' (film series)]].
  
==Life==
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==History==
 
John Howe was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He graduated from the École des Arts Dècoratifs of [[wikipedia:Strasbourg|Strasbourg]]. Howe has illustrated many of Tolkien's works including ''[[The Hobbit]]'', ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', and ''[[The Silmarillion]]''. He now lives in [[wikipedia:Neuchatel|Neuchatel]] with his wife and son.
 
John Howe was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He graduated from the École des Arts Dècoratifs of [[wikipedia:Strasbourg|Strasbourg]]. Howe has illustrated many of Tolkien's works including ''[[The Hobbit]]'', ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', and ''[[The Silmarillion]]''. He now lives in [[wikipedia:Neuchatel|Neuchatel]] with his wife and son.
  
Howe's [[:Image:John Howe - Boromir 01.jpg|version]] of [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]] is based on his own face.  
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Howe's [[:File:John Howe - Boromir 01.jpg|version]] of [[Boromir]] is based on his own face.  
  
==Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings==
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===The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy===
Howe, along with his colleague [[Alan Lee]], was the lead artist for [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]]. Contrary to popular belief, he does not appear as one of the nine [[Nazgûl|Kings of Men]] in the Prologue of [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]]. Howe is often identified as the second from the left, but an unaltered picture published on page 3 of [[Chris Smith]]'s ''[[The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare]]'' shows it to be a completely different person.
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Howe, along with his colleague [[Alan Lee]], was the lead artist for [[The Lord of the Rings (film series)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (film series)]]. Contrary to popular belief, he does not appear as one of the nine [[Nazgûl|Kings of Men]] in the Prologue of [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]. Howe is often identified as the second from the left, but a picture with better light shows that to be a different person.<ref>[[Chris Smith]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare]]'', p. 3; [[Jude Fisher]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Visual Companion|The Return of the King Visual Companion]]'', p. 32.</ref>
  
 
==Published Artwork==
 
==Published Artwork==
 
Howe is one of [[HarperCollins]]' most used artists, and his cover art is frequently featured on translations as well.  
 
Howe is one of [[HarperCollins]]' most used artists, and his cover art is frequently featured on translations as well.  
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===Multiple editions===
 
===Multiple editions===
 
* ''[[The Hobbit]]''
 
* ''[[The Hobbit]]''
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* ''[[Unfinished Tales]]''
 
* ''[[Unfinished Tales]]''
 
* ''[[The Silmarillion]]''
 
* ''[[The Silmarillion]]''
* ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part 1]]''
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* ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part One]]''
* ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part 2]]''
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* ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part Two]]''
 
* ''[[The Lays of Beleriand]]''
 
* ''[[The Lays of Beleriand]]''
 
* ''[[The Shaping of Middle-earth]]''
 
* ''[[The Shaping of Middle-earth]]''
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* ''[[The War of the Jewels]]''
 
* ''[[The War of the Jewels]]''
 
* ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''
 
* ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''
* ''[[The History of Middle-earth: Index]]''
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* ''[[The History of Middle-earth Index]]''
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===Calendars and books===
 
===Calendars and books===
 
* [[1987]] - ''[[The 1987 J.R.R. Tolkien Calendar|Tolkien Calendar]]''
 
* [[1987]] - ''[[The 1987 J.R.R. Tolkien Calendar|Tolkien Calendar]]''
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* [[2004]] - ''[[War of the Ring (Board game)|War of the Ring]]'' (board game)
 
* [[2004]] - ''[[War of the Ring (Board game)|War of the Ring]]'' (board game)
 
* [[2006]] - ''[[Battles of the Third Age]]'' (board game)
 
