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Gandalf Approaches the Guarded City

Gandalf Approaches the Guarded City


Gandalf Approaches the Guarded City
Cover illustration for The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth by Robert Foster
Grafton Books, 1992

This is one of those titles that just seem to appear spontaneously. The painting is actually a portion of the original illustration for the cover of Robert Foster's book. This detail was also the cover of the 1995 Tolkien Calendar, with a frame added to fit the calendar format.
I've often been asked why Gandalf has a hat, as he is now Gandalf the White. Well, time to go back and read the story a little more carefully... a hat he does indeed have.
On the other hand, I really don't care for the depiction of Minas Tirith. If I had the courage to go back, I'd paint over it and make it rather different.
Very different.
 
 
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