John Howe Talks About Illustrating Middle-Earth For New LOTR TV Show


Illustrator John Howe is understood for his lovely depictions of Tolkien’s works, having served as an artist on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, in addition to illustrating maps for numerous editions of the books. Howe was one of many earliest names recognized to be hooked up to each Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies and Amazon’s new TV show. In an interview with, translated from French, Howe has talked about how he turned a go-to artist for Tolkien’s work.

Howe says he has been fascinated by J. R. R. Tolkien since he was 14 years previous. “He is one of those authors whose visual evocation is extremely strong: what he describes triggers visions,” Howe advised Swissinfo. “Things that are unknown are the most interesting. They are full of decisions to be made, challenges that have to be mastered. Heroic fantasy, when written well, answers questions every generation is asking.”

The illustrator lives and works in Switzerland, a rustic whose lovely mountainous panorama impressed lots of Tolkien’s magical places. However the model of Middle-earth Howe is presently engaged on, for the Amazon Lord of the Rings TV present, is returning to New Zealand the place Peter Jackson’s two trilogies had been filmed. Unfortunately the interview would not provide a lot in the best way of particulars on the still-mysterious TV mission.

Recent reports suggest the TV present is again to filming within the functionally COVID-19-free haven of New Zealand.