* [[2006]] - ''[[Battles of the Third Age]]'' (board game)
==Quotes==
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{{quote|Illustrating Tolkien means treading warily, dipping one's brush in shadow and rinsing them in light. Battle and balance, down the impossible path between the clear and the obscure.|John Howe on painting Middle-earth, ''[[Tolkien's World; Paintings of Middle-earth|Tolkien's World]]''.}}
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==Quotations==
{{quote|Somewhat shamefully I am obliged to admit that I first read ''[[The Two Towers]]'' and ''[[The Return of the King]]'', and finally ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]''. [...] Thus, I plunged directly into the world of Tolkien just above the [[Falls of Rauros]] and have been swimming diligently ever since.|John Howe on his reading experience, ''[[Tolkien's World; Paintings of Middle-earth|Tolkien's World]]''.}}
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{{quote|Illustrating Tolkien means treading warily, dipping one's brush in shadow and rinsing them in light. Battle and balance, down the impossible path between the clear and the obscure.|John Howe on painting Middle-earth, ''[[Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle-earth|Tolkien's World]]''.}}
{{quote|It was this place in North Island, and we wandered round these fields saying, well, [[Bag End]] can go here, that can be our party tree; it was very exciting. It's almost even more fun to have a location imposed upon you, because you really have to get down to brass tacks and figure it out, imagine it on paper. It's a real illustrator's job.|John Howe on working for [[Weta]], [http://movies.ign.com/articles/034/034289p1.html Interview].}}
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{{quote|Somewhat shamefully I am obliged to admit that I first read ''[[The Two Towers]]'' and ''[[The Return of the King]]'', and finally ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]''. [...] Thus, I plunged directly into the world of Tolkien just above the [[Rauros|Falls of Rauros]] and have been swimming diligently ever since.|John Howe on his reading experience, ''[[Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle-earth|Tolkien's World]]''.}}
== See Also ==
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{{quote|It was this place in North Island, and we wandered round these fields saying, well, [[Bag End]] can go here, that can be our party tree; it was very exciting. It's almost even more fun to have a location imposed upon you, because you really have to get down to brass tacks and figure it out, imagine it on paper. It's a real illustrator's job.|John Howe on working for [[Weta Workshop|Weta]], [http://movies.ign.com/articles/034/034289p1.html Interview].}}
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* [[:Category:Images by John Howe|Images by John Howe]]
 
* [[:Category:Images by John Howe|Images by John Howe]]
 
* [[:Category:Images of John Howe|Images of John Howe]]
 
* [[:Category:Images of John Howe|Images of John Howe]]
  
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==External links==
* [http://www.john-howe.com Official Website]
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John Howe
Biographical information
Born21 August, 1957
LocationSwitzerland
WebsiteJohn-Howe.com

John Howe is a renowned artist. He has illustrated numerous Tolkien books and calendars. Together with Alan Lee, Howe was a concept artist for both The Lord of the Rings (film series) and The Hobbit (film series).

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[edit] History

John Howe was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He graduated from the École des Arts Dècoratifs of Strasbourg. Howe has illustrated many of Tolkien's works including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He now lives in Neuchatel with his wife and son.

Howe's version of Boromir is based on his own face.

[edit] The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy

Howe, along with his colleague Alan Lee, was the lead artist for The Lord of the Rings (film series). Contrary to popular belief, he does not appear as one of the nine Kings of Men in the Prologue of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Howe is often identified as the second from the left, but a picture with better light shows that to be a different person.[1]

[edit] Published Artwork

Howe is one of HarperCollins' most used artists, and his cover art is frequently featured on translations as well.

[edit] Multiple editions

[edit] Calendars and books

[edit] Quotations

"Illustrating Tolkien means treading warily, dipping one's brush in shadow and rinsing them in light. Battle and balance, down the impossible path between the clear and the obscure."
― John Howe on painting Middle-earth, Tolkien's World.
"Somewhat shamefully I am obliged to admit that I first read The Two Towers and The Return of the King, and finally The Fellowship of the Ring. [...] Thus, I plunged directly into the world of Tolkien just above the Falls of Rauros and have been swimming diligently ever since."
― John Howe on his reading experience, Tolkien's World.
"It was this place in North Island, and we wandered round these fields saying, well, Bag End can go here, that can be our party tree; it was very exciting. It's almost even more fun to have a location imposed upon you, because you really have to get down to brass tacks and figure it out, imagine it on paper. It's a real illustrator's job."
― John Howe on working for Weta, Interview.

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. Chris Smith, The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare, p. 3; Jude Fisher, The Return of the King Visual Companion, p. 32.