When I watched the video below, the only thing I could think about was:
This is apparently a 15-day-old new invention (by the date of all videos in Youtube). It is amazing and the possibilities are truly endless. I’m not an artist and my calligraphy would fare better with a bit of improving, but I’m definitely buying one of those to write Tengwar 3D!
Watch what I mean:
Magically barfing rainbows!
I don’t know when it’s commercially released, how much it’s gonna cost, where it’s gonna be sold but, you know….shut up and take my money!
These are the words of Benjamin Harff.
Created by Morconer
If you have a Tumblr account, you surely know his work. But maybe you don’t or you haven’t got to know much about him! Wel, after reading his interview I decided to spread the beauty of his fingers…the Edel-Silmarillion:
And here some highlights of his interview:
Tolkien Library: How long did it take to make this book?
Benjamin Harff : The whole process took about half a year, plus about half a year where I dealed mainly with the illustrations but also collected knowledge and made sketches for calligraphy. That may appear long, but you have to note that I also had to work for the financing of my studium and do a lot of other things for my exam.
TL: What were the biggest problems you faced in making this book?
BH: I had a lot of problems, but the main problem was my strict limitation in time and money. Looking back I cannot understand how it worked! For my exam it would have been enough to do calligraphy for only one or two chapters. But I didn´t want to have a book with maybe twenty printed and 380 empty pages! That would not have been worthy for a Tolkien-work and I had better done a short story or so. But I thought: „This is your exam and maybe the last time that you can do what you want as an illustrator!“ So I did it, and couldn´t have done it with that fire, wouldn´t it have been a Tolkien-work. And although this was extremely hard, the fire did not cease.
TL: In the process of making this book did you learn more about calligraphy, manuscripts or the Silmarillion itself?
BH: Of course, yes! Although I had weekly calligraphy-lessons at the Academy of Arts for four years, I learned more than ever in these 12 months. I also learned how highly developed the designing and the techniques in the craftmanships of the middle-ages were. Finally, I realized how little respect is given to the written word in a world where you can gain any information with a few mouse-clicks. Maybe it is now the time to give the word an adequate garment.
That’s the way a true Tolkien fan talks!
Check the whole interview here